Grandaddy Lake

Hanna, Utah 84031

Grandaddy Lake

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"Grandaddy Lake—the name implies that it is the largest and best of all the lakes. Is it the largest? Yes, it is easily the largest natural lake in the High Uintas. Is it the best? Judging solely by the number of backcountry visitors, the answer to that question also is yes.

Usage is very heavy at this well-known lake, but it seems to handle the pressure well. The crowds can scatter to numerous campsites around Grandaddy’s irregular shoreline. Litter can be a problem, so please clean up your mess, leaving a spotless campsite for the next guests."

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100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"As the largest natural lake in the Uinta range, Grandaddy Lake would already hold some renown. The dazzling setting, however, catapults it into serious popularity. It’s simply gorgeous, and enough of a hike that the effort to reach the trailhead seems very worthwhile. On early summer trips you may spot blooming ?owers: the delicate, well-named white globe?ower; the very pretty pink spring beauty; and the graceful yellow glacier lily may peek up from the forested ?oor or be scattered through meadows." Read more

Grandaddy Lake Reviews

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Like MacDawg said, its not too long, but it does rise steep the first 2 miles or so to the summit. The trail is well marked, and varies from rocky, sandy, and hardstone. We were met with VERY cold temperatures and in the morning nearly all puddles, meadows and lake edges were iced over.
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Fairly rocky trail, but not too long. A good, solid climb, then it levels off before a quick drop to the basin and the lake. A beautiful lake and a good trail.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5 hours
9,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,800 feet
Top Elevation
Ashley National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Grandaddy Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018