Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
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This was the destination of an annual backpack trip that I do with my son and a few friends. It was the second attempt to get to Clyde Lake, and we almost didn't make it again. The trail is a bit confusing at times, and we had to hike off-trail for about .5 miles to get to our destination. The area is beautiful in the late summer-perfect for a nice getaway.
great hike, but the mosquitoes are fierce! my girlfriend and i had planed to staying on this and the surrounding trails for 3 days, but the bugs where unbelievable! we ended up heading off the mountain after the first night. other than that this was one of the most beautiful hikes i have done in utah! beautiful lakes and ponds, wild flowers, rock walls, occasional snow patch (if you are early) and friendly people.
i have done this hike a bunch of times and is one of my favorite day hikes in the high uintas. You start at 10,200 feet and most of the trail is fairly flat minus two short climbs. I have seen mountian goats in such perfect setting that I thought I was a Cabella's. Anyway, there are 13 lakes on the hike and about half of them have good fishing. I highly recomend this hike.
Nice overnight backpack trip. Lots of beautifuls scenery. The trail past Wall Lake is a much more gradual climb with a better trail on moderate intensity than the trail past Watson and Cliff Lakes. With the latter, you need to pay attention to the map and what side of the lake the trail runs on because the trail is faint at times and there are other faint trails that can lead you astray. There are a number of dead falls and the the trail is quite rough and rocky. I would consider it a strenuous trail similar to a lot of the trails in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. The fishing in the lakes is quite good but the fish are quite small and make sure to use a small hook as they strike a small fly a lot more often than a larger one.
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