Grandaddy Basin Trail

Duchesne, Utah 84021

Grandaddy Basin Trail

Grandaddy Basin Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The High Uintas Wilderness Area is a paradise for sport fishermen. More than a thousand lakes lie within the boundaries of the wilderness area, of which Utah’s Department of Wildlife Resources reports some 650 contain significant populations of game fish. The 170-acre Grandaddy Lake is one of the largest of the Uintas lakes, and also one of the most popular. It is very scenic, easy to get to, and generally well stocked with cutthroat and brook trout.

Unfortunately, there are usually so many campers around Grandaddy Lake it is not possible to enjoy a real wilderness experience there. But there are many other less well visited lakes nearby. There are over twenty lakes within a two-hour walk of Grandaddy. The fishing is good in most of them, and excellent campsites are easy to find. There are also numerous other trails in Grandaddy Basin, and many variations of this hike are possible. The route outlined here is a loop tour of nine of the better known lakes. The minimum recommended time for the trip is two days, but one could easily spend a week in the basin-especially if catching fish is on the agenda. If you have more time to spare I suggest you establish a camp at one of the lakes and explore the other lakes on day trips."

Grandaddy Basin Trail Trip Reports

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I have been in Grandady Basin 3 times, but most recent trip was 8/22/2008. I love this place, but a couple of notes. I would go as early as possible and enjoy the snow, go on a week day or late in the season after school starts and you will avoid the people. All three trips have been mostly or totally without seeing other people, but if you go the wrong time this is a busy place. If you do go on the weekend, go pass Grandaddy and Betsy Lakes and you will be beyond most of the people.

Past Grandaddy lake you can go towards Betsy and the other lakes or towards Lodgepole Lake. Lodgepole is beautiful lake and a there is a great place to camp with a stream nearby on the otherside of the lake. This is a nice place to visit for an overnighter, it is 5.5 miles from the tail head and the lake has lots of fish. However, this is not a good place to stay if you want to explore the rest of the basin. To do this I would travel past Betsy and set up camp and then daypack from there to the remainder of the basin.

There are lots of beautiful lakes and great fishing throughout the basin, but one of the most beautiful lakes in the Unita's in Governor Dern. It is a hike from the Highline Trailhead or the Grandview Trailhead, but well worth it.


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Trail Information

Nearby City
940 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
10.75 hours
Midsummer through mid-fall
9,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,300 feet
Top Elevation
Duchesne Ranger District, Ashley National Forest, High Uintas Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
Grandaddy Lake (USGS), Hayden Peak (USGS)
Local Maps

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