Thompson Lake

Kamas, Utah

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One word can describe Thompson Lake—inaccessible. In fact, some call Thompson Lake the most inaccessible lake in the High Uintas. Because of this distinction, we have included it in this book, though we don’t recommend it for everyone. If you’re up for some serious mountaineering and some truly remote fishing, you might like it. From the Highline trailhead, descend 300 feet over a mile to the Mirror Lake Trail junction. Stay left and follow the Highline Trail 4.0 miles southeast across several gentle ravines to a posted sign at the Naturalist Basin turnoff . Stay right (east) at this junction, continuing on the Highline Trail. Go about 1.0 mile to another junction with the trail heading into the East Fork of the Duchesne River. Stay right (south then east) at another junction about 1.0 mile farther with the trail heading over the high pass to Four Lakes Basin. From here, a steep trail goes another 1.0 mile to Cyclone Pass and ends in a massive boulder fi eld on the other side. The boulders continue all the way to Thompson Lake.
Hiking Utah's High Uintas

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Hiking Utah's High Uintas

by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman (Falcon Guides)

One word can describe Thompson Lake—inaccessible. In fact, some call Thompson Lake the most inaccessible lake in the High Uintas. Because of this distinction, we have included it in this book, though we don’t recommend it for everyone. If you’re up for some serious mountaineering and some truly remote fishing, you might like it.

From the Highline trailhead, descend 300 feet over a mile to the Mirror Lake Trail junction. Stay left and follow the Highline Trail 4.0 miles southeast across several gentle ravines to a posted sign at the Naturalist Basin turnoff . Stay right (east) at this junction, continuing on the Highline Trail. Go about 1.0 mile to another junction with the trail heading into the East Fork of the Duchesne River. Stay right (south then east) at another junction about 1.0 mile farther with the trail heading over the high pass to Four Lakes Basin. From here, a steep trail goes another 1.0 mile to Cyclone Pass and ends in a massive boulder fi eld on the other side. The boulders continue all the way to Thompson Lake.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kamas
Distance: 22.5
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 17 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 10,400 feet
Top Elevation: 11,000 feet
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hayden Peak, Explorer Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Thompson Lake

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