Explore the most popular views trails in Ashley National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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fishing
1 month ago

Great fishing! The trail is not very obvious for the last 2 miles. Having this app was very helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely the toughest trail I've done so far out in the Ashley forest/high uintas, but well worth the trek.

As previous reviewers have mentioned, this trail has serious elevation gains. People who have little experience at elevation should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. I originally attempted the trail in May, but only made it about halfway up as I started feeling dizzy and sluggish. Having experienced altitude sickness before, I knew I wasn't prepared. I completed the hike on July 7, 2018. It took me just about 9.5 hours from start to finish.

I love the middle section, past the switchbacks and before the lakes. Everything was lush and green even in this dry season, plenty of wildflowers too! You can also see how far you've climbed, which is insane.

I would have preferred to have been capable to see the lakes in May, as I'm sure the trail was less buggy earlier in the season. The trail is really rocky. However, all in all, it was great!

backpacking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike but once you get past the big alpine meadow the trail just seems to disappear. There are tree markers and cairns for most of it and then all of a sudden there isn’t. We also lost the trail not far from the trailhead coming down and ended up at the Spirit Lake Lodge. I do highly recommend this hike though just bring a GPS and a lot of bug spray!

backpacking
2 months ago

I really liked this trail! I’d say the rating of moderate is accurate. It’s rocky so wear something with an ankle support. The lake is beautiful and we were treated to some elk coming to drink across the lake. We pitched camp back in the trees and had a wonderful time before continuing on our adventure.

backpacking
5 months ago

Did this hike on 4th of July Weekend 2017. The first 4 miles follows the Uintah River and is beautiful. Tons of trees, few good fishing spots, very nice easy hiking. From Sheep's Bridge you start switchbacks for 4-5 miles. They suck. You feel like you'll never get out. After that you'll cross Krebs Creek. From there I think it's only another 2 miles to the Lower Chain lake. We camped here for 2 days, did lots of fishing and exploring. The hike in took us 7 hours, back took us 4. We'll be going back this year to go all the way to King's. Should be fun

backpacking
11 months ago

We hiked this trail the first week in August with 7 young men. Beautiful scenery and fun fishing. Spent most of our time at lake 1 and lake 3. However, one of our boys began experiencing nausea and then headache. When we realized he had attitude sickness, we made efforts to get him out, but just a few hours later he passed away on the mountain, just below lake 1. Wished we would have been more knowledgeable of the illness and the threats. I'd encourage all groups to educate themselves on the symptoms of altitude sickness and discuss it in advance with their group. Also take a pulse oximeter. And finally have some sort of satellite communication device. Your preparation may save your life or that of a member of your group or another you encounter in this beautiful terrain.

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/altitude-sickness-topic-overview

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I love Tamarack . Easy trail.

backpacking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Great hike to the lake. A little rocky and wet but not bad. Got a small blow up out on Tamarack well worth it!

Friday, July 21, 2017

I had the opportunity to hike through painters basin from whiterocks, and then up the pass to Lake Atwood, and then up a steep rocky pass to the chain lakes, and then back down the Uinta river drainage. Coming out that way due to the steep switchbacks, I swore that I'd NEVER hike up to the chain lakes or lake Atwood from the Uinta river trailhead because it is one of the toughest and steepest switchback trails in the uintas.
10 years later, I'm now contemplating going up this route ;) because it was so amazing, very few people, and awesome fishing.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

This is a good trail! There is a lot rocks, so make sure you have something with good ankle support. The upper creeks are blown out due to snow melt, so the crossing are a bit sketchy. Overall a very good hike that gives you a good workout!

Monday, May 22, 2017

I love Tepee Lake !!! The hike isn't that bad .I am out of shape and I made it. I caught some great Brooke trout . I hiked in June. Great time !!! The trail is a bit rough to follow in spots .

backpacking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Troup 250 hiked this trail the 3rd week of July, 2015. We started at the west fork of Whiterocks and 50 miles later came out at Uintah Canyon. It was hard but the scenery was spectacular!

backpacking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

I was not too impressed. i was trying to do an overnighter up to red lake. I made it to Teepee Lake with no problem and decided to push on to Red Lake. About a mile past Teepee the trail just disappears. Camped out in the only suitable spot I could find, glad I had a bivy. From about Teepee to where ever I made it to the mosquitoes were ridiculous and I probably now have Zika virus. If you are looking just to get away from people I recommend. If you are looking for cool views situated alongside high mountain lakes don't waste your time. Although I never made it to Red Lake so who knows. Good Luck.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hard work but worth it. An outfitter told me it is 11 miles one way. Seemed like 20.

hiking
Saturday, May 24, 2014

I only know this trail from Five Point Lake to the trail-head. This was the last leg of the 4 day loop that started going the the Timothy Lakes Basin, Then to Northstar/Tungston Lakes area then to Five Point Lake. Hiking down was fast and easy because the trail was so good. This was 30 years ago so I don't know if the trail has changed since then. There are many short day hikes to quite a few lakes in the area so spend some time exploring the many lakes.

hiking
Monday, March 10, 2014

I have hiked this trail to Tamarack and Jessen many times. It's quite easy just to those lakes. 2013 I hiked this trail to Burnt Forks Lake, it was pretty easy until the pass at the end of Tamarack Lake, it's tough. from there its pretty easy to Fish Lake. Climbing from Fish Lake to Burnt Fork is medium.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Camped at this lake on the last days of a multi day loop. Had the lake to ourselves because its a little off trail. pretty little lake.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hiked to Chain Lakes from Lake Atwood and Roberts pass and out to the trailhead. The lakes were beautiful from above. I want to camp and explore all of the Chain Lakes someday.

backpacking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Access to multiple trails

hiking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hiked up to Joan and Gem Lakes from Echo lake met some hikers that came over Murdock Mountain and didn't know that it was much closer from Echo. Years ago the road was good enough to get to Echo Lake fairly easily. There are golden trough in the lake now

backpacking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hiked this with my son on the way to a night at Fish Lake.

We turned our Joan Lake hike into a loop that started at Pyramid, then Echo, Joan, Gem and back to Echo. It was a great hike. Once into the wilderness and away from the dirt road it was a beautiful and solitary place. Peaceful with a lot of wild life living in the area. Great views above Echo and good fishing at the lakes. Our track map can be found here... http://alltrails.com/tracks/joan-lake-trail

hiking
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I would rate this trail as difficult rather than moderate. It has a lot of uphill for a long time. The Chain Lakes are beautiful and the fishing was great. The lakes where well worth the steep climb.

camping
Saturday, January 14, 2012

I did this one on horseback. Wonderful scenery. One location enabled us to see into Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and of course Utah, from the same point. We rode from Hwy 191 at McKee Draw to the Summit of Leidy Peak. We spent six days covering the distance.

scenic driving
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lots to see and do. I've seen Moose, Elk, Deer, Bear and Bobcats on the Loop. Plenty of fishing. Watch for logging trucks. Great places to hike, picnic, fish and hunt.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Did this one back in 1967. Then the trail was hard to follow and we spent a lot of time of trail. Wonderful country though. Hopefully, the trail is much improved.

camping
Friday, January 13, 2012

Did this one horseback. We rode from Hwy 191 at McKee Draw to East Park the along the Highline Trail to the Summit of Leidy Peak. We made a week of it and had a fantastic time. The trail goes on across the Uintas to Mirror Lake. I'd like to the rest one day!

backpacking
Friday, July 10, 1992

Shorter trail to Fish Lake than the Fish Lake Trail from Beaver Meadow Reservoir

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