Best trails in High Uintas Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in High Uintas Wilderness, Utah? AllTrails has 90 great hiking trails, running trails, lake 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 58 moderate trails in High Uintas Wilderness ranging from 4.4 to 52.7 miles and from 7,644 to 13,464 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in High Uintas Wilderness
Park information
Acreage
456705 acres
Contact
801-466-6411
Top trails (90)
#1 - King's Peak via Henry's Fork Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
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Length: 26.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail starts at the Henrys Fork trailhead and goes past Dollar, near Henrys Fork Lake and over Gunsight Pass (11,891 feet). Then drops down into the Upper Painter Basin about 2 miles to a trail jShow more
#2 - Lofty Lake Loop Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(376)
Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
This hike starts at the Pass Lake Trailhead just on the Highway near Pass Lake. Start on the Weber River trail. After a short distance you will come to the Lofty Lake Trail on the right. Continue arouShow more
#3 - Lower Red Castle Lake via East Fork Smiths Fork
High Uintas Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(197)
Length: 19.4 mi • Est. 8 h 47 m
Lower Red Castle Lake via East Fork Smiths Fork is a 19.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altamont, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbeShow more
#4 - Amethyst Lake Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(176)
Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
This trail starts as the Stillwater trail in the Stillwater Fork of the Bear River Drainage. After about 4 miles from the trailhead you come to the Amethyst Lake Trail which forks to the left. The firShow more
#5 - Grandaddy Lake via Grandview Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(125)
Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Grandaddy Lake via Grandview Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanna, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#6 - Shingle Creek Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(98)
Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 6 h 27 m
This is a trail leading from the Mirror Lake Highway to East Shingle Lake. At Shingle Lake it joins other trails heading east and west. A good choice for an early season hike.Show more
#7 - Naturalist Basin Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
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Length: 14.7 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
To get to the Naturalist Basin Trail follow the Highline trail for about 4.0 miles to the junction with the Naturalist Basin Trail. Then continue another 1.75 miles to the lake. There are a lot up upsShow more
#8 - Marjorie Lake Trail
High Uintas Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(41)
Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
The trail is mostly through wooded areas with views of small lakes and ponds. The trail is fairly easy on mostly level terrain that can be rocky in some places.Show more
#9 - Lower Red Castle To Upper Red Castle Lake
High Uintas Wilderness
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Length: 23.2 mi • Est. 10 h 43 m
Lower Red Castle To Upper Red Castle LakeShow more
#10 - Mirror Lake Scenic Byway: Kamas to the Wyoming Line
High Uintas Wilderness
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(32)
Length: 77.6 mi
The views from Bald Mountain Pass are breathtaking, across endless miles of forest and ridge-lines. These mountains support a variety of wildlife, frequently seen along the highway. From Kamas, the roShow more
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