Lake Atwood Trail is a 27.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roosevelt, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 27.9 miles Elevation Gain: 5,298 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers

The Chain Lakes-Atwood trail is 17.6 miles long. It begins at Uinta River Trail and ends at Painter Basin where it ends at the Highline Trail. The trail passes Chain Lakes (8 miles) and climbs to the 11,168 foot Roberts Pass (10 miles) then continues past Lake Atwood (13.25 miles). From there it climbs Trail Ryder Pass (16.25 miles) which is 11,771 feet in elevation and then drops to the junction with the Highline Trail.

Mon Aug 27 2018

Went from Atwood up over Trail Rider Pass to some of the other lakes a few years ago. This is an advanced hike. The trail up to the Chain lakes and beyond is rocky and deeply rutted from horse traffic that made it challenging. Saying that, like most things in life...the challenge made it worth it as the fishing at Atwood was great. Fishing wasn't as good at the upper lakes (Beard) etc. or lower Chain lakes. I hiked this one way in 9 hours but it was intense. If I were to do this again, I would take two days to hike in and enjoy it more.

Sat May 24 2014

Stayed Atwood Lake the last day of a 6 day loop that went up to Fox Lake then west towards Kings Peak climbing Trail Ryder pass to Lake Atwood. Its a beautiful basin with several other lakes nearby. Atwood is the largest of the lakes in the area and. Back in 1977 it was one of the few lakes in the Uinta that had golden trout. Don't know if the goldens still exist because they don't complete well with other fish. Caught a 2 lb Brook Trout in the lake so it wouldn't surprise me there were very many goldens left after all these years.