Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
Love this hike. The bald mountain trail gives you all the challenges and scenery. The trail isn't that easy to follow, please have a map and pay close attention to tracks. There are a few trail markings on trees and a few cairns. But I can see how so many people get lost in the Uintas.
Wildlife- we saw moose, but no signs of any kind of bear (doesn't mean there isn't). Also be ready for the weather to change from 70 degrees and sunny to hail and 35 degrees in the span of 2 hours or less.
The best campsites we found were past the lower red castle lake about a half mile or so just past a small river near the unnamed lake (which is the pretiest lake of them all).
Easily one of my favorite if not my favorite hike in all of the Uintahs. I usually hike in from the China Meadows two or three times a year. The trail isn't too difficult but the length especially with backpacks limits the number of people generally. The fishing in Red Castle lake is also tremendous. I find that nymphs pulled with a slow retreive behind a casting float or Lil' Jakes spinn-a-lure work the best for summer fishing. Go the second or third week of August. Alot less bugs are around and the nights are pleasantly cool.
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