Marsh Lake Campground to Hessie Lake

MODERATE 2 reviews

Marsh Lake Campground to Hessie Lake is a 16 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain View, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.0 miles
1,512 feet
Out & Back

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nature trips





wild flowers


Take Wyoming State Highway 410 South out of Mountain View about 8 miles. Where the highway makes a sharp right turn to the west go straight on to Uinta County Road 283 (gravel) and continue to Forest Service Road 072. Follow the signs past the Stateline Campground and past the China Meadows Campground to the China Meadows trailhead.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My only trip to Lake Hessie was a day hike in 2000 while camping at Marsh Lake with some friends. We were in good shape and it was an easy trek. The trail was in good shape all the way there, and we hardly saw anyone else, even before turning off the main Red Castle trail. The only potential concern is missing the fork toward Hessie. Maybe there is a better marker now. We caught a few fish in a short amount of time before heading back out, and came face to face with a huge moose about 10 yards away, apparently a surprise to both us and the moose! After a stare-down that probably didn't last anywhere as long as it felt, he turned and wandered off. It was a beautiful area that I'm considering for a backpacking trip with my wife.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The distance from the China Meadows trailhead to Hessie lake is 5.6 miles (so round trip is about 11.2 miles, not 16). The trail is initially the same trail as the Red Castle lakes trail and is a relatively gentle incline for the most part. The fork to Hessie lake is well marked and begins a much steeper ascent (tops out at 10,646 feet). Lake Hessie itself sits at just about 10,400 feet. We had the lake virtually to ourselves. It's a very picturesque lake completely surrounded with pines, with peaks over 11,000 nearby. We filtered the water we drank from a nearby stream that flows out of Hessie and into a small nearby lake. Great hike and place to camp.