Notch Mountain Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain3,489ft
Trailhead Elevation10,764ft
Elevation Min/Max9517/10764ft
Elevation Start/End10764/10764ft

Notch Mountain Trail

Notch Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Summit County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 8.7 miles long and begins at 10,764 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,489 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The Cliff Lake (elevation 10,305 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. There are also waters and waters along the trail. Near the end of the trail is an information board. This trail connects with the following: Bald Mountain Trail.

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"This pleasant, meandering hike winds through aspen groves, pine forest, and scrub oak before opening up to rocky vistas with views of multiple lakes and ponds. On a hot day this hike is a lovely respite with many opportunities for swimming and enjoying the cool breeze. Be prepared for summer storms to bring brief but heavy rainstorms even on the clearest days."

"Going down anyone? Boy, you sure don’t find many hikes like this one in the High Uintas. You actually get to hike downhill on the hike in. A fast hiker should be able to cover the entire distance in an hour. But coming back out may be a bit slower, as you’ll have to make up 500 feet of elevation.

Notch Lake lies at the east base of Notch Mountain and is visible from the trail. From Bald Mountain trailhead, the trail goes west and then northwest 2.3 miles to the lake. It is actually a reservoir that fluctuates quite a bit as the summer progresses. Notch usually drops more than 20 feet and loses about half its surface size. Campsites are abundant and spacious, so don’t worry about a place to stay, although you might have some company. Spring water flows just west of the lake."

"A long and rewarding hike, the Notch Mountain Trail whisks you by gorgeous alpine lakes, reveals miles upon miles of mountains within the sprawling Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and offers a true sense of the area’s grandeur without requiring an overly lengthy or rutted dirt-road drive.

If you are camping in the area, this trail is but one of many you can explore. The Notch Mountain Trail, however, showcases some of the best views around, which makes it an ideal candidate for sharing some of northern Utah's most classic scenery. While you will gain elevation, you also lose significant amounts along the way, making this trail unusual in the otherwise upwardly mobile hikes of the Uinitas."

"The Notch Mountain Trail is a delightful path on the western side of the Uinta Mountains that winds lazily through the subalpine forest west of Bald Mountain and eventually returns to the Mirror Lake Highway through the notch in Notch Mountain. It is an area strewn with lakes and talus covered mountain peaks—all shaped and sculpted by the glaciers of the last Ice Age.

A hundred thousand years ago this area was a sea of ice, broken only by the island peaks of Bald Mountain, Notch Mountain, Mount Watson, Haystack, and a few other summits. At least four separate glaciers came together on the slopes of Bald Mountain, with long fingers extending for up to twenty miles down the north and south slopes of the range. As the glaciers moved they gouged deep pockets into the earth and rock, and today the result is a landscape punctuated by scores of picturesque lakes."

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Heber-Kamas Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mirror Lake
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Nov 2018