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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.
Willow lake is a short fun hike that gets your heart going for the first but of incline then mellows out through beautiful aspen trees. You reach the lake in no time and can hang out there for a while or keep going up to Dry lake, which is just a big dry area. The way up to Dry lake is tricky and the trail is small and overgrown, but a fun little jaunt as well. I did this hike with my Brother in Law and nephew. We stayed 2 nights up there and enjoyed every minute.
Great hike this time of year. Mellow up until the last half mile up to the saddle and peak. Doable with no cleats/spikes but the top part (and coming down) is much easier with some cleats/spikes and trekking poles. Avalanche danger: Green.