The Shannon Basin Loop Trail is a moderately easy, winding loop that follows the terrain around the Shannon Creek watershed and offers scenic views of Goat Ridge, Shannon Creek, and Skypilot Mountain.
The Shannon Basin Loop begins on the Backcountry Access road then drops down an old roadbed that meanders down 3.2 km to a bridge crossing over Shannon Creek. From there you can drop down the Sea to Summit Trail and continue to the bottom of the gondola, or stay right to take the Upper Sea to Summit Trail to return to the summit. Connecting to the Upper Sea to Summit Trail makes for a nice, moderately technical, 2-4 hour return trip from the top of the gondola.
Level of difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Distance: 9.7 km loop
Estimated time: 2-3 hours (run times will be different)
Elevation Gain: Net gain 474 m, 292 m loss
Trail Markers: Numbered 1-200. Yellow blazers.