Uinta River Trailhead Loop is a 53.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roosevelt, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This is a multi-day loop that starts at the Unita River Trailhead. In includes climbing Kings Peaks and several passes including Anderson Pass (part of the King Peak climb, Trail Ryder Pass and Roberts Pass.
Horse friends - this is a moderate to advanced trail. Trail is single trek, footing is 80-90 % rock, anything from loose rock in the trail, to trail going over rock sheets or large rock step ups. Rock. Only bring your most sure footed of horses. There are several bridges, some without rails to cross. The trail in some places traverse the side of the mountain with steep drop offs. The map shows the river along side the trail but it is in a 100 ft canyon. That said the trail head is well maintained with room for trailer parking with looped turn around. Beautiful canyon views with a river in the bottom. The trail is forest covered. There is not much grass to graze but plenty of streams for water. Typical for uintas to rain so be prepared. We turned around after 9 miles as the rocks in the trail weren't worth the risk of injury to the horses.
Did a variation of this route, but in reverse: U-Bar Ranch to Chain Lakes, over Robert's Pass to Lake Atwood, over Trail Rider Pass to Painter Basin & Kings, Kings to Kidney Lakes, then back south to U Bar Ranch. Wanted to make it to Fox Lake but was rained out hard two days and fell behind, regardless, amazing trip and even more amazing country. The scenery and absolute scale of the Uinta Mountains is just mind blowing! Whether you're considering your 1st, or your 20th 50+ miler, this one is not only suggested, but highly recommended! Superb!
Spent the first night at the Sheep bridge because of a late start then Hiked to Fox Lake. Climbed the pass above the lake and Looked down on Island Lake in the Burnt Fork Drainage. Then hiked to Kidney Lakes and spend two nights so we could fish Rainbow Lake which had large fish. Climbed Kings Peak the next day and then climbed over Trailrider Pass and camped at the upper end of Lake Atwood. Caught some Golden Trout and huge Brook trout. The last day climbed Roberts Pass and hiked pass Chain Lakes. Great Trail