Keystone Standard Basin

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Opinion. This is both an excellent mountain bike ride or a hike. An amazing trail that is almost all alpine meadows. Great in early August for flowers. While biking is great, it would be just as good for hiking and camping - access to many ridges off the trail would be fantastic from an overnight camp anywhere on the trail. Backdrop is glaciated peaks - truly spectacular, the most scenic bikeride I have ever taken. If you are hiking, you may want to consider going up Keystone Peak via Standard Basin instead of slogging to the canyon.

Fact. Out and back, no junctions. Climbs through light forest for ~1km, then through meadows. Contours around with moderate ascending and descending trail. Descends somewhat to standard basin, then climbs switchbacks to other side. Descends somewhat to open forest and Cabin on lake. For an end of the day treat, cycle down the logging road to Highway 23 - really fast long descent!