Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
This trail is lovely, however, there are lots of horses on the trail, at least the first few miles. I would have given it another star if it wasn't open to horses. I spent the day dodging horse poop.
I hesitate to give such a positive review and thus spoil the sublime solitude found here. We found the Naturalist Basin to be remarkably pristine. No trail is even decernible between several of the high lakes on the loop. We encountered only one other hiker on a prime august day.
The trail into the basin from Mirror Lake is used heavily by horses and has suffered the reprecussions (rocky, dusty, smelly, with flies) though otherwise well maintained.
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