Soapstone Basin

Kamas, Utah

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Soapstone Basin is a fast-paced, backcountry tour looping around a broad valley pocketed with groves of fir and aspen. Miniature wildflowers speckle the sunny, alpine meadows like paint spattered from an artist’s brush. By and large, you won’t find staggering views of mountain peaks along the main loop, although the Uinta Mountains do reveal themselves shyly from time to time. If you venture off course to the Bluffs overlook, however, you’ll find a view that will make acrophobes tremble. Here, the Duchesne River has carved a gorge over 2,000 feet deep. The river’s headwaters trickle from snowfields that cloak the Uinta Mountains—home to Utah’s tallest peak, King’s Peak, rising to 13,528 feet. Tread: Packed- and soft-dirt doubletracks with variable imbedded rocks and ruts.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Soapstone Basin is a fast-paced, backcountry tour looping around a broad valley pocketed with groves of fir and aspen. Miniature wildflowers speckle the sunny, alpine meadows like paint spattered from an artist’s brush. By and large, you won’t find staggering views of mountain peaks along the main loop, although the Uinta Mountains do reveal themselves shyly from time to time.

If you venture off course to the Bluffs overlook, however, you’ll find a view that will make acrophobes tremble. Here, the Duchesne River has carved a gorge over 2,000 feet deep. The river’s headwaters trickle from snowfields that cloak the Uinta Mountains—home to Utah’s tallest peak, King’s Peak, rising to 13,528 feet. Tread: Packed- and soft-dirt doubletracks with variable imbedded rocks and ruts.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Kamas
Distance: 16.5
Elevation Gain: 1,320 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: late May through October. Beware hunting season, Sept.- Oct.
Trailhead Elevation: 8,570 feet
Top Elevation: 9,800 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Kamas Ranger District, 435-783-4338
Local Maps: USGS: Iron Mine Mtn. And Soapstone Basin
Driving Directions: Directions to Soapstone Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

6/14/2008
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Beautiful scenery, but do not attempt until snow has melted from the Uintas. In mid June we spent almost 4 miles pushing our bikes through large amounts of snow that had not yet melted. Also, it appears that as the snow melts, more ATV's arriv eon the scene.



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Apr 2018