Walk-up Lake

Roosevelt, Utah

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Walk-up Lake is not as easy as its name implies. You don’t want to be in a hurry going through this country. It’s both beautiful and treacherous. But cirque lovers will adore this bowl carved out eons ago when glaciers ruled the High Uintas, and solitude seekers should like this place, since it sees very few visitors. The easiest (but not easy) route is to first go 1.3 miles to Papoose Lake, almost directly north of Chepeta Lake trailhead. From there, hike northwest another 2.5 miles up steep, rocky slopes and meadows. It is a little tricky picking your way through the boulders, so plan on a little extra time. Cirque lovers will adore this bowl, carved out eons ago when glaciers ruled the High Uintas. Steep slopes drop sharply into the clear water, which reaches a depth of 55 feet. That’s pretty deep for a lake of only 18 acres.
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)

Walk-up Lake is not as easy as its name implies. You don’t want to be in a hurry going through this country. It’s both beautiful and treacherous. But cirque lovers will adore this bowl carved out eons ago when glaciers ruled the High Uintas, and solitude seekers should like this place, since it sees very few visitors.

The easiest (but not easy) route is to first go 1.3 miles to Papoose Lake, almost directly north of Chepeta Lake trailhead. From there, hike northwest another 2.5 miles up steep, rocky slopes and meadows. It is a little tricky picking your way through the boulders, so plan on a little extra time.

Cirque lovers will adore this bowl, carved out eons ago when glaciers ruled the High Uintas. Steep slopes drop sharply into the clear water, which reaches a depth of 55 feet. That’s pretty deep for a lake of only 18 acres.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Roosevelt
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 10,600 feet
Top Elevation: 11,300 feet
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chepeta Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Walk-up Lake

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