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Beautiful hike! We started around 9:30pm and got to the Basin around 1am. I had some altitude sickness during the last mile that added some time. We camped in the basin and watched the sunrise then headed back down. Hard hike but worth it!

Great hike. We camped at Emerald Lake and it was a beast with camping gear. In the morning we threw on day packs and hit the summit. Amazing views.

Took the first step at 5:30 a.m. Hit the summit in 3 hours flat, back down in 2.5. Trail was beautifully uncrowded on a Sunday morning. Found myself face to face with a couple good-sized mountain goats, but they were super chill. Pretty wiped out, but a great hike!

very beautiful and very well trafficked.

Entire summit was about 17.3 miles. We hiked it from 10am until 7pm. Very difficult but definitely worth it (especially seeing the mountain goats near emerald lake on the way up and way back down)! The air quality is really bad right now so the views are pretty hazy. But you should still make it to the shack for that overall sense of accomplishment! We saw a lot of people backpacking in around 6-7pm with hopes of camping. There didn't seem to be a ton of places to camp so that was interesting. A fellow hiker told us the chipmunks are so bad up there, they'll eat through anything you have. Anyways, do this one. You may hurt the next day but it's worth it!

Hiked this trail on 8/4/18. Started around 5:00 am and found very little parking available. We parked on the highway and walked to the trailhead. Hiked in the dark for an hour or so and then had all the spectacular views all the way up. There were so many people coming down from the top looking pretty miserable and tired. Overnight hiking is overrated. 3:40 to the top. and and about 3 hours to the bottom. 3L water. It was a fun day.

great hike with great views!! made for a nice escape from the smokey valley too. there is one spot that was a bit sketchy, but our dog did it no problem. you basically climb up some trees roots hanging over the trail. the falls were so cold, so I don't recommend standing under them. ;) and the flowers were beautiful too!!! I'd definitely do this one again.

This was a longggggg hike! Not too hard though. We started at 2:30am and our group ended up splitting up in the meadow. Made it for the sunrise at the summit and it was FREEZING!! But the east side of the mountain warm and nice. So bring a jacket if you go that early. We encountered a moose and it’s baby about an hour in right on the trail. The group right behind us sent their dog to get the moose off of the trail but it ended up charging at us! Super scary and thankfully we were able to slide down the cliff a little bit so we didn’t get trampled. Definitely need headlamps but I liked hiking at night. I didn’t need all the water I brought because it wasn’t too hot. The sun coming back wasn’t too bad but I felt for the people heading up around 10am. That’s a different hike I’m sure! Not sure I’d do it again but it was so beautiful and worth it!

This hike is so AMAZING. The shack! The goats! The mountain meadows! The 3 waterfalls! Loved it!

Loved this hike! The trail is a bit steep at the beginning, then ascends at a pretty mellow pace for the majority of the hike. Just before the false summit, it picks up again but not for too long.
Wildflowers are beautiful this time of year, but the trail is a touch overgrown so be careful if you’re allergic to bees, they hang out pretty close to you. We didn’t have an issue with them at all.

on Sunset Peak Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Really nice hike. I usually go up to Catherine Pass from the Brighton side, going by all the lakes, but the Albion Basin side is nice too. The trail is a mile shorter if you are able to park right at the Catherine Pass trailhead. On the Albion Basin side you are going to have to deal with the entry fee and the limited parking unless you go early in the morning. Right now, you are also going to have to deal with road construction as well.

I have seen lots of moose and deer on this trail, but not today. And the wildflowers are pretty much out of bloom, but it's still very pretty. The views were not great this morning, because of all the forest fire smoke right now. The smoke probably doesn't help with the breathing at high altitude either.

From Catherine Pass you can go up to Sunset Peak on a very easy to follow trail, or you can go over to a high point that looks down on the top of the Supreme lift at Alta. The trail to Sunset Peak is fine, with a few steep sandy stretches which make me nervous coming down, but are really not a problem. If you go in the other direction at Catherine Pass, you are heading up to Mount Tuscarora and Mount Wolverine, which is more challenging.

wowowowwowoowwow so pretty. but also I just got back and I am dead. this is a pretty hard hike but work yourself up to it. its totally worth it

I did the hike on a Sunday and started at 6 am. The trail was not crowded the day that I went little more people in the afternoon but not bad. I would rate the first 6 miles as moderate and the last mile or so as hard as you will go up some steep slopes at the top. It took me just over 4 hours to get up with a lot of stops to enjoy the trail and see the wildlife. I was able to see a moose with baby, 4 deer, and 2 mt goats with in the first 3 miles but did not see much after that. I would bring plenty of water there is water on the trail but it’s all within the first 2 miles unless you are hiking to the lake then you will have water at the top. After hiking this trail I would tell anyone that is into hiking this one is a must. Even if it was only to the saddle it would be worth it.

Beautiful but crowded on the weekends. Started at 6:30am and had to park down the road a ways. Saw some mountain goats and a baby, so cool. Not terribly difficult the first 6 miles or so. The last bit was a climb. The last few miles were long but over all it’s not terribly hard just long. Lots of people made for lots of passing in close areas. Oh and you will most likely need to use the bathroom along the way. There were tree areas that were used for the bathrooms. Please pick up and pack out your trash there!

It's a burner. But it's beautiful.

Ran out of water just after the saddle - after that, the riverbeds are dry-washes and the next time you'll see water is just before Emerald Lake. There's a small spring trickling out of the rocks on the south end of the saddle. If you're not looking/listening, you'll miss it.

It was a beautiful hike. Hard, but rewarding.

Hiked to the peak for the first time yesterday morning. Started just after 2am and made it to the peak by 5:30 with enough time to relax and enjoy the sunrise, which was absolutely beautiful. Summiting from the saddle to the peak was challenging after already being exhausted from hiking for several hours, but believe me, it is worth it. Plan extra time for water/ snack breaks. Pack a headlamp if you will be hiking at night, and pack layers. I started with just a long tee shirt and pants, then had to add layers at the top, but hiking down in the sun became pretty hot. Bring a sharpie to sign your name on the shack at the top!

Beautiful hike! Everything was green and lush on the trail. Lots of people coming down from seeing the sunrise on Timp but the trail wasn't too crowded. When we got to the falls there was only one other small group there so we got some peace and quiet and cooled off next to the water. Our little dog loved it too! Good hike for families and people of all ages!

Finally checked this hike off the bucket list! It was a fabulous day. 3 hours and 45 minutes to the summit and then back to the car in 7.5 hours round trip. It was a Saturday and super crowded. We had to park on the road about .5 mike from trailhead. Started at 6:00.

First timers for my brother in law and I. That mess was hard lol. Ran out of water at the saddle. Luckily the park ranger had a water purification system and helped us out. Definitely take something like Powerade or an electrolyte drink. Not just water. That rock path sucks. Seeing the goats made it worth it all

Emerald Lake to the Summit was extremely difficult (I’m not used to high altitudes, and there’s a lot of steep and/or loose rock to climb). But the views and feeling of accomplishment are so worth it. Just make sure you pace yourself for what your body needs, and look up often enough to know where the trail is. It’s discouraging to get off track when you’re tired. The trail is much easier to find coming down.

Really liked this trail. Only reason I’m giving it 4 is due to how heavily trafficked it is. Camped a bit below emerald lake for a bit more seclusion.

Beautiful and challenging.

backpacking
10 days ago

This trail is much tougher than some of these reviews would have you believe. Check the elevation charts and you'll see what I mean. It's also the only time I've backpacked in the High Uintas and had to deal with multiple large groups of campers. That said, there is a reason it's so popular and busy. The mountains, lakes, and meadows are absolutely stunning. I prefer solitude, so I'm not sure if I'd go again, but it's a beauty for sure.

We started around 2:30 am to make it up for sunrise. I was skeptical but it was well worth it. We are pretty fast hikers and it took us about 6 1/2 hours of actual hiking time. Views are unreal

Great hike with the three Kings. Trail was maintained well until the extremely large mountain goat began to chase us up the hill. One of my friends (College bound football player) struggled greatly as he brought little to no food including only Ritz crackers and Saltines and promptly ran out of water on the way up. He also complained the entire way down (exaggerating about organ failure) to the car and made the trek longer then necessary while taking ample breaks. Meanwhile my other friend and I had little to no struggle and didn’t complain the ENTIRE way down. Overall, a great experience.

We loved this trail! I went with my brother and 6 month baby in a carrier. We tried it once in the heat of the day and couldn’t make it with my daughter but tried again in the morning and it was perfect for all of us. Make sure you to take the right at the first fork. There is a part where you have to climb up some tree roots but it was not too bad. There were several elderly people who were hiking it just fine. In total it was about 2-2.5 hours round trip. (With lots of time enjoying the falls.)

This is a stunning, beautiful, and brutal hike to the main summit! Be prepared with either a gallon of water, or a filter to refill at one of the many cold, crystal clear streams on the trail and the lake near the base of the summit. Tons of wildflowers, mountain goats that’ll join you for parts of the hike, and amazing views (better if the fires were out). Best to be well acclimated (I was not), as this is an uphill push every step of the way to the top

Beautiful scenery.

backpacking
16 days ago

Definitely worth pushing that last mile or so past Ostler Lake to Amethyst. The water is strikingly blue! Temps are prime this time of year, plenty of great places to set up camp!

backpacking
16 days ago

Great backpacking trail/lake. Heavy use, so please make sure you pack in/pack out. The ranger at the trailhead told us open fires due to the “Extreme” fire danger rating. Unfortunately the people around us didn’t get the memo. The pit next to us re-sparked with the wind- luckily my friend and I were there to put it out.

Closer to 7 miles each way. The water spots along the way were my favorite. The steep part is steep going up, an slippery going down. Saw 2 moose (at separate times). Weather was mild and didn’t go below 44°.

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