Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
I have been in Grandady Basin 3 times, but most recent trip was 8/22/2008. I love this place, but a couple of notes. I would go as early as possible and enjoy the snow, go on a week day or late in the season after school starts and you will avoid the people. All three trips have been mostly or totally without seeing other people, but if you go the wrong time this is a busy place. If you do go on the weekend, go pass Grandaddy and Betsy Lakes and you will be beyond most of the people.
Past Grandaddy lake you can go towards Betsy and the other lakes or towards Lodgepole Lake. Lodgepole is beautiful lake and a there is a great place to camp with a stream nearby on the otherside of the lake. This is a nice place to visit for an overnighter, it is 5.5 miles from the tail head and the lake has lots of fish. However, this is not a good place to stay if you want to explore the rest of the basin. To do this I would travel past Betsy and set up camp and then daypack from there to the remainder of the basin.
There are lots of beautiful lakes and great fishing throughout the basin, but one of the most beautiful lakes in the Unita's in Governor Dern. It is a hike from the Highline Trailhead or the Grandview Trailhead, but well worth it.
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