Naturalist Basin

Kamas, Utah

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Naturalist Basin is one of the most visited locations in the High Uintas Wilderness. If you’re looking for solitude, this may not be the best choice; however, the natural beauty of its lakes, waterfalls, and meadows—combined with its easy access—make Naturalist Basin a premier hiking destination. After descending 200 feet in the first 0.75 mile, a trail joins from Mirror Lake to the south. Continue on the Highline Trail to the southeast for 1.5 miles, passing through pine forests to arrive at Scudder Lake. The next 0.75 mile of the trail levels as it turns east. At the 3-mile mark, you reach a fork. The south (right) trail leads to Wilder and Wyman Lakes. Continue straight ahead (left at the fork) on the Highline Trail.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Naturalist Basin is one of the most visited locations in the High Uintas Wilderness. If you’re looking for solitude, this may not be the best choice; however, the natural beauty of its lakes, waterfalls, and meadows—combined with its easy access—make Naturalist Basin a premier hiking destination.

After descending 200 feet in the first 0.75 mile, a trail joins from Mirror Lake to the south. Continue on the Highline Trail to the southeast for 1.5 miles, passing through pine forests to arrive at Scudder Lake. The next 0.75 mile of the trail levels as it turns east. At the 3-mile mark, you reach a fork. The south (right) trail leads to Wilder and Wyman Lakes. Continue straight ahead (left at the fork) on the Highline Trail.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kamas
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 980 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Late July to September
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Kamas Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mirror Lake; Trails Illustrated High Uintas Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Naturalist Basin

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