Priord and Norice Lakes Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Priord and Norice Lakes Trail is a 19 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Evanston, UT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

19.0 miles 2921 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

river

Norice and Priord lakes are accessed on the East Fork Trail in the East fork of the Bear River Drainage. The lakes are situated in a rugged cirque basin at the head of the East Fork Drainage,

camping
5 months ago

2 years ago

Norice and Priord make up the West Fork of the East Fork of the Bear River (confusing I know) The drainage is much larger in width than its neighbor to the east (Allsop Lake) and holds 2 major lakes rather than 1. The Trail requires that you cross the river, without a bridge so be prepared for that. I imagine in early season the crossing could be more serious but it isn't too bad normally. (20-40cfs) The trail can be faint in places. The back of the bowl opens up to large meadows. The ridge behind immediately behind abuts the Four Lakes Basin drainage accessible via the Highline Trail and Rocky Sea Pass. If you have the legs and a shuttle back to EFOTB, its not a bad route. The first 3-4 miles of the trail are mellow, passing through old burn scars and incredibly wet meadows below fed by numerous springs coming off the left side of the canyon. Wood decks help maintain the trail. After 2 miles you encounter some old "Tie Hacker" cabin remnants. Worth a break to look around. Then you hit the wilderness boundary sign, then the fork where you choose Allsop or Norice/Priord From there the trail picks up a bit in gradient but not terrible. The scenery doesn't change much for several miles until you start hitting the upper meadows. Then it's pretty beautiful. Beware, horse packers use this trail as much as the two legged type. Sadly, they can destroy a trail in no time, especially in wet weather, which in the Uinta's is kind of a given. Plan accordingly. The fishing is decent at both lakes.

backpacking
3 years ago

Hiked to a spent two nights here. Climbed over the pass and dropped down to Lightening lake for a days fishing. Beautiful area.