Looking for a great trail in Ashley National Forest, Utah? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Ashley National Forest ranging from 4.6 to 51.4 miles and from 6,771 to 11,637 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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20 days ago

Awesome choice if you’re looking for an easy trail run.

Great trail. Very different up at the meadows. He biggest Carins you’ll ever see. Beware of the mileage signs. From Spirit Lake it’s 12 miles round trip.

Easy trail to a beautiful location. Great for a quick overnight out and back backpacking trip.

One of my favorite spots in the Uintas. Very secluded. If you time it right the fishing here can be absolutely incredible. Most of the trail is fairly moderate but there is an intense hill climb just past Tamarack.

2 months ago

Nice trail with a lot of good lakes on the way. Several wide open clearings that can be dangerous when a thunderstorm is looming. We had issues following the trail for ~50 ft near tamarack lake but it wasn’t bad. The trail can be difficult to find in the parks. The eastern side of the trail down to fish lake doesn’t exist. There’s a number of really good camp sites at fish lake, but the mosquitos are swarming and not scared of the citronella candle I brought.

Love this hike. To the Southwest of Chipeta always plan on walking through a meadow area that is covered with 12-18 inches of water. You can do this barefoot to save your boots but please be mindful of rocks and sticks. Plan on having mosquito repellent as they are horrendous through this area. I have always seen a moose or a few at lower Reader Lake. When you come to the fork in the trail the Cairns can be difficult to spot and the vegetation is overgrown. I like to add a rock tot he Cairns as I pass by to help others with finding them. Plenty of water to filter along the way. Fishing is great at Chipeta and the day use area does get busy from Thursday - Sunday so if you want quite plan for a Monday hike.

We were staying at Green Lakes CG so hiked up and started near lodge and hiked to the Information Center watched an interesting doco on the building of the dam and then walked back the longer route. Start early, very hot.

Hiked 3 miles of this trail (lower part of trail). Awesome scenery. Water is moving pretty quick right now. Bring bug spray!!! There were a lot of bugs. This trail has a few different spots to park so you can start mid trail if you choose and break it up into smaller hikes. This also allows you to hike the trainl one way if you take two vehicles. Great for hiking or trail running. Also great for all ages.

Fun trail with great views!

4 months ago

Great hike, wear ankle support boots for this trail, bring a pole. we caught a couple hybrid trout at the lake. be careful not to park on the campground property, the campground manager is extremely rude.

Amazing trail! Beautiful scenery and a lovely view of the canyon. Easy hike and picnic table and areas along the way. Would definitely do it again.

11 months ago

We camped at Five-Point Lake the first night of a backpacking trip to King's Peak. The terrain was rocky with a good mix of open meadows and trees. We had streams and ponds the entire way. Mosquitoes got worse the higher we went. I heard a few bighting flies but none of us were ever bit by one. We all had good bug spray with DEET and still got mosquito bites. Tracked elevation gain was not a good measure of the steepness because there were significant gains and drops in elevation throughout the hike. We stored our food and packs away from our tents because we had seen bear sign. Something did get into our trash during the night. We had curious deer wander through our camp multiple times. There was one other group camped at the lake that we could see. We passed two groups on the trail, a scout group who had summited King's Peak and a family group who was just camping and fishing all the stellar lakes.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Very rocky trail around lakes

Monday, September 17, 2018

Loved it. If you have a high clearance vehicle you can drive all the way to echo lake. No bugs this time of year and it really wasn't that cold at night. Only saw two other small groups up there. Highly recommend. My only regret is not cutting out more time to fish!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Short easy hike but rocky trail as you get closer to lakes. We caught a couple good sized Tiger Trout at the end of August in Tamarack lake.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I hiked this trail back in August of 2018, and like the previous poster mentioned, the trail gets hard to follow just past the large clearing above Tamarack Lake. But, every time I was about to turn back, I found a rock cairn or tree marker that indicated where the trail was. Overall, I loved this hike with it's panoramic Unita beauty, and am looking forward to doing it again.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Beautiful lake, fairly easy trail, and secluded because it is a dedicated trail to a single lake. While the seclusion is great, it also creates an underpopulated fishery since it does not get stocked often enough with fish. Love the scenery though!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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

Monday, July 09, 2018

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!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It’s a short trail. Lake can be reached in about an hour. There are some parts of the trail that disappear but is usually marked by cairns in those spots. There aren’t too many spots for camping but your best bet for a spot would be along the west side of the lake. Fun little day hike though.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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 24, 2017

Very nice trail, Just nice and easy along the river and the road. If you want to see the flukes but don't want to run 14-17 miles just drive up the road until the fork, take the left fork and there's access to the trail about 1.5 miles from the flumes.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trail is fairly technical. Wet, rocky, mud and swamp like terrain almost the entire way. Waterproof shoes are a must! Plenty of water along the way. Never found the turnoff to make the loop as it wasn't marked well. We made our way up towards Cleveland lake where there was a fork in the trail with a sign then cut over to Queant lake. GPS clocked it right at about 4.5 miles one way. There are 3-4 nice camp sites along the southern end of the lake.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I love Tamarack . Easy trail.

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!

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