Fern Lake

Hanna, Utah

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This hike is a pretty one, but it seems like it’s uphill both ways. You’ll rise more than 800 feet traversing Hades Pass, and then you’ll give almost all that elevation back as you descend to Fern Lake. Even though the elevation gain is a mere 100 feet in just under 6 miles, level ground is unheard of. If you’re not forging up, you’re dropping down. It’s not a long hike to Fern Lake, but it is a strenuous one. A well-traveled trail climbs more than 800 feet in just 2.0 miles to the top of Hades Pass. There you’ll have a “grand view” of Heart Lake, Grandaddy Lake, and countless acres of the pine-covered hills of the Rock Creek Drainage. Walk another 1.0 mile to a trail junction in the narrow piece of land between Betsy and Grandaddy Lakes.
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)

This hike is a pretty one, but it seems like it’s uphill both ways. You’ll rise more than 800 feet traversing Hades Pass, and then you’ll give almost all that elevation back as you descend to Fern Lake. Even though the elevation gain is a mere 100 feet in just under 6 miles, level ground is unheard of. If you’re not forging up, you’re dropping down.

It’s not a long hike to Fern Lake, but it is a strenuous one. A well-traveled trail climbs more than 800 feet in just 2.0 miles to the top of Hades Pass. There you’ll have a “grand view” of Heart Lake, Grandaddy Lake, and countless acres of the pine-covered hills of the Rock Creek Drainage. Walk another 1.0 mile to a trail junction in the narrow piece of land between Betsy and Grandaddy Lakes.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanna
Distance: 11.4
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,600 feet
Top Elevation: 10,800 feet
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Grandaddy Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Fern Lake

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