Milk Lake

Duchesne, Utah

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Milk Lake is for loners. In fact, Milk Lake is a loner itself. Situated high on the east side of the Yellowstone Drainage, there are no other lakes for miles in any direction. It’s a long, steep hike whether you’re following Yellowstone Creek or coming over Bluebell Pass from the Swift Creek Drainage. The Swift Creek route is shorter by 3 miles and is the suggested route. You’ll need to traverse Bluebell Pass, but it is not bad as mountain passes go, even by horseback. If you feel alone and remote at Milk Lake, it’s because, well, you are. It’s a great feeling. You might feel almost like an explorer in this vast country that rarely sees visitors of the human kind. This is a true wilderness experience. You should be in great physical shape and confident of your skills before coming out here.
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)

Milk Lake is for loners. In fact, Milk Lake is a loner itself. Situated high on the east side of the Yellowstone Drainage, there are no other lakes for miles in any direction. It’s a long, steep hike whether you’re following Yellowstone Creek or coming over Bluebell Pass from the Swift Creek Drainage. The Swift Creek route is shorter by 3 miles and is the suggested route. You’ll need to traverse Bluebell Pass, but it is not bad as mountain passes go, even by horseback.

If you feel alone and remote at Milk Lake, it’s because, well, you are. It’s a great feeling. You might feel almost like an explorer in this vast country that rarely sees visitors of the human kind. This is a true wilderness experience. You should be in great physical shape and confident of your skills before coming out here.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Duchesne
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 14 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,700 feet
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Garfield Basin
Driving Directions: Directions to Milk Lake

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