Basin Mountain Loop via Phelps Trail
based on 26 tracks & routes Johns Brook Primitive Area #22 hike out of 305 in
7 hrs 55 min
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Basin & Saddleback
Basin #15- 4,827' Saddleback #16- 4,515' Easy hike up the John's Brook valley to slant rock. Campsites and water everywhere. Very tranquil section of trail. JB has crystalline water and lovely pools. Slant rock area makes a great spot for a peak bagging basecamp. Shorey short cut trail is steep! Lots of wet spots from after Slant rock to Basin summit. - Fun scrambles with positive holds up Basin. Light breeze on top, warm. Views of Marcy and Haystack are phenomenal! Rugged country. - The best scramble in the Dacks is to be found on Saddleback! Loved it. Exposure, amazing views, a few routes to choose from, perfect :) Clouds rolled in on Saddleback, still warm. - 4.45 hrs to Basin summit - 45 min from Basin to Saddleback - American Toads, shrew, down in the valley - 75 degrees down low - Marcy Brook was 46 degrees!!!