Hessie Lake Trail is a 16 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain View, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Take Wyoming State Highway 410 South out of Mountain View about 8 miles. Where the highway makes a sharp right turn to the west go straight on to Uinta County Road 283 (gravel) and continue to Forest Service Road 072. Follow the signs past the Stateline Campground and past the China Meadows Campground to the China Meadows trailhead.
The distance from the China Meadows trailhead to Hessie lake is 5.6 miles (so round trip is about 11.2 miles, not 16). The trail is initially the same trail as the Red Castle lakes trail and is a relatively gentle incline for the most part. The fork to Hessie lake is well marked and begins a much steeper ascent (tops out at 10,646 feet). Lake Hessie itself sits at just about 10,400 feet. We had the lake virtually to ourselves. It's a very picturesque lake completely surrounded with pines, with peaks over 11,000 nearby. We filtered the water we drank from a nearby stream that flows out of Hessie and into a small nearby lake. Great hike and place to camp.