Picture Lake

Duchesne, Utah

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“Thar’s gold in them thar hills.” This may be your first impression upon arriving at East Basin Pass. From here you’ll have an inspirational view of the whole Upper Lake Fork Drainage. It leads you to believe that no one has ever been here before. That may have been the case a couple hundred years ago, but now a variety of explorers and Scout troops make East Basin a popular place. From Lake Fork trailhead, the trail is wide and clear for the first few miles, following Brown Duck Creek on the west side of Round Mountain. After about 7.0 miles, there is a junction with the trail going to Clements Reservoir. Stay to the right here and go 3.5 miles to Clements Reservoir. The trail continues another 6.0 miles to two small lakes, then follow the creek southwest another 0.5 mile to the lake. Most groups make their base camp at the three small lakes that lie below Picture Lake. Several good camping areas exist near these lakes, and others can be found along the inlet streams. These lakes receive moderate to heavy angling pressure but can still be hot at times. Try a small spinner or fly. With a little skill, brook trout can be hooked throughout the deepwater channels.
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)

“Thar’s gold in them thar hills.” This may be your first impression upon arriving at East Basin Pass. From here you’ll have an inspirational view of the whole Upper Lake Fork Drainage. It leads you to believe that no one has ever been here before. That may have been the case a couple hundred years ago, but now a variety of explorers and Scout troops make East Basin a popular place.

From Lake Fork trailhead, the trail is wide and clear for the first few miles, following Brown Duck Creek on the west side of Round Mountain. After about 7.0 miles, there is a junction with the trail going to Clements Reservoir. Stay to the right here and go 3.5 miles to Clements Reservoir. The trail continues another 6.0 miles to two small lakes, then follow the creek southwest another 0.5 mile to the lake.

Most groups make their base camp at the three small lakes that lie below Picture Lake. Several good camping areas exist near these lakes, and others can be found along the inlet streams. These lakes receive moderate to heavy angling pressure but can still be hot at times. Try a small spinner or fly. With a little skill, brook trout can be hooked throughout the deepwater channels.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Duchesne
Distance: 34
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 22 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet
Top Elevation: 10,500 feet
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Oweep Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Picture Lake

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Apr 2018