Steinke Basin Trail

Steinke Basin Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Why Hike It? The Steinke Basin Trail (Loop) offers a relaxing moderately flat walk through a variety of environments including forests & wetlands. There is a photogenic bridge over a rocky stream that flows in the spring and after wet weather. The basin area is a nice option for birders as well.

Description: An easy, level, often wide, grassy, wooded loop trail through an extinct glacial lake bed. Includes bridges and a variety of land covers. (2.5 miles, approximate hiking time 2 hours)

Winter Use: This trail is designated “multi-use” for non-motorized activity. The trail is popular for snowshoeing and skiing. As of 2018, the trail is no longer tracked or otherwise maintained for skiing.

Special Notes: 

  • The Steinke Basin Trail is often extremely muddy in some sections during the spring and other wet periods.
  • Pets are required to be on-leash at all times, However, it is common have unleashed dogs run up on you on this trail.
  • Bikes are not allowed on the Steinke Basin trail other than to access the Uplands Trail from the parking area or the Northern Lights Campground connector.
  • Hunting is allowed in much of the Steinke Basin area. Hikers need to be aware of hunting seasons.


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