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Located in northeastern Utah, the Uinta Mountains were named for the Uintaat Indians, early relatives of the modern Ute Tribe. The High Uintas Wilderness envelops the wild core of this massive mountain range. Characterized by the highest peaks in Utah, countless lakes, and a unique alpine ecosystem, it is among the nation's most outstanding wilderness areas. The High Uintas Wilderness is administered jointly by the Ashley and Wasatch-Cache National Forests. The Uinta Mountains were carved by glaciers from an immense uplift of Precambrian rock. Some of this rock is exposed as colorful quartzite and shales. The main crest of the Uinta Mountains runs west to east for more than 60 miles, rising over 6,000 feet above the Wyoming and Uinta Basins to the north and south. Massive secondary ridges extend north and south from the crest of the range, framing glacial basins and canyons far below. This rugged expanse of peaks and flat-top mountains is the largest alpine area in the Intermountain West and is the setting for Kings Peak, the highest peak in Utah. Hundreds of picturesque lakes, streams, and meadows lie within sculpted basins. Cold, clear rivers plunge from the basins into deep canyons that form the headwaters of Utah's major rivers. The Uinta Mountains rise from 7,500 to 13,528 feet at the summit of Kings Peak, offering diverse habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Above treeline, tundra plant communities thrive in the harsh climate of the highest altitudes. Thick forests of Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, and lodgepole pine blanket the land below treeline. These forests are interrupted by park-like meadows and lush wetlands. In the lower elevations, aspen groves and countless mixed species offer contrast to the scene. The Uinta Mountains are home to: elk, mule deer, moose, mountain goat, coyote, black bear, bighorn sheep, ptarmigan, river otter, pine marten, cougar, and 75 percent of Utah's bird species, among many others. The High Uintas Wilderness boasts 545 miles of trail, which may be accessed from a number of trailheads surrounding the wilderness near the gateway communities of Duchesne, Roosevelt, and Kamas, UT and Evanston and Mountain View, WY. This extensive network of trails leads visitors deep into the wilderness, through thick forests, past rushing streams and placid lakes, to sweeping alpine vistas below majestic peaks. Opportunities for exploration are endless.

suprisingly scenic for the distance. Snow crossing as late as June 24th.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is gorgeous. As many people have stated, it's longer than the All Trails description. I recorded it closer to 13 miles round trip.

It is pretty easy going up to the fork in the trail. Then there is a steep, rocky section for about .5 miles that is the hardest section of the trail. Then it opens out into an open valley with some views and easy and mellow elevation gain. Then the trail dives back into the deeper forest for the rest of the hike before you reach the open meadow at Ostler Lake.

The lake at the end is absolutely gorgeous. I only had an afternoon to go up and back. As soon as I got there I regretted not bring gear to spend the night.

backpacking
1 day ago

just did a 2 night backpacking. good hike with great views. we camped a mile short of getting to the lake. pretty much all of the snow is gone. had to ford the small creek to finish off our hike to the lake... but was refreshing for the feet! bring bug spray and some cold weather gear for the cold night.

trail running
2 days ago

6/24/17 There was no snow on the trail.

That said, this trail is soul crushing. The skid steer tried to make the trail better and instead made it worse. The last 3 miles up to the lake was nothing but a massive boulder field that prohibits you from doing anything but slowly picking you way across it and trying to not fall, roll and ankle, and swear profusely.

All of that said the lake is GORGEOUS and totally worth the trip.

backpacking
8 days ago

Amazing hike! Not strenuous at all for the distance. A friend and I did 3 days with a basecamp at Lower Red Castle Lake (LRCL). Explored the second day making our way up to Red Castle Lake(RCL). Once you get past LRCL there was more snow on the trail, but for mid June and all the snow Utah got this year it wasn't bad at all. We did not go all the way up to Upper Red Castle Lake because of the snow. I highly recommend doing more than an overnighter to get up to RCL and URCL. The views are AMAZING! Water is plentiful, so keep your pack light and don't carry more than a liter (and a filter of course). Talked with some folks on the way out on the 3rd morning who spent their time fishing and told us that the fish were plentiful.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike! So many ponds and lakes. The kids loved it. 70% of the trail was covered in snow but we were able to still find our way.

Did this a couple days ago. About 90% of the trail was heavily snowbound; it could be found in spots at the beginning and the end but I was largely depending on GPS to find the route. Microspikes and poles with baskets worked but snowshoes would've been preferable. Stunning views!

trail running
17 days ago

BRIDGE IS OUT at mile 2.5!!! Do not attempt to cross the creek at this time! Beautiful runnable trail otherwise.

backpacking
18 days ago

Great place to visit. Beautiful hike almost the whole way. Great places to stop on the way in. Not overcrowded. Great lakes to fish in. Make sure you bring your rod, don't forget to stop at Carolyn and catch as many arctic graylings as your heart desires.

Trail was beautiful up until around mile 5. Still a lot of snow up there. We kept losing the trail since it was completely covered in snow or super marshy. Ended up turning around and heading back. Best to wait another month until the snow melts completely, then we're definitely going back.