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Murdock Mountain Route is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 505 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Breck Tuttle
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Backpacking

This is a Rocky off trail route to a rounded Peak with nice views of the distance but because it’s so rounded you can’t easily see some of the lakes near it’s southern and western base without a lot of additional walking.

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Breck Tuttle
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Backpacking

This route is all off-trail and over rocky terrain. Nice views of the distance from the top but because the top is quite flat you have to hike further to get to any "Edge" steep enough to see anything closer

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Daniel Davis
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HikingOff trailRocky

Short but somewhat technically challenging hike over rocky terrain. View from the top is amazing. It felt like we were alone on the top of the world!

Payden Augustine
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

An awesome and certainly overlooked peak overshadowed by it's big brother, Bald Mountain. Personally I think this hike is just a bit more challenging than Bald, having done Murdock immediately after summiting the other. The hike up is vigorous and technical, as you'll be skipping over large rocks most of the way up. There are small patches of grass and dirt, but don't rely on using those as a trail up. This is definitely a "choose your own trail" type of hike and you'll get to the top no matter what. A few cairns can be seen that guide you toward the Summit Log, which can be found in a red tin nestled cosily in a small cairn-esque "room with a view". A small seat provides shelter from the high winds that can stir up, making the log easier to write in. I'd highly recommend this peak, it offers really cool 360º views that espouse the high alpine scenery that the Uinta Mountains are known for. It's also a good and quick workout! It took me less than 45 minutes to do the entire hike.

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Kenny Quintanilla
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Relatively easy hike, but not shade. There is no trail, you make your own path across talus & rocks. Views are absolutely breathtaking.

D HoV
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Great views, but NO trail. Straight forward scrambling up endless talus. I was silly enough to try and take my little kids up this.

Joshua Isaksen
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Hiking

One of the best trails I’ve been on in a long while. I believe the views at the top rival those of Baldy...plus you get a great view of Baldy too! Saw a dozen or so mountain goats off to the side of the mountain...definitely keep your eyes peeled. Time and mileage will depend on your route as there is no trail. We did it in around 3 miles with plenty of switchbacking and exploring. Absolutely no one on the trail...pretty amazing for a summer Saturday in the Uintas.

Alexandra Stewart
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Snowshoeing

Not sure why this is rated as "Difficult," the climb is mellow compared to Bald Mtn. A good option for an early or late season summit when the snow has set in to snowshoe up to get good views without any major avalanche risk. I give it a 3 for the summer, 4 for the winter due to there being better options (ie. Bald Mtn) available to summit in the summer.

Andrew Davidson
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Hiking

If you want to climb a peak in the Uintas but don't feel up to the more grueling Bald Mountain Trail than Murdock Mountain is for you. It's just across the highway from the Bald Mountain Trailhead. Murdock Mountain is a gentle sloping mountain that provides great views in all directions. There is no trail to the summit, but because of it's gentle grade anyone in decent shape should be able to easily reach the top. There is a good deal of talus to climb over, but at no point is it ever exposed or risky. On the top you will be greeted with great views, and if you are lucky will catch a glimpse of the mountain goats that live on the mountain.

Allison Johansson
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Hiking
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Tiffany Draper
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Courtney Allsop
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Jeff W
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Tiffany Draper
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