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Went in on September 28. Really windy. Great spot at the lower lake. Didn’t see the bear, but at 6 pm Saturday night a forest fire to west threatened to blow in. Got the heck out through smoke and darkness. Check the fire conditions before you go!

What an amazing hike! We had a late start and set up camp the fist night at about 5pm. We found a great area at about 300ft from the trail. on day two we reached Lower Red Lake. it was beautil. we set up camp the second night just by the lake at about 400ft from the trail. After we had fallen asleep, we woke up to a bear circling our tent, ended up leaving maybe after half hour. Talking about being scared!! we had our food on a bear proof container and inside a smell prood bag away from the tent. the scenary on this trail is breathtaking. the switchbacks are long so it makes the elevation gain easy. the hike was overall challenging for us (we come from.florida). def will do it again.

This hike is rated as moderate, but it was very easy. There is hardly any elevation gain and the switchbacks are long making what little you have to gain a breeze. Plenty of water along the trail to filter, or for your dog to drink. As noted by the previous review, lower red castle lake is picturesque but definitely not pristine. We camped in the site with the heart shaped rock. It was nice until we noticed all the human waste that was not properly buried. We had set up our tent not realizing till the next morning how close it was to utter grossness. Leave no trace is important. If your not sure what this requires look it up and please respect our wilderness.

Scenery and setting are truly spectacular. Really a photogenic place. But you’ve gotta embrace the poop smeared toilet paper fluttering in the wind, fire rings...everywhere, footpaths through delicate alpine meadows...and dogs barking at sunrise. Pristine? Not so much. Leave no trace? What’s that?

hiking
1 month ago

Just like everybody says, there's no marked trailhead so check the tips for directions. The pond is still there but it's all climb. LOTS of rock climbing, I'd check for wind speed before heading up because there's parts that are incredibly sketchy. The part I got confused on how to get up was getting to the ridge, you'll find a kind of cave when you get up top, climb the side as I found it to be the easiest way up for a short person. Other than that just follow all the stacked small rocks that people have placed as a guide. Totally worth there climb for the views

Awesome hike. Beautiful scenery. But the fire in Spanish fork canyon smoked me and several other groups out. We left before our original departure date because it was raining ash. Fire is over 100 miles away.

Spent three days. Hiked toward the end of lower lake ~10 miles in about 5.5 hours. Lots of horses and horse dung. Don’t fret if you don’t find camping before the end of lower lake. There are a few spots in the woods past it as well as on the opposite side of the lake. Labor day weekend had tons of other people. By the time we hiked out sunday, the parking lot was overflowing with cars. Lows were about 30-35. One person claimed their thermometer said 28. Very rocky at some points in the trail. I’m not currently in running shape but I wouldnt deem it a difficult hike. There are only a few times that really feel like you’re hiking up. Upper red is worth the extra couple miles. Saw over half of a dozen moose.

This is a great loop hike where you get to see many lakes. You also hike along the upper Duchesne River drainage which is one of the four major rivers that come out of the Uinta's

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fantastic hike. We only had time to go about 2 miles in. We saw birds, deer, squirrels and chipmunks. We took our 7 year old and she was fine for this portion of the trail. I would consider this a technical hike due to the rocky terrain and the horse crap. Over all this was a great hike with great views.

Went over labor day so it was super busy. Still got a decent spot tho. Temps get low enough for frost and the lake to start icing so pack warm clothes. Overall a challenging backpack but with a killer payoff!!!

Wonderful hike today! Our info said 6 miles. Perfect weather!

hiking
2 months ago

Make no mistake, this trail is not marked in the least, nor will you find any apparent footpaths (until you get close to the top), but still a tremendous short climb. Just follow the trail marker on AllTrails through the field//woods and you'll be on the right track. Once on the ridgeline between Reids and Bald peak you can just find your way up to Reid, it's pretty easy to locate. Be prepared to scramble over a lot of loose boulders a good bit of the way. If you want the same views as Bald without the lines of folks and are up for a bit of finding your way around, this summit is very rewarding.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Took the horses from the Bald Mountain Trailhead. What a great ride. A bit rocky for the horses at times but nothing too bad.

We had hoped that we could make our way back to the Bald Mountain trailhead by bushwhacking from lake Marion to some of the unimproved 4 wheel roads showing on the map. The deadfall was heavier than we wanted to deal with so we worked our way back to the Trail lake campground and had one rider hitchhike up to get the horse trailer.

Totaled ~6 hours with a good stop for lunch at Ibantik Lake.

Beautiful place! Pack warm clothes. Can’t wait to return again!

One of the best hikes in Utah, or anywhere that I have ever been.

hiking
3 months ago

Best destination in the Uintas! However, the hike is tough, even though it's relatively flat. There are so many rocks on the trail that it limits your speed and requires you to look where you place every step. Give yourself at least a day to rest and explore before heading back.

Since my wife read the book “Return to Red Castle” about 35 years ago, this has been on her bucket list. Finally got in shape and did it this year. She’s 59 and I am 61. It was a fabulous hike over three days. Went with two of our kids and their spouses, and had a fabulous time. The trail is long but beautiful and very doable for just about anybody. With all of our extra hiking, we went about 36 miles. We did it from Wednesday to Friday. Saw very few people. On the hike down we came across about 40 to 50 people in small groups going up. The weekend looks to be quite busy. Huge, vast area that can accommodate a lot of campers and hikers. Lots of options and directions to go once you get there. Saw a cow moose on the lower half of the trail, and then three Bull moose hanging around Lower Red Castle and the meadows. Fishing was poor, we think due to a lot of pressure in both of the main lakes. We did see a lot of fish swimming around, that weren’t very interested in what we had to offer (flies). That was alright though, because there is so much incredible beauty to explore around there. Pictures don’t do it justice! Be sure to take bug spray and sunscreen. That’s a given for anywhere in the Uintas. A few blisters in our group, a little bit of altitude sickness for a couple of us for just a couple hours, and my wife tripped on the trail and kissed a boulder with her forehead, got a nice cut above her eye and bruises, and a blackeye, but with a little doctoring everything was back to normal. No way was she giving up after all these years of wanting to go there so badly. Loved every bit of it! Will probably be going back.

Unbelievable! Gorgeous views and perfect camping. The first night of our trip we camped at China Meadows and spotted three bull moose. One of which was of trophy size. The hike was pleasant with a gradual incline. The switchbacks were a little difficult but do not last long. Mosquitos were virtually nonexistent and we spent the day enjoying leisure time at Lower Red Castle Lake. We were lucky enough to witness a brilliant thunder storm our first night there. Truly ear splitting booms echoed across the drainage as lightning struck the mountainside. Be ready for quick changes in weather. This is the High Uintas.

On our way to explore Red Castle Lake, we ran into a cow moose. I would suggest taking a day hike to the south side of Red Castle. The views are spectacular from Red Castle Lake and Upper Red Castle Lake. Life truly is different above the tree line. This hike is a little steep but not too difficult without a pack. Bring a good camera and wait until the sun is setting to get magnificent lighting of the red rock. You will walk away with gorgeous photos. This area is so serene and beautiful. If possible, try to go early in the week. The crowds die down on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I would do this again in a second.

It rokkkkkks

I LOVED this hike. Challenging enough (I’m a bit out of shape) but not overwhelming for the length. So. Dang. Gorgeous. There were so many wildflowers. Cool rock formations. I made a wrong turn and ended up overlooking even more lakes (one of them started with an ‘N’...) off of Clyde lake. Can’t recommend enough. I want to go back when I have more time and explore that whole area. I started from the cliff lake trail head rather than wall lake and I recommend that route actually.

One of the best trails I’ve been on in a long while. I believe the views at the top rival those of Baldy...plus you get a great view of Baldy too! Saw a dozen or so mountain goats off to the side of the mountain...definitely keep your eyes peeled. Time and mileage will depend on your route as there is no trail. We did it in around 3 miles with plenty of switchbacking and exploring. Absolutely no one on the trail...pretty amazing for a summer Saturday in the Uintas.

This hike is worth the pain to see the red castle and the upper lake views. Like most people have said the switch backs do hit you hard being that they are at the end of the hike. My hiking partner and I just took it slower when we hit them and we made it up just plan a little extra time and you will be fine. There is a bridge with a good running water right before the switch backs its good spot to take a break and get some water if you need it. Once you get up you find a fork in the trail with a sign I will tell you to go left it will take you closer to the lower lake and more camp sites. I will also tell you the all trails says it is 9.7 that is to the north side of the lake and you will need to keep walking to find any place to make camp. We camped at the south end of the lower lake and it was more like 10.4 miles at least that’s what both of our GPS’s showed. We hiked up to the upper lake and the water was clear and you could see the fish about 20 off shore. We only fished the lower lake we only get one fish but did see people pulling them in all around us. If you have time you will need to get over to the water fall it was spectacular. If you have not read by now the mosquitoes are in force up there right now. Being that there were some many people up there we didn’t think we would see much wild life but we did get to see a moose on the way down. I was a great hike and a good start to getting back in to backpacking. We did a 3 day set I would recommend this be the shortest time you do this hike a 4 or 5 day would be better. If you are debating if you should do the hikes don’t just do it. Just a reminder people if you are hiking with a group stick together and have a plan. We were asked more than a few times if we had seen someones group and if we knew where they were. Unfortunately my hiking partner and I didn’t get the memo that we were the mountain babysitters.

I’m too old and fat for this hike. 80 lbs overweight and a 50 lb pack was too much. Hike was not steep but very long. The switchbacks were steep and after the switchbacks it was still tough. Beautiful scenery. Red Castle Mountain was spectacular. Lakes were beautiful as well but the hike was too long for me. Tons of flies and mosquitoes. River views were nice as well. Saw a moose also. We did this hike Thursday through Saturday. Not enough time to do this many miles.

One of my favorite trails in the Uintas. We did two mid week nights in July; weather was between 70’s and 40’s, mosquito burden was high, and crowds were low. Difficulty was moderate. Fishing was decent, fly and clear bubble did best, we got skunked using spinners. Naturalist Basin is gorgeous, with plenty of exploring to do around the Basin. A must do. Make sure to visit Shaler Lake for a day hike.

Super fun moderate hike. Water is plenty considering the river runs along most of the trail. The forest ranger had us move our campsite about twenty feet. He said every campsite needs to be "70 paces" from the lake. Also, fires need to be 1/4 mile from the lake. Stunning landscape and view as you ascend the trail towards the towering red castle. We saw three moose and a bald eagle.

Hiked this as a long day hike today. The first couple of miles through the trail were through the woods with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. I took a long break at Jordan Lake admiring the beautiful mountain backdrop. I hiked up the east side of the lake to get to the other Naturalist Basin Lakes on the bench above Jordan Lake. I lost the trail once I got on top but there was no chance of getting lost. Shaler Lake was great even though the spring time waterfalls were nearly dry. I went cross country to the other lakes, Faxon, LeConte, and Blue with lots of ponds inbetween. The waterfall and wildflowers below Blue lake were unreal. The trail down from Blue Lake to Morat Lakes was in rough shape (steep and crumbly). A great hike, but it definitely wore me out.

This hike is amazing. The trail follows a stream the entire way, easy to navigate, and pretty flat until reaching the last 1.5 miles of switch backs. I calculated 23 miles round trip, so 11.5 miles each way. The lake is pretty shallow and my friend got leeches on her feet, so watch out for those if you get in. Camping spaces and water are plentiful. I took the China Meadows trail that starts here Forest Rd 186, Evanston, UT 82930. Happy trails!

Great trip with 11-13 year old scouts. This was our second year in a row coming here. We took three days for this trip. Backpacked to the lower lake of red castle and set up camp. Next day went fishing and played around. Fishing was great in the morning. Caught Brooke trout and Tiger trout both on spinner rods and fly fishing rods. Due to wind fishing was best on the West side of the lake. Didn’t make it up to the upper lake though but heard fish are bigger up there. Hiked 5 miles back and set up camp along the river. Last day fished and hiked back to the trailhead. Mosquitos were bad until you used repellent. Needed to reapply every four hours or so. Stars were amazing! No snow. Bring sunscreen. Nights were decent, not freezing. Afternoons were very warm.

4 months ago

Started at camp Steiner in 2016 and saw this as the highest peak around. It took about 5 hours and is still my favorite hike I have ever done. Really intense at times and a little dangerous for anyone under 12 years old. Great views and really what adventurerers are looking for!!!

Amazing place. Would be 5/5 but the mosquitos are still in full force as of 6/26/18. Mildly muddy. Still patches of snow around the upper red castle lake but the lake is thawed. Nights still chilly. Actually had a few snow flakes in the morning as we were heading out.

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