Explore the most popular off road driving 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.

off road driving
1 day ago

What a fun trail! Took my stock ‘18 Rubicon up Tibble today. The weather was great. Some snow covered spots along the trail on the way down to Midway starting after the highest elevation point. For those wondering if this trail is for them, id say definitely make sure you have an SUV with 4wd or AWD (mostly for the snow). You’ll go over some rocky areas but its not bad. Could def handle in a Forester or another small SUV.

hiking
9 days ago

Followed forest service road 458 (Santaquin Bench Spur) on Santaquin Bench up through a steep canyon to a great lookout point about 1/3 up the SW side of Dry Mountain. Great views of Santaquin and south Utah Valley. Lower bench area is basically just following a dirt and gravel road with easy terrain. You will probably compete with some OHV's and ATVs at some point along the trail as it's a heavily-used recreation area. Once you get to the canyon trail is moderately steep. No water and very little shade other than canyon shadows. There is a gate that is always open that notifies of a private mine further up the mountain but the lookout spot for great views is way before the mine lease area.

off road driving
14 days ago

This is a fabulous drive that any 4wd can handle. It’s narrow and rocky, but nothing technical. The views are beautiful on both sides of the Wasatch range. I was impressed by how many campgrounds are spread around near the trail. I can’t wait to come back for some summer camping.

off road driving
29 days ago

This was a really fun trail. I took my Wrangler up recently and enjoyed the varied types of trail, from rutted dirt, high-banked corners, to super rocky roads, it was a little bit of everything. Definitely not for a non-4x4, but it wasn't difficult, it was just really fun. The Jeep loved it and handled it like a dream, as I imagine most competent off-road capable cars would. The view up top was pretty amazing. I would definitely recommend this trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fairly easy dirt trail drive. The trail rides along steep drop-offs for 40%-50% of the trail. We did the trail on Oct 7th and there was about an inch of snow covering the trail up towards the peak and it was windy but all was great. We were also in the clouds so visibility wasnt great. The views with the colorful trees were amazing!

off road driving
1 month ago

Didnjis the reverse way as I was on my way home from work from Heber to Salt Lake. Obviously took the scenic route. This time of year (October 9th, 2018) we just got a few inches of snow and the road was just a little muddy but no snow. Unreal landscapes. A must do absolutely. SUV for sure with careful watch, anything else with mud terrains or BFGs, full speed.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Awesome trail, I drove up to the top with my ram 1500. There are some parts I get pretty sketchy. I’ll do than that the views are amazing.

off road driving
1 month ago

I took a stock 1996 Ford Explorer with decent A/T tires up there, the fall shift is just starting, and you're completely surrounded by greens, oranges, yellows, & reds the entire way up, patience is important and sometimes you're choosing lines through some fairly rocky terrain, but if you have functioning 4x4 and a day to spend away from the city, this trail is an awesome choice.

off road driving
2 months ago

Took my 2018 RAV4 through the trail! Such an awesome drive amazing views! Totally worth it :)

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing views. Lots of fun if you like driving fast and drifting turns. Although slow down for the blind turns which there are a lot of.

A little sketch in some places with there not being a shoulder and a death plunge off the side of the trail. Barely wide enough to pass in some sections. If you start in Farmington just to get to the top is very easy. I saw several mini vans on my drive. But, if you go south at the top it gets a little bit bumpier. Anything with a little clearance is totally good to go!

Note there is no target shooting allowed in the area. I did see a sheriff on the trail at the top.

I would have given it 5 stars except for all the traffic. Lots of other cars and a ton of ATVs as well.

off road driving
2 months ago

Beautiful drive, air down your tires, a stock SUV could make this no problem, but there are some rocky spots.. if you get off the main trail you will need 4low, skids, locker, lift.. it was very technical but so worth the drive and time.

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing drive.. very rocky but a stock SUV can make it. Air down your tires.. Lots of OHV traffic. The views can’t be beat.

Took our RZR through here and up to Old Ephraims Grave. There was mild utv traffic, otherwise smooth trail.

This is the most scenic park of the Squaw Peak 50 mile trail race. Race day is early June, so if you plan to do it just after then, it will be groomed and flagged.

on Big Elk Lake Trail

3 months ago

didn't actually make it to Big Elk Lake. Rating 3-stars b/c is currently the average review.

Went up 35 in a Subaru Tribeca based on reports of Outbacks at the top. Great example of the deep fried shirt: 'i didn't say he couldn't, I said *you* shouldn't.' Quit about a mile from the top. Hiked with the kids for the last mile of the road, but it was getting too late to attempt the trail to Big Elk Lake. The kids enjoyed it and there are some small ponds and overlooks that are nice in that stretch.

On the way down, my left front skidded off a rock and the sidewall got punctured. amazingly, the spare made it down. Great adventure, but I don't recommend it to others. Bring a serious vehicle. I'm newly considering such a purchase.

Boyfriend and I got lost half way through and had to bushwhack our way to a road which eventually led to the grave. We were kindly 4 wheeled out as the sunset beamed. Was a good hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Steady incline and amazing views of Pineview. Make sure to bring lots of water for you and your fur friend as there is no creeks or springs. This will be fun to snowshoe too!

off road driving
3 months ago

Very easy trail with a lot of traffic, any vehicle can make it through. Basically just a very rough and rocky flat dirt road that curves around the mountains. Beautiful views, but if your looking for a off road challenge look else where. If you want to loosen every nut and bolt on your vehicle this trail is for you. All it will do is rattle your teeth.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great little trail. We traveled on ATV and passed Friendship and Spring campgrounds. We saw the waterfall. I imagine it is a lot better in the spring when there is more water, but still a pretty view. We continued on past the waterfall for several more miles. Eventually it started getting very rocky. At one point, we turned around because it just got way to gnarly for us. The whole trail was moderate until that point. According to my app, from the parking lot to when we turned around was about 10 miles (20 round trip).

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail down from the Island Lake Trail Junction. There is a sign a short distance with a "Warning" about the trail conditions mentioned in the previous review. It is much easier to follow the rock cairns when you can see them from above than hiking up. Currently the trail is more like hiking cross country because you have to walk around, over and under many burned trees on the trail. Currently requires advanced route finding skills which slows down the progress. It took us 4 hours to negotiate the trail going downhill. At our normal pace we would have completed the downhill portion of this trail in about 2.0-2.5 hours. Three stars only because of the large burned out sections and difficult travel. 4 stars when the USFS cuts a trail through the downed trees. FYI Crystal Lake it at the opposite end of the Lakes County trail at the Junction of the Smith-Morehouse, Big Elk and Lakes Country trail

We started out at the Crystal Lake trail head near the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. It's unclear to me why it's the trailhead sign references Crystal Lake when you never see another sign mention "Crystal Lake" again as you're hiking. Instead, the wording changes to "Island Lake."

Obviously, most of it is still burned from the July 2016 fire. There is still a sign that says the trail is closed. Ground vegetation (bushes, flowers) have grown/are starting to grow back. There are tons of fallen trees on the trail. Some are easy to maneuver, some are not. You must be comfortable with losing the trail several times as you're hiking. You will be walking a nice, clearly-defined trail, then you'll hop over a fallen tree and POOF, the trail is gone. This got really old, really fast.

We never made it to Crystal Lake/Island (whichever it is) as we gave up looking for the trail after the 10th time of losing it. We did see a deer and a 3 moose on the way back: a mom and her calf, and then later a bull moose. So be aware.

I gave it 2 out of 5 stars because 3/4 of the hike is through burned forest the trail disappears constantly. On the positive side, there are quite a few wild flowers and you have a good chance of running into some wildlife.

off road driving
4 months ago

Wife and I rode from home in Alpine to Midway in our RZR. Gorgeous views everywhere. But trail is frankly a little bit easy with a lot of traffic.

Tough rock garden trail (194) to Forest Lake. Access is closer to Tibble Fork. About 2 miles up to Forest Lake from 85.

This double track trail in on the Mineral Basin Road and is very scenic with mountain on either side. We hiked in the morning and say only two people in a UTV. There was a very pretty cascade/waterfall along the side of the trail. Upper Mineral Basin if beautiful and full of wild flowers this time of year. Considering today was a holiday I was surprised that we saw only two people until we reached Sugarloaf Pass.

Easy trail, but holy cow the views are incredible. This was the trail I used to break in my new (to me) FJ Cruiser and it performed perfectly. I saw some cars going up the first half of the trail, but when you see the fork to Francis Peak, that's where they are probably turning around.

hiking
4 months ago

You can also get to Big Elk lake from the very top of 35. You need a solid 4x4 vehicle with decent clearance to drive the rocky, narrow, 6.5 miles up 35 from mirror lake hwy. Lots of little roads off 35 so stay to the main road all the way to the top. The trailhead is at the very end of 35 and is not marked. It is about a 1.5 mile hike in and it is not well marked and easy to lose the trail.

At the trailhead go up and to the left to actually get on the trail. You'll see an old square sign pole with nothing on it. This is how you know you are going in the right direction. The very beginning of the trail is a short ascent but the becomes a descent rather quickly. You will continue down, come to a point where you'll hear a creek but not see it, and then come to a large meadow. The trail is very easy to loose at the meadow. Stay all the way to the left along the trees. If you lose the trail just stick to the side of the meadow and you'll see the trail pick up when you get to the other side. Once you are through the meadow you'll start climbing up, cross a creek and the come to a rocky, steep ascent. You are scrambling in a few spots. At the top of the ascent you'll be at Big Elk Lake. The views are amazing both toward the lake at the valley behind you. The best part...we didn't see a single person!

This is a moderate to hard hike. It is not easy coming from this direction!

The trail pertaining to four-wheel drive vehicles is basic. This is not a moderate Trail in any way. A Subaru Outback was at the top of the trail when we got there in our 4 wheel drive vehicles. No obstacles were to found with that being said it was a beautiful Trail and if you're looking for a beginner Trail this is great.

off road driving
4 months ago

This was my very first off-roading experience in my new-to-me Outback. The Farmington (north) side had been recently graded and was fairly smooth. The Bountiful side was much bumpier and rutted but still not a problem. The peak is at 9k feet elevation so be prepared to get out of breath. To top it all off, we caught a gorgeous sunset while at the top. Absolutely gorgeous!

off road driving
4 months ago

Very fun little off roading trail. Has a quite a bit of rocks and puddles so I recommend something with some ground clearance. Very pretty view up there!

off road driving
4 months ago

Road get very rough and the going is slow in the middle section. Great views

off road driving
5 months ago

Got 1/3 of the way up and had to turn around. Still closed for winter... We’ll be back in a month.

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