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.
- 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.