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Located in northeastern Utah, the Uinta Mountains were named for the Uintaat Indians, early relatives of the modern Ute Tribe. The High Uintas Wilderness envelops the wild core of this massive mountain range. Characterized by the highest peaks in Utah, countless lakes, and a unique alpine ecosystem, it is among the nation's most outstanding wilderness areas. The High Uintas Wilderness is administered jointly by the Ashley and Wasatch-Cache National Forests. The Uinta Mountains were carved by glaciers from an immense uplift of Precambrian rock. Some of this rock is exposed as colorful quartzite and shales. The main crest of the Uinta Mountains runs west to east for more than 60 miles, rising over 6,000 feet above the Wyoming and Uinta Basins to the north and south. Massive secondary ridges extend north and south from the crest of the range, framing glacial basins and canyons far below. This rugged expanse of peaks and flat-top mountains is the largest alpine area in the Intermountain West and is the setting for Kings Peak, the highest peak in Utah. Hundreds of picturesque lakes, streams, and meadows lie within sculpted basins. Cold, clear rivers plunge from the basins into deep canyons that form the headwaters of Utah's major rivers. The Uinta Mountains rise from 7,500 to 13,528 feet at the summit of Kings Peak, offering diverse habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Above treeline, tundra plant communities thrive in the harsh climate of the highest altitudes. Thick forests of Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, and lodgepole pine blanket the land below treeline. These forests are interrupted by park-like meadows and lush wetlands. In the lower elevations, aspen groves and countless mixed species offer contrast to the scene. The Uinta Mountains are home to: elk, mule deer, moose, mountain goat, coyote, black bear, bighorn sheep, ptarmigan, river otter, pine marten, cougar, and 75 percent of Utah's bird species, among many others. The High Uintas Wilderness boasts 545 miles of trail, which may be accessed from a number of trailheads surrounding the wilderness near the gateway communities of Duchesne, Roosevelt, and Kamas, UT and Evanston and Mountain View, WY. This extensive network of trails leads visitors deep into the wilderness, through thick forests, past rushing streams and placid lakes, to sweeping alpine vistas below majestic peaks. Opportunities for exploration are endless.

Holy crap.. this was a hard hike. I'm glad I did it even if I got no sleep the night before and even if the wind was so insane with hail hitting our faces. This was a cool experience, but really took it out of me. It felt like a dream.

Very pretty and it's a pretty easy hike.

Long but beautiful and so worth it!!

Longer than advertised for sure. But, totally worth it. Bring a fly rod, and pack light.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike for a quick and not too strenuous adventure. We left earlier in the week (Wednesday) and it was fairly quiet...passed a few hikers. By Friday it was like a scout camp up there. Fishing was very poor except for power bait (but I'm kind of a fishing snob and power bait isn't fishing unless you're 5 learning how). Plus it's really over fished. It seems to be a popular place to hike with dogs ...I took mine and she loved it. The down side was a lot of barking at night. It was easily one of the most beautiful places I've been though and will go back. Next time I'll hike thru the basin over to mirror lake instead of stopping at Betsy. I'm also going to take my three girls on a daddy daughter trip...it's perfect for that

Also we went in early August and didn't kill a single mosquito...lucky I guess

Really nice area and these are a bit more off the beaten path than some other lakes in the area http://rblr.co/MyIf

I loved it .great fishin
We had an electric storm at the top of the peak

on Amethyst Lake Trail

trail running
3 months ago

love this trail, i recorded 14.5 miles out and back, but i did lose the trail a bit in about a foot a snow near the lake.

Very fun! Me and my dad did this hike. It is fairly challenging but very rewarding. The scenery is just beautiful and the view from the peak is amazing. I would definitely do it again.

backpacking
4 months ago

relaxing hike through gorgeous Meadows and streams.

BEAT.

backpacking
4 months ago

I hiked this trails many years ago as an alternate route to Red Castle Lake. Great views because it follow a much higher route

beautiful place I'm flat feet butt I made it more than halfway and a lot of moose and deers i went last week next year all the way

backpacking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, passing several lakes along the way. Moderately busy, but definitely worth it.

on Lofty Lake Loop Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Not too hard. But not easy peasy either. May be easier to go counter clock wise, which is what we did. You would climb more in the first third and enjoy the more steady descent in the latter part.

Trails are pretty clearly marked. Beautiful all around. Many lakes. Weather changes quickly. Be careful with high altitude.

backpacking
5 months ago

Camped down by Wall lake and fished one of the smaller lakes, and no bites. Probably fished pretty hard there. Went up to Ibantik and on to Seymour Meadow Lake. The fishing at Meadow lake was lights out. Every cast was a bite. At Ibantik there were mountain goat hanging out on the cliffs. Was well worth the hike up

Long but worth it!!