Uinta River Trailhead Loop

MODERATE 4 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
53.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9921 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

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.

trail running
3 months ago

This is a High Uinta classic for remoteness. I have done this and several variations of the loop.
The caution for horses in other reviews are real. The Shale Dugway is notorious for big time horse wrecks in years past. Roberts Pass will pull shoes off the best horses.
Hiking will eat bad knees and ankles. You can cut off some of the mileage by omitting the Fox Lake and Kings Peak detours. You can also cut more mileage by taking the lower trail to Painter Basin and Trail Rider Pass.
Stream crossings should be done cautiously during high runoff times.
Be ready for severe thunderstorms. Only bring the best synthetic and fast drying clothing.
Trail running is hampered by rocky trail surface. Don't plan on setting a land speed record or be ready to pay the bloody price.
If you want solitude and beautiful scenery, this trail is epic.

horseback riding
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

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!

backpacking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

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