Swiftcreek Trail

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Swiftcreek Trail is a 35.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Altonah, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

35.9 miles
6,302 feet

dog friendly




nature trips






wild flowers

This is a multi-day loop this that starts at the Swift Creek Trailhead covering both the Swift Creek and Yellowstone Drainages. It includes three passes, Bluebell and Tungston and Porcupine. A climb to the top of Wilson Peak which looks down on Redcastle Lake. There are also several cross country portions which shortest the loop (see track)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I followed the trail pretty much exactly as shown. I wanted to climp Wilson peak on day 2, but it got stormy. I completed the loop in 2.5 days (2 nights). I camped at farmers lake on the first night and at tungsten lake on the second. The trail is pretty much flat most of the way, but when it gets steep it gets VERY steep. The trail is flooded in some places and VERY hard to follow in others; especially in the northern sections. Even with the cairns everywhere. I was glad for my GPS. There are trees over the trail by the dozens mostly in the southern sections. There are places to camp along almost every section of the trail. There are lots of rivers to ford that are just under knee deep. I would recommend fording sandals if you want to keep your shoes and socks dry. I did it bare foot and it was very painful. There are lots of biting flies and mosquitoes so wear deet. This trail really gives you the feeling that you are off the grid. The country and landscape are breathtaking.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Hit this up on a whim. Beautiful river exposures, lakes, and high altitude. Everything you need in a good mountain trip. Only issue is the always present blood suckers in the early months. Bring long sleeves and spray.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hiked to Timothy Lake the first day and explored all the lakes in the drainage.Its a beautiful basin. Climbed Bluebell pass which was very steep with few switchbacks the next day. Camped the next day at Tungston lake above timberline. Climbed Porcupine Pass and Wilson Peak which had great views of Red Castle Lake then camped at Five Point Lake. Explored Doll and Spider lakes and returned the next day to the trailhead. Fun loop

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