West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake

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West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake is a 20.9 mile out and back trail located near Evanston, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

20.9 miles
1702 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



fly fishing






From Evanston, take the Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) south about 30 miles to the East Fork of the Bear River turnoff.(North Slope Road) Follow this road east 15 miles to a four-way junction. At this point, follow a good dirt road (Road 063) south until you come to a stream crossing. From here you'' need a high--clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle to safely cross the river- and to negotiate the rock and mud holes that lie ahead.

4 months ago

The scenery is 5 stars, one of the best hikes in the Uintas. The trail on the other hand is pretty awful. It's not a difficult trail, moderately long with a gentle incline the whole way, but it's more difficult than the stats lead you to believe. The trail is constantly disappearing, often instead of skirting around the boggy marshes the trail will head straight into them, where it then disappears for a quarter mile. If you are lucky you will find it on the other end of the marsh at which point it will lead you straight into another marsh. There are many river crossings as well with no bridges, but instead of river crossing that would help divert you onto higher or drier land these river crossing have the sole purpose of leading you through the maximum amount of marshland possible. Eventually you realize the futility of trying to keep your feet dry and just embrace it. Weather you spend 30 minutes carefully picking your way across the marsh, or walk straight through it in 10 minutes, either way your feet are going to get wet. I say all this not to discourage, but simply to let you know the trail takes longer and is more difficult than you might be led to believe, but yes, I would and will definitely do it again.

4 months ago

Hiked this trail as part of the 37 mile loop starting at the West Fork Blacks Fork trailhead. Crossing over to the East Fork Blacks Fork trail on part of the Bear-Smiths Trail. Then to the end of the West Fork Blacks Fork trail where it joins the Highline trail at Red Knob Pass. Followed the Highline trail to Dead Horse Lake and returned down the West Fork Blacks Fork trail to complete the loop Great loop hike with tons of great scenery.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

relaxing hike through gorgeous Meadows and streams.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It was a fun hike up in the Unita's. If you like fishing (I do not but people in my group did) you can catch a lot of fish in the river. One person caught over 50 in 2 partial days. Camping by the lake was nice. We went over and saw EJOD lake which is pleasant. If you feel up to it worth going up to dead mans pass. You can look over into another valley with some lakes. We did not stay long because of lightening. Good trip but probably won't go again. Enjoy.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The road to the West Fork Black Fork trailhead is the roughest and most difficult of all the trailhead roads in the Unita Wilderness area. I blew a tire leaving the trailhead road. This is the best trail in all the Unita Wilderness area. The hike through Buck Pasture is very serene. At the end of the trail is a cirque containing Dead Horse Lake. Dead Horse Lake is just drop dead gorgeous. If you can hike just one trail in the Unita Wilderness; this is it.

5 months ago

5 months ago