Naturalist Basin

Hanna, Utah

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A rolling trail through a basin of woods, meadows, and scenic lakes, almost entirely above 10,000 feet in elevation. While the complete loop with spur trails to nearby lakes can cover more than 20 miles, it can easily be adapted to a shorter 12-mile hike. But the gentle, flowing nature of the trail makes you want to go on to the next lake or meadow. The beauty of the Uinta Mountains is as likely to be found in its complex network of basins and drainages as in its quartzite peaks. Here, unlike the canyons of the Wasatch, you're never quite sure of where the water comes from or the direction in which it flows.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City

by Greg Witt (Menasha Ridge Press)

A rolling trail through a basin of woods, meadows, and scenic lakes, almost entirely above 10,000 feet in elevation. While the complete loop with spur trails to nearby lakes can cover more than 20 miles, it can easily be adapted to a shorter 12-mile hike. But the gentle, flowing nature of the trail makes you want to go on to the next lake or meadow.

The beauty of the Uinta Mountains is as likely to be found in its complex network of basins and drainages as in its quartzite peaks. Here, unlike the canyons of the Wasatch, you're never quite sure of where the water comes from or the direction in which it flows.

©  Greg Witt/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanna
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6–10 hours
Season: Summer
Local Contacts: Wasatch National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Hayden Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Naturalist Basin

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