Painter Lakes

Roosevelt, Utah 84066

Painter Lakes

Painter Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Painter Lakes take after their name. They are scattered about like little dabs of acrylic on a painter’s palette. This beautiful wilderness is characterized by gentle rolling hills and timbered terrain. Due to the remoteness and difficult travel to this basin, Painter Lakes remain blissfully free of people and debris.

From Uinta trailhead, take the Uinta River Trail 3.0 miles north to Sheep Bridge. Stay on the trail up the Uinta River 9.0 miles to the junction with the trail coming down from Kidney Lakes. Stay left (northwest) 2.0 miles, following the Uinta River to North Fork Park. From North Fork Park, follow a vague trail 2.0 miles south up a steep and rugged 900-foot incline next to a small creek. The first lake you’ll run into is Craig. Craig is the only lake in this basin with a horse pasture; it also contains a good population of cutthroat trout. Although good campsites exist at Craig Lake, better accommodations exist at Painter Lakes U–88 and U–89."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
18 hours
8,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,500 feet
Top Elevation
Ashley National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Fox Lake, Kings Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018