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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 love this hike! It’s mostly shaded. It is a steep incline most of the way, but there are beautiful views at the halfway and the top! A great workout

This was a great hike with some cool caves at the end. We went about 6:00pm and there were quite a few people on the trail. The temperature was perfect though. It was a very well maintained trail and not too steep.

Our stats 2.7 miles, 676 ft differed from Alltrails (3.5 miles, 1181 ft), so we actually found this trail easy (though we did not go all the way up and under the arch, as it was steep near the arch and we wanted to get down safely)! ! Well, easier than stated. We started at 8am (on a Saturday, when the campground was full and also plenty of people camping dispersed), so there was no one on the trail, but by the time we exited, people were entering and also starting to climb some of the rock faces closer to the trailhead. I was waiting about a year to do this trail, and found it well worth the wait. In addition to the trail, the drive to the trail and the campground that surrounds the trail are all very scenic. It is quite a heavily trafficked area. There are fees to use this area, $5 for day use unless you have the National Park pass, then it's free. There are pit toilets in the campground.

We just hiked to the main falls, about a mile trip. Kids loved it.

Great hike! Beautiful view from the top!

13 hours ago

Nice shady, short hike to a pretty waterfall. Fun for the whole family. The graffiti this time was so disappointing!

This is a family favorite hike. We usually go the first week of July (after the gates open) and take nets from the dollar store to catch and release salamanders. We see a moose frequently on this trail.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike! Fairly easy. Long hike though! I did it all in one day. Next time I’d prefer to backpack up and stay the night.

Beautiful and very easy trail. Great diversity of flowers blooming now, lots of butterflies. And solitude...I saw no one else on the trail.

The road is closed until 6/30/2018!

Fun hike, didn’t get very far with my six year old in tow, but we had fun and enjoyed the great views.

Perfect trail for smaller kids, beautiful waterfall. Plenty of space for kids to play but super crowded. I rated 4 stars for that reason. if it were less crowded it would be 5 no question. The trail is really pretty but short.

1 day ago

I haven't been out yet this year (work is cramping my style!) so I decided on a quick Father's Day hike to get the blood pumping. Went up to Twin Lakes, then over to Mary, Dog, then up to the top of the Crest Lift and back. Very little snow throughout, at least nothing to write home about at this point. Liked this trail well enough, although I think I'd prefer to go the Brighton-Mary-Twin route and back. Nice views, not very strenuous and a good way to kick my season off. Recommended for the whole family!

1 day ago

Easy, fast hike. Not busy at all during the week. We shared the entire lake with one other couple and we only saw them once. Mosquitoes are horrendous right now so be prepared

Hard work on way up. But beautiful forest views and satisfying finish

1 day ago

Great hike for something quick. Awesome views. Water is really cold so would recommend not falling in. it was pretty crowded. Toward the end is a one person at a time part which takes alot of time to get people across.

I went on a Wednesday afternoon & was clearing cobwebs! Lots of butterflies & it runs right along the stream. I did encounter a few deer flys further along the trail.

Great hike, watch out for juvenile rattlesnakes on the trails. Saw 4 on June 19th.

Beautiful hike!! Gorgeous views, the flowers are popping out everywhere and very well maintained. Only sad the Falls weren’t as big due to our warm winter.

2 days ago

Went about a month ago and there was still snow on the trails. It may have melted more by now, but don't be surprised if you run into any. Saw a moose on the trail and there were lots of pretty trees, but I will admit, the lake is pretty disappointing. For the length of the hike, and compared to the other lakes in this canyon, it doesn't stand out.

2 days ago

Very pretty and easy hike! The only thing I would recommend is waterproof shoes or boots, I wore Chacos and it was a bad idea. The water is freezing! We went around 8:15pm so i'm sure in the middle of the day heat, it's a bit better.

The trail is very nice. Steep in the beginning with rewarding views. The people who bring their dogs need to be held accountable for leaving bags of dog poo on the sides of the trail. Don't bag it if you are just going to leave it, just throw it off the trail with a stick...

I love this hike. Trail is pretty easy to follow. Good workout. Lovely view. Towards the ends you have to deal with lots of rocks.

I do this trail a few times a year. Nice and shaded areas but pretty steep.

2 days ago

Hiked this trail this morning, June 20, 2018, from 22nd Street via the lower Indian Trail connector, to the cairns overlooking Taylor Canyon. There are two cairns, one a little larger than the other, to each of which I added my rock. Fun hike, slightly strenuous, some loose and steep spots, but enjoyable. Passed through a couple of small meadows filled with wildflowers and dragonflies. Duration: 2:22:06, distance: 5.03 miles, elevation gain: 2,111 ft.

A great trail! Mostly uphill and kind of steep but all my kids did it (ages 4-11). It follows a creek and is mostly shady. We left about 9:30am and it wasn’t too hot or cold yet. The water is very cold, but refreshing. Beautiful views. Kind of rocky and loose gravel on the steepest hills so wear good shoes.

2 days ago

The hike to the waterfall itself is probably about a mile or so and we usually turn around once we reach the waterfall. The beginning is a steady steep climb. About a few minutes in the hike there is water flowing on the side of the trail which is great for doggos to cool down. A lot of people hang out at the bottom of the waterfall and have picnic. You can also climb to the top of the water fall and kinda see Utah lake at a distance. We have not ran into a lot of dogs here but there are a lot of family hikers. The hike is offleash for dogs. Also the waterfall is pretty short but still beautiful.

We arrived to the hot springs at around 6:40 am and had it all to ourselves until about 7:30 am, it was amazing! We definitely lucked out because as we were hiking out around 8:45 there were a few people at the falls and we passed by several coming down. Got crowded pretty fast. I would recommend going early, I couldn't imagine getting in those hot pots when it was hotter in the day. Also one thing, be prepared for the sulfur smell, I was surprised, it's strong but once you get to the springs, it settles down, But overall, I LOVED the hike, and can't wait to do it again.

trail running
2 days ago

Decent trail. Hiked up to run down. Great views and lots of deer. Big fat porcupine strolling down the trail too! Very glad I read a few reviews first so I would know where to TURN! The first option about a mile in is obvious (don’t go through the fence) but the next option less than a quarter mile later isn’t so obvious and isn’t marked (at least not in the middle of June ‘18): stay RIGHT when the trail comes to a ‘T’ here. There is an old faded sign, and It actually looks like you would want to go left, but the Loafer trail will be on your RIGHT. It will begin to get steep about 2-3 miles in; this will continue for most of the remainder. Nice hike though. Still a little snow in June. Mailbox and flagpole at the top! My Garmin GPS clocked it 12 miles round trip.

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