The Basin Loop Trail is a 1.6 mile moderate difficulty trail with nice views of the window area along the route. The trail climbs a little over 200 feet and winds through shady stands of pinyon pine, juniper, and a small type of oak, as well as a large variety of plant species. For longer hikes, this trail connects with the Laguna Meadow and Pinnacle Trails. This is bear and mountain lion habitat, so be alert as you hike.
Start at the main Basin Trailhead and follow the South Rim Trail. After about a quarter of a mile the trail splits into the Lagana Meadow and Pinnacle Trails. Here you will find a sign with arrows pointing in both directions for the Basin Loop Trail. We took the route to the right up the Laguna Meadow Trail. About a half a mile farther the Basin Loop Trail splits off to the left. Follow this until you meet the Pinnacles Trail, then continue left and downhill.