Explore the most popular birding trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Pictures don’t do it justice, way more impressive in person! Micro spikes are a definite need throughout the trail! The last .5 mile is super steep... going up was easy in comparison to going down. Though some parts of going back down turned out to be super fun since we ended up using our butts as a sled

super steep and the views aren't much better than just sitting in the parking lot

Nice hike. I left my snowshoes in the car, but packed some crampons. The steep part of the trail (first quarter mile) was nicely packed, and I only used my crampons for one short steep section on the way down. that said, the flatter portions, particularly near the lake, were doable, but tough going with quite a bit of sinking in a few spots. If you have lightweight snowshoes, I recommend packing them up the hill and putting them on once things level out.

hiking
2 days ago

Not so exciting, but if you want a heart pumper, it’s good for that! It may be better, if you wanna finish the loop (which we did not), walk the trail counter clockwise. The last part we didn’t finish was very steep. Maybe it woulda been easier to go up than down, so we made this an in and out rather than loop trail.

Could not get all the way without snowshoes around 2pm on 1/20. I got as far as the junction for Dog with micros. Beyond that was frustrating post hole madness. Turned around about .25-.5 miles from the junction.

But. It's beautiful and everything before the junction was easy.

We snowshoed about 1/2 (4.2 miles) of this trail. Starting at 1.7 miles in, no trail had been forged through the snow yet. The woods were beautiful. Most longer-distance views were of skiers. It was fun for a snowshoe workout but it wouldn’t be my first choice for hiking or great views.

So many reviews of hiking but my favorite way to do this trail is on touring cross country skis or a fat bike.It takes a while to do all the switchbacks and traverses but the view is wonderful in the winter time. It is a two bottle trip at a minimum. Sometimes the Powerline trail, which it transects has enough bonus powder down that I can free heel ski with magnum BC bindings. If it is to rough I simply backtrack down.

mountain biking
4 days ago

This is my favorite trail to mountain bike on. There’s so many good views and the river along the trail is beautiful. Good place to go if you just need to get away from the city. Doesn’t take very long either. I went hiking there last week and it was just as beautiful with all the snow and the sound of the creek.

hiking
8 days ago

One of my personal favorites, it's a quick, but steep and tiring hike to Pretty Valley and the frozen cascades are gorgeous. We climbed to the top of the big rocks and looked over the valley. Beautiful stuff. Until then the trail is well packed. We tried continuing past the massive rocks but the deep snow and time shortage prevented us from continuing. Wish we could have continued though!

One of the best snowshoe hikes in Provo Canyon. There was a ton of snow today. I wore my spikes, but wished I had snowshoes. I usually do this as a loop, turning left at the Big Springs sign, heading through a couple of meadows. I often see turkey up here.

The last half mile is a killer (I was NOT prepared, it was my first time hiking it). It took me almost two hours to get to the falls. Wear spikes and bring poles because it is slick. All in all I enjoyed it! I want to hike it in the summer, which I hear is harder because you don't have the snow to protect you from the rocky trail.

Just finished this hike. If your looking for a way out of the inversion soup, this is a great little hike to get above it. The trail is hard pack snow, making it a really nice, smooth hike. It’s actually a more comfortable hike than in summer in my opinion. With micro spikes and poles you’ll have zero problems on this trail. Beautiful, sunny warm skies up there above the smog. It’s well worth it!!

Fun Snowshoe! A bit of a grind / slog uphill, but well worth it!

I want to come back and see if anyone else has helped back down the trail in the upper canyon.

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Toured up this morning. Great views once you get through the switch backs but steep and narrow skiing the trail back down. Be much better in the summer so you don’t have to hike the road up

I was not prepared for how rocky this was. however, I had a great sense of accomplishment when I got to the falls!

This hike is great in the winter. Got to the waterfall just before dark. I recommend hiking down in the dark. Peaceful and a nice view of the city when there is no smog of course.

Gorgeous hike up along the creek the whole way. Many small waterfalls, 10 bridge crossings and icicles from the cold. The snow gets deeper and deeper as you go along. There is a really cool swing and a fire pit if you want to sit by the creek and have a fire. The rock formations are also amazing. Some narrow trails with steep drop off's for those who are scared of heights. But only at the beginning.

We hiked this yesterday in a light snow. It’s a quick hike, although the path is quite steep and the snow cover makes it a bit slippery. The forest is gorgeous to walk through. I want to return on a clear day in the summer to see the lake and the view.

Beautiful in winter!

Lots of options and outlets, did in late fall and it was great. Will do again in spring also great for trail running

scenic driving
14 days ago

Very nice drive in fall, it is absolutely worth it to take the road to Cascade Springs and take a walk there. Along the way there are not that many spots to stop the car and take photos :-).

backpacking
15 days ago

One of my favourite spots to backpack to. I did this in September, and it was lovely during the day, but pretty chilly at night. There are quite a few places to set up camp. My group went past Notch Lake and set up camp at Bench Lake.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a great trail to hike. The first part does get steep, but the views are well worth it. I've done this in early summer and late fall, and both times have been great, though early summer was a little swampy.

Great hike! Bring those spikes!

I think it's definitely worth the steep and dull beginning to get to all that is to be seen above.

hiking
16 days ago

Trail is in great shape for wintertime. Well packed snow until the saddle, then post hole steps for a bit. Once on the mountain ( after the big right turn at top of saddle ), it is back to packed trail. Last bit of the summit is a bit sketchy. Once on that East side, the trail normally switches back to the West, then one last switch back to the Summit, however it is just kicked in steps on the East side. Be very careful to not slip and fall, as could be dangerous. View are great, and didn't see a soul add day on the trail. Road was crowded coming back down.

I'm going to re-review this trail when the snow melts. Overall a good hike. I used my micros pikes to about 2.5 miles in. From there you will need snowshoes to keep going. I did find some of the cross country skiers on this trail rude. Others were very nice, just be ready to keep an eye on your back if your on feet. Lots of animal tracks from various mountain creatures found in the snow.

Just got down. Only spikes used, some areas I wish I had poles but overall doable without, at this time. Thanks to the postholers, everything is mostly compact. Great hike.

We had a great time on this trail. The trail was packed pretty well up to the first falls but wearing spikes helped from sliding backwards. After that the trail takes a sharp turn up and to the right which became less and less packed as we went. We brought snow shoes and switched to using those at this point in the trail. We used trekking poles the whole time though. With the warm weather today on our way back down the snow became heavy, wet and slippery.

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