blowdown
bridge out
muddy
4 days ago

attempted to hike to the lake for an overnighter. the next bridge after the half log bridge crossing was washed out so we moved 4 logs together to make a make shift bridge a bit to the north of the where the trail usually crosses. Hiked further up to the next crossing and that was just too swift so we backtracked a bit and camped in a meadow near a fire ring. lots of down trees and going off trail to circumvent large fallen trees is a must. keep your eyes out for the blue metal diamond trail mafkers...you'll need them for the fallen trees area. great hike though, summer crossings should be great.

We really enjoyed this hike! We did it with a little extra excitement as it shares a name with our son. There are some parts that are hard but we were able to complete it with our children ages 10 and 11. We like to hike slower so that our kids find it more enjoyable. We hiked up about halfway and found the most beautiful spot to camp stayed there over night, then left our stuff at the campsite and hiked to the lake and back to our campsite and stayed another night in the same spot then headed back down. As you are getting closer to Ryder lake there's a few smaller ponds/lakes but keep going. Lots of variety in scenery and overall a great experience for us!

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
5 days ago

Loved this hike. Spring runoff made the river to sketchy to cross where the second bridge was. Tons of wild flowers, green and just beautiful. They have cut down a lot of dead pines trees.

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 days ago

Little muddy, a few bugs by mid-morning but overall a great hike by a creek. Mostly shaded and lots of pretty wildflowers.

Hiked 5/25 - quite a bit of loosely packed snow on the trail after a few miles (lots of post holing). Parts of the trail were covered by water. The lake was still frozen, very beautiful.

This is one of my favorites! Beautiful terrain and well worth the distance. There are plenty of spots to camp and enjoy a campfire. There were a lot of bugs by the water, so be prepared with bug spray. Always a (+) when it’s dog friendly and since you are in the Uintas always bring rain gear!

hiking
muddy
rocky
18 days ago

Great day for a hike with Rich, Linda, Amie, Chloe and Tavi. We went up the trail about two miles before turning back. A few places where we hiked in mud and water. A couple of snow Banks by the side of the trail, but none on it for at least the first two miles. Fantastic time. I'm tired.

hiking
muddy
snow
24 days ago

Wife and I took Tavi (lab/beagle mix) to this trail today. We only went about 3/4 miles up before we decided we needed to leave to get home before dark. The trail was in pretty good shape. Dry until you go about 1/4 mile. A little muddy in spots, but not too bad. About a dozen mini glaciers in the middle with wet trail on either side, but Easy to navigate. Great day to be there. We’ll go earlier next week so we can go farther.

bridge out
flooded
muddy
rocky
snow
25 days ago

We went all the way to the lake, which meant blazing our own way through the snow after one of the river crossings. The lake is beautiful frozen over, but getting there included several precarious balance-on-a-log river crossings and tramping through a lot of snow with no trail to follow besides "follow the river." The lower trail is basically a stream, so plan for wet feet. The temperatures were wonderful and the snow is melting fast. Rocks all over; the trail is not all that groomed. The fact that I'm still giving this four stars is a miracle. There were so many delightful waterfalls, flowers, and meadows along the way.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Out and back to second bridge. Post holes for hikers, so we snowshoed the trip. Pretty vistas and creek valley.

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Did the first ~3 miles of this without snowshoes - snow was pretty packed and it was warm. Saw a few people taking snowshoes off. Whole trail was totally covered with snow.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Excellent Hike! Lots of snow - snowshoes would have been better but the trail was well packed. Step off to either side and posthole to mid-thigh. 2.2 miles in the trail has not been traveled - about 200 yards from the second bridge. the dogs had a blast! Will be back!

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

shingle creek but recorded drive afterwards by accident

snowshoeing
5 months ago

shingle creek. parking can be tough if late season. great out and back

hiking
7 months ago

This was amazing. If you want absolute solitude, do this mid October in the middle of the week. I didn’t see a soul for 7 hours. Trail conditions were a little wet but some rock hopping skills do the job. tiny patches of snow and ice rarely. I didn’t need micro spikes or anything other than my trail runners. Fairly relaxing trail other than the 1st mile after the turn. I was able to keep a 20 minute pace except the 1st mile after the turn off was steep. BEWARE the turn off is very hard to see. It’s at 2.44 miles from the trail head and forks left. The sign is high on a tree in the exact same color as the tree. Needs to be replaced. Use your GPS tracker to know where to turn, bring a battery charger. Give 5 to 7 hours for this to be safe, unless you are jogging the whole thing. It is pretty dim by 7pm this time of year. The sun drops below the mountains and it gets quite cold around 4:30 or 5 so bring your hat gloves etc.

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