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The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System. It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming. This area also includes the larges population center within the State of Utah, which is known as the Wasatch Front. The Forest is heavily influenced and impacted from over a million people living in close proximity. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a net acreage of 2,169,596 acres. It is divided into seven Ranger Districts: Salt Lake, Kamas/Heber, Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, and Logan in Utah; and Evanston/Mountain View in Wyoming. Scenic beauty on the Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, etc., you can find the recreational experience you are seeking. Because of the abundance of recreation opportunities and the large urban population along the Wasatch Front, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited in the entire National Forest System.
Great Trail that easy to follow in several feet of powder. It was a banner week for snow on this trail. We were breaking trail in mid thigh deep snow. It was amazing. Snowed the entire time so were were not able to see anything because of the low ceiling. Wanted to get up to the summit but breaking trail with that slowed us down and was too tiring and ran out of time. Can't wait to try this trail in the summer and go all the way to Box Elder Peak. Go very early or late. There were over 100 people carrying sleds, disks etc planning on sliding down. Glad we were going down while they were all still going up. It wouldn't be fun dodging sleds on snowshoes going up.
To begin, you will need a high clearance vehicle, or an off road vehicle. The road to the trailhead is rocky, and in some parts, extremely narrow. The road is about 6 miles long, and in order to get to the trailhead, you have to cross the river that is paved with cobblestones (sort of) but then again when it is in some nasty dirt road. The trail itself is extremely steep, because you are gaining just over 1500 feet in 1.5 miles. The trail is rocky and is south facing, making it extremely hot in the summer afternoons. Definitely a morning hike in my opinion. The lake itself is fairly clear, and there are plenty of brook trout, even though they are pretty small, the biggest one I saw was about 8 inches. The cabin on the south side is cool, but is far different than the pictures here. The whole front has been torn off due to people using it for firewood or to make rafts. Overall, one of my favorite places to go camping because of the low traffic.
This was my first time on the trail (MLK holiday). It took us about 4 hours round trip and there were people faster and slower than us. I would rate this as moderate-difficult. The bottom and top were hardest (incline) and the middle was much easier. I wore yak-trax and I would DEFINITELY suggest them to anyone hiking in the winter. My husband wore running shoes and things got a little dicey on the way down, especially at the top. All in all this was a great trail and we will be back in the spring/summer. Oh, the app says this is 5.3 mi but the trailhead says 3.0 to the summit; add in the .5 mile through the campground and this is more like a 7 mi RT hike.
I live on the Bonneville Shoreline but for some reason I have never hiked Hidden Valley. Well, today was the day EXCEPT that we couldn't go all the way b/c there was a spot that was just too slippery and difficult to cross in the snow, so we turned around about 1 mile up. Still a great hike with incredible views and I will definitely be back.
Parked at the winter trailhead and snowshoed up the road to the first switchback and headed up the Mill F fork to Guardsman Pass. From the pass we hiked down the Blood Lake trail to Blood lake on an easy to follow trail through the snow. From Bloods lake we headed south towards Lackawaxen Lake but tried heading directly towards the pass between Peak 10,420 and Clayton Peak which turn out being a pore choice and had a sketchy exposed slope that I didn't like. From the pass we headed up Peak 10,420 and was treated to a great view of the area. Descended down to Guardsman pass and returned down the Mill F fork to the road but continued down a well traveled path through the snow in Mill F fork until we were parallel the original trailhead and followed a well travel path back to the car. Great loop. (see recorded track)
E T. on Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail
We went yesterday and started our hike around 2pm which got us to the hot springs by 5pm. The snow is pretty well packed on the entire trail so no snowshoes required. We wore snow boots but saw some people hiking in running shoes. We had to hike back in the dark but it was absolutely worth it because by the time we got to the hot springs at 5pm, most people had cleared out and we had a pool all to ourselves. The hike back in the dark wasn't bad because it was a full moon and the stars were beautiful. We forgot a headlamp and would definitely recommend bringing a lamp or flashlight if you're going to do the hike in the dark. Flip flops are also a good idea if you want to walk from pool to pool.