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Four Lakes Basin Trail, Rainbow Lake and Brinton Meadow

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Basics
Location:
Along Highway 150 about 35 miles northeast of Kamas and about 6.5 miles in on the Highline Trail
Length:
6 miles oneway
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Elevation Change:
1800 feet
Season:
June to October

Description

This trail connects the Highline Trail near Pigeon Milk Springs with the scenic Four Lakes Basin. Four Lakes Basin Trail crosses the end of a boulder-covered ridge and about 1 1/2 miles south and east of Pigeon Milk Springs reaches a nice viewpoint overlooking Four Lakes Basin. This basin, about 4 miles from the trailhead at its furthest point, is a very scenic, open area at the base of glaciated mountains. It consists of four good fishing lakes: Jean, Dean, Dale and Daynes. These lakes, being further in, do not get nearly as heavy use as Naturalist Basin. Cutthroat, brook trout and grayling are found here. In addition to the official trails, a large number of informal trails and off-trail cross-country routes exist in this area.

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Location:
Along Highway 150 about 35 miles northeast of Kamas and about 6.5 miles in on the Highline Trail
Length:
6 miles oneway
2 miles to Four Lakes Basin, another 4 miles to the middle of Brinton Meadow
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Elevation Change:
1800
Season:
June to October
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quad: Hayden Peak
Additional Details:
Trail is very muddy for the first 1/2 mile south of the Highline Trail early in the season and following summer storms. Heavily used between July 24 and Labor Day. A trail goes from Daynes Lake in the Four Lakes Basin area southwest for 2 miles through timber to connect with the Grandaddy Basin Trail network near Rainbow Lake. This trail can be used to make a backpacking loop between the lake basins and back to the Highline Trail or to continue into the Brinton Meadow / Grandaddy Basin area.
Basic Directions
Trail begins at a junction with the Highline Trail, 6.5 miles from the Highline Trailhead.

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