Hiking Utahand39;s High Uintas  by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman

Hiking Utah's High Uintas Guide Book

by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Utahand39;s High Uintas  by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman
Firsthand descriptions of 99 routes throughout the backcountry wilderness of Utah's Uinta Mountains and High Uintas Wilderness, including easy day hikes to great fishing spots, adventurous treks to remote campsites, and extended backpacking trips for intrepid wilderness travelers.

© 2016 Jeffrey Probst and Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking Utah's High Uintas" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 99.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 99.

Abes Lake sits all alone, and you will likely be, too, if you take this short, steep hike from Holiday Park. This lake can be a little tricky to locate. You have to watch for a side trail that branches away to the left from the main canyon about 2.5 miles up the trail. If you miss the cut-off , you will keep going up the Middle Fork of the Weber River until the trail peters out. The last mile to Abes Lake is the steep section, and you should be heading southeast. Camping at Abes Lake is limited.
Oakley, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
Anglers seeking large arctic grayling must visit Allen Lake. Grayling over a pound are reported. A few big brook trout inhabit this lake too. You won’t catch a lot of fish at Allen Lake, but what you do catch will be sizable. Fishing pressure is light here, so the fish have a chance to grow large. Allen Lake was named in honor of Floyd Allen, a ranger who was killed by lightning while on duty. A wooden monument still stands as a solemn reminder of the man and the awesome powers of nature. We arrived at Allen Lake on August 26—the same day of the year that Mr. Allen met his fate in 1938. The coincidence left us wondering how he might have looked, and how isolated the High Uintas were back in 1938. We checked the sky for storm clouds.
Hanna, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 18.6
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No, this lake is not a swamp where alligators or snakes feed. In fact, it’s rather uncommon to encounter any reptile above 9,000 feet in the High Uintas. However, Alligator Lake can be exploited by human creatures. Dominant pressure persists on weekends, but during the weekdays you should experience a solemn piece of solitude. Good to excellent camping opportunities exist all around the lake.
Mountain View, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
What a pretty hike. The East Fork Bear River Trail caresses a wide, flowing river while steering leisurely by ruins of old log cabins, lush green meadows, and sky-reaching pines. Possible camping areas exist all along the river and all the way to the Allsop–Priord junction. After the junction, the Left Hand Fork Trail ascends high along the side of a steep ravine. Here you’ll find a stunning overlook of consecutive waterfalls gushing down a sheer rock canyon.
Evanston, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 17
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Set in the top of a glacial cirque, this is one of the prettiest alpine lakes in the High Uintas. A few small pines dot its shores, and the massive cliffs and talus slopes add grandeur to the emerald-green waters. This large lake (42.5 acres) attracts moderate crowds because of its scenery and frequently fast fishing. The hike in is only 6.0 miles each way, but it seems longer. Two thousand feet of elevation is a lot to gain in such a short distance.
Evanston, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
People staying at the Spirit Lake Lodge might consider a long day trip to the Weyman Basin and Upper and Lower Anson lakes. The lakes are popular with anglers, but the scenery alone is worth the walk. The trailhead is located next to the road on the east side of Spirit Lake. There are no parking spaces at this trailhead, so use the campground. The lodge at Spirit Lake offers cabins, horse rentals, a cafe, toilets, water, and guide service.
Mountain View, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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Long drive, short hike, and solitude pretty well sum up this day trip. No matter which way you come from, you will probably be in for a long drive before you start hiking. But if you would rather spend more time driving through scenic country than hiking it, then this hike may interest you, especially if you’re looking to get away from other people.
Duchesne, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Bald Lake is probably the only lake in the Smiths Fork Drainage containing campsites that still only receives light fishing and camping use. This natural cirque lake harbors a large population of native brook trout. Stocking has been discontinued, since natural reproduction has consistently met its quota. You should have no problem filling your skillet here. Bald Lake sits near a glacial talus slope with a snowy ice pack that is the main source of water for this alpine lake. Small, stunted pines dot the north and east shorelines where a few sheltered campsites are found. Just south of the lake, a spectacular panorama of the upper Smiths Fork Drainage awaits your viewing.
Mountain View, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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The Weber, Provo, Duchesne, and Bear Rivers all begin near here. Looking to the west, you can spot a couple dozen lakes that speckle the upper regions of the Provo and Weber Rivers. Bald Mountain—the best time investment you can make in the High Uintas. If you only have a few hours to spend and want to experience some grand vistas, then this is the place. Just 2.5 miles of steep hiking puts you atop this well-known peak, where you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of four of Utah’s major watersheds. Scan the cliffs and debris fields of Bald Mountain for moving white spots; there is a high chance of spotting mountain goats.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Surrounded by mature pines, Bear Lake offers a quiet picture-book setting for the weary traveler. Its deep, placid waters seem to beckon, “Rest here, rest here.” And a lot of hikers do. Bear Lake receives its share of backpackers that come to visit the popular Henrys Fork Drainage. You might have some company here, but there are plenty of nice campsites, and the thick pines will serve as privacy barriers.
Mountain View, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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Beaver Lake is characterized by timbered shorelines, with shallow water prevailing on the east side of the lake. Excellent campsites are in a large park to the west, and several sources of springwater and horse pasture are in nearby meadows. Brook trout and a few cutthroats inhabit this lake. Beaver Lake is located in the Middle Fork of Beaver Creek Drainage. From Georges Park trailhead, the trail heads west, then turns to the southwest for 5.5 miles to a fork. Stay to left and go another 1.3 miles to the lake. Just southwest of Beaver lies Coffin Lake. Coffin gets its name from its oblong shape and small shelves surrounding the water.
Mountain View, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.6
You can pack extra gear into here. The hike is just a little over a mile one way, so bring the lawn chairs and float tube. There is a steep incline just before the dam, but otherwise it’s an easy hike. From the end of Norway Flats Road, Little Elk Lake is about 0.3 mile to the west of the trail. Continue another 0.8 mile to a trail junction and Big Elk Lake. At Big Elk Lake, fishing is generally good for stocked brook and cutthroat trout. A raft or canoe would be nice to escape the crowds and the bugs, but you can do just fine from shore. Fish with a small fly (#16) during the morning and evening, and you should have little trouble catching enough for a hearty meal.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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The avid outdoorsman should have great expectations of Bollie Lake. Fast fishing has been reported for pan-size brookies, and the open picturesque shorelines make for easy fly-casting. Excellent campsites and horse pasture exist by the lush meadows that are interspersed with the pines. Several different starting points can be used to reach Bollie Lake. All access points are about the same distance, but the old logging road that ventures past Jefferson Park is the most feasible route. Access to the logging road can only be obtained by foot or on horseback. Dry Gulch Road has been barricaded about 4.0 miles from the turnoff of Road 119.
Duchesne, UT - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 12
Depending on your priorities, you may want to leave the backpack behind. Access is somewhat steep, and large rocks with deadfall literally litter the way. On the other hand, many people avoid difficult obstructions. Which means you should have this lake all to yourself. Broadhead Lake remains remarkably untouched, as fire rings have promptly perished. (Let’s keep it that way.) There is no need for the daytime explorer to make a fire.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Some people would rather fish or camp by a stream than at a lake. There are many benefits to stream camping, especially if you can seclude your camp away from the trail. Any hikers you bump into will just be passing through, the fishing pressure is light, and there is plenty of firewood available. It sounds kind of like a well-kept secret to me, doesn’t it? If you would like to try the stream-camping experience, there’s no better place than Buck Pasture.
Evanston, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
Although Carolyn Lake is in a popular area, it is most often passed by. This small lake is in timbered country characterized by boggy shorelines and a small, wet meadow. Springwater is somewhat limited, but good running water can be found on the southeast side of the lake. One reason we think this lake is so often overlooked is because Carolyn contains a large population of arctic grayling. This is no problem if you know how to prepare the little suckers, but most anglers prefer high-mountain trout. If grayling are on your menu, you should have no problem limiting out. The fish seem to be jumping all day long and will smack a small, colorful fl y or fl ashy spinner.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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This hike is for the roadside camper looking for a short diversion. Castle Lake is less than half a mile west of Butterfly Lake. Butterfly Lake has excellent campground facilities, as well as a parking area for day-use anglers. There is no trail to Castle Lake, but just head due west, stay close to the base of the cliffs, and you can’t miss it. There are several small ponds on the way. Don’t mistake one of them for Castle Lake.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
Chain Lakes are three connecting reservoirs and one natural lake. Campsites and horse pasture are somewhat limited at all four lakes, but they receive heavy camping and fishing anyway. During the late summer months, the reservoirs experience serious fluctuation, and angling pressure decreases rapidly. However, from July to mid-August pan-size brookies are abundant at all reservoirs and should produce fast fishing. Chain #4 is a natural lake located on a plateau. Anglers don’t utilize this lake as much as the others, but this is often the best fishing hole during late summer.
Roosevelt, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
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After a long, steep climb, Clements Reservoir will look mighty good. Sheltered campsites are abundant along the northern shoreline, and you can easily imagine what it would be like to have a cabin overlooking the lake. The setting is rustic, yet peaceful. The trail from Moon Lake starts out easy. An old road is now a wide, clear trail for the first few miles. Then the going gets tough as the trail rears its ugly head, and you find yourself picking your way through the steep and rocky path. After 7.0 miles, there is a junction with the trail that goes to Kidney Lake, just before reaching Brown Duck Lake. Stay to the right here. The cursed rocks are relentless and don’t give you a break until you reach Clements Reservoir.
Duchesne, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 21
You couldn’t ask for a prettier setting. The stage is set with picture-perfect campsites that overlook a small lake dimpled by feeding fish. A stately cliff serves as a backdrop. Grassy campsites are just off the trail on the eastern shore, providing an ideal place to watch the sunset and reflect on the finer things of life. The whole scene mirrors off the clear water.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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