Basalt Mountain Trail is a 3.5 mile out-and-back trail that gains about 2,200 feet in altitude. The Lake Christine Wildfire burned 12,500 acres in summer 2018 on Basalt Mountain. This hike allows visitors to witness the amazing process of forest regeneration and regrowth firsthand.
From Basalt to the Trailhead: From Basalt take Hwy. 82 west and exit at El Jebel. Turn right at the Shell station and head up through El Jebel and Missouri Heights for about six miles past Spring Park Reservoir. Here the road forks. Take the right fork onto Forest Road #509 for approximately two miles, to the intersection of Cattle Creek and Basalt Mountain Roads. Turn right on Road #524 and go six miles to the top of Basalt Mountain. The trail starts by a locked gate and the bulletin board is 300 feet past the cattle guard on the top.