Four Lakes Basin

Kamas, Utah 84036

Four Lakes Basin

Four Lakes Basin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Jean, Dean, Dale, and Daynes Lakes make up Four Lakes Basin. The best places to stay are at Dale or Daynes Lake. Campsites, horse pasture, and springwater are plentiful at both lakes, and there is plenty of space for horses. Backpackers might opt for a little more solitude at Dean Lake, which is not as suitable for horses. There is springwater at Dean Lake, but it is on the extreme northern shore (a long walk from the campsites).

Four Lakes Basin is 9.0 miles from either the Highline or Grandview trailhead. We suggest using the Highline trailhead, since the hike has less than half the elevation gain as the hike from the Grandview trailhead does. The Highline trailhead is also closer and easier to reach if you are coming from the population centers of Utah (Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden)."

Four Lakes Basin Reviews

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Similar to most trails in the High Uintas, the trail into the Four Lakes Basin is very, very rocky, making it seem longer than it was. As mentioned in the other review, there is no plane crach to be found, but the hike up to Cyclone pass is a good one for some fantastic views of the basins in the Uintas. The campsites aren't the greatest, and fires are not allowed within 1/4 mile of the lakes, so this put a bummer on our backpacking trip (trip was done in August, 2006).
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Magnificent trail. Two large streams between Naturalist Basin and Pinto Lake turnoffs are the last water source before Jean Lake (Unless you go down to Carolyn or Olga Lakes). The best camping is at Dean, Dale, or Daynes Lakes. The campsites around Jean are very rocky and forested, and you''ll find other hikers passing by en route to someplace else. It''s worth the effort to push past Jean and look for a primo spot, rather than settling. The water at all lakes has more particulate matter than first appears -- plan to scrub the clay in your filter. There is a spring and waterfall at the northeast end of Dean Lake worth seeing. There is a rumor of a plane crash as well -- the rumor is false. There is no FAA record of a crash since at least 1962, and no fucelage to find. Cyclone pass is not terribly hard to climb, though the loose gravel made me wish I had my trekking poles. It comes by it''s name honestly -- gusts of wind howl across that pass, so be careful. Follow the ridgeline trail (I stayed about 15 feet west of the trail given the extreme exposure of the ridgeline) to the north up to the plateau for an amazing view of the basins all around the area (~11,500 feet). DO NOT attempt to cross the tallis field above Dean Lake -- severe avalanche danger. There are lots of spring streams in the meadows around Dale and Daynes lakes. Get up for sunrise to see moose and deer in the meadows.

Four Lakes Basin Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
12 hours
10,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,900 feet
Top Elevation
Ashley National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Hayden Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018