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The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System. It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming. This area also includes the larges population center within the State of Utah, which is known as the Wasatch Front. The Forest is heavily influenced and impacted from over a million people living in close proximity. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a net acreage of 2,169,596 acres. It is divided into seven Ranger Districts: Salt Lake, Kamas/Heber, Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, and Logan in Utah; and Evanston/Mountain View in Wyoming. Scenic beauty on the Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, etc., you can find the recreational experience you are seeking. Because of the abundance of recreation opportunities and the large urban population along the Wasatch Front, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited in the entire National Forest System.

I always forget how tough it is. With that being said it's a good short power hike!

We decided to hike all the way to the upper falls. Wouldn't call it hiking so much as I'd call it climbing. It was slippery and loose rock at multiple places but it is really gorgeous. Definitely a scramble though and had to have help up in multiple places. Only saw two other people at the top so I'd say be cautious and careful.

Left side of the loop was closed but still made it to the meadow, it was beautiful. My dog loved it too.

Wonderful except for the trash - we packed out a big bag full. Please don't litter! Thank you!

Beautiful but treacherous! We had a hard time finding the parking lot. We ended up parking at Nunn's park, taking Great Western Trail, and then going right where that trail ends. Keep walking until you see the graffiti shack and turn left. This does add some time but worth it if you can't find the parking. The beginning of the trail is steep, but don't let that disappoint you. Once you reach the river you mostly fall it up the whole way. The trail will end and you'll have to climb up the the river the rest of the way. It's unclear which waterfall is the "one". You can pretty much keep hiking until you're out of your comfort zone as it does get pretty steep and you're hiking up lose gravel. Be prepared for your shoes to get wet as you hobble across the river. Overall it was a great hike, definitely challenging at times...save your ankles and wear something supportive. Didn't see a single soul the whole 3 1/2 hrs it took.

Such a pretty hike! Lots of cute puppies!

We loved this hike! We are in our late 20s and my husband wears our baby. We are beginner hikers so we weren't able to make it all the way, but we did get far enough to get some great pics of the valley. It is very shaded in most areas. We liked the level of difficulty. It is harder than walking through the park, but not too much to handle.

On our way down, we saw a rattlesnake coiled up, facing the corner of a switchback. Luckily another family saw it first and warned us. We ended up having to cut through some brush to avoid it.

We plan on coming back, but I will definitely keep my eye out for rattlesnakes next time!

Kind of boring. When we went, Cotopaxi was doing some scavenger hunt thing where you "eat a donut at Donut Falls." Meaning there were tons of annoying people who were throwing donuts in the bushes and pushing past you.

My husband was wearing our baby so we couldn't hike up to the actual "falls" part, just to the bottom of it. You can't see anything from the bottom so unless you are willing to hike to the actual "falls" it is kind of boring.

In & out in less than an hour; again, that is without hiking all the way to the waterfall. I'm sure young kids love this hike, we saw a lot of them. Great for families.

We did this hike in late spring when there was still some snow on the ground. There were long switchbacks and it was slippery and narrow in a few places. The wind caves were breathtaking.

Easy hike, however I made the mistake on going on one of our 100+ degree days. There were plenty of places to cool off. I did not attempt the rope to the waterfall, however my husband and dog made it fine.

Fun hike. The kids loved the mine. It was a bit wet inside the mine.

I wouldn't call this a hike, but it is a nice boardwalk around the lake. We like to have picnics there. Very crowded on weekends and evenings.