West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake

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High Uintas Wilderness

West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake is a 20.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and fishing and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length20.8 miElevation gain1,715 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingFishingHikingNature tripsDog friendlyForestLakeRiverWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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This trail head has room for fifteen vehicles but no campsites, toilets, or drinking water.

Supervisor's Office (801) 999-2103 857 West South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District Evanston Office 1565 Highway 150, Suite A PO Box 1880 Evanston, WY 82930 (307) 789-3194

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 may need a high--clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle to safely cross the river- and to negotiate the rock and mud holes that lie ahead.

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Hannah Jung
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CampingMuddy

This trail is absolutely stunning. The whole hike is beautiful but the lake at the end is breathtaking. Be prepared for a lot of muddy stretches. It rained a lot while we were there. This is probably because it is pretty remote! We only saw a handful of people on the trail. Beware of the ridiculous about of sheep, cow, and other poop! Importantly, AllTrails gets the trailhead wrong in the map. It is actually about 2.2 km onto this map. We, however, ended up parking near where this map's trailhead was because there was a river on the road that my car couldn't go across.

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Summer Caratachea
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Hiking

Great hike to hitch a ride on a horse! Tell Jose hello for me if you see him herding the sheep!

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Leslie Miller
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BackpackingBlowdownBugsMuddy

If you’re looking for solitude, this is the hike for you. Maybe the 22miles of washboard road & rocks deter most people. Do this as an overnight with my dog. This is a marshy, muddy hike but loads of beautiful green meadows & gentle terrain as far as elevation gain goes. Lots of water crossings & downed trees but easy to get around or over. The last couple miles to the lake get a bit steeper but it’s nothing bad. The bugs were bad the last couple miles up to the lake & at the lake itself but the entire time before that, I didn’t even use bug spray. Make sure to cross the marshy meadow & river when you come to the wooden fence that runs across the meadow. There’s a trail that continues straight but it soon fades & you’re left bushwhacking through loads of deadfall. Didn’t see a soul all day until the lake but only 2 other tents set up far away. Saw a herd of elk & 2 bull moose which was amazing.

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Leslie Miller
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Nate Smithson
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HikingFloodedMuddySnow

Gorgeous scenery and relatively simple hike. It is a very gradual climb until the ascent to the lake which made it pretty easy. The weather was all over the place. The first day was sunny, day two rained the whole time (snowed at the lake) and on day three we woke up to four inches of snow. Pack for all weather. The trail is mostly through marshes and therefore most of it is under water. There are four river crossings and the water was up to our knees. It was a beautiful hike and I can’t wait to do it again even though the conditions were constantly changing.

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Brandon Peterson
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June 13, 2020 the last half mile the trail was obscured by snow. Some open water, but ice still on the lake. Fishing the stream on the way up was productive for small brook trout. it would be worth the weight to pack an extra pair of shoes for river crossings and marshlands. lots of water on the route.

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Oh.It's.Little.Legs. Gaby
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Hiking

Beautiful! It’s 10 miles to the lake. We set up camp and hiked Red Knob in the morning and hiked out Monday. We had the entire lake to ourselves and the weather was perfect! The wind gusts were brutal between 6pm-5am.

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David Landeen
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HikingBugsMuddy

We started hiking at the ford where we left our car. We made it 8.25 miles before the weather was too wet and we turned back. We were only planning a day hike and we didn't want loved ones sending out search and rescue. Make sure you take the trail that is to the right of the trail sign at the trailhead. The trail was fairly dry. The 3rd river crossing (where you go across the meadow following the fence) does not have a full bridge anymore. I'll have to go back and make it to the lake someday.

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Mike Kelsch
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Hiking

For the Uintas this is one of my favorite hikes. It is a good place to go if you like open meadows and a relative easy hike. If you go all the way to Dead Horse Lake it is 10 miles but an easy hike with no real steep uphill until the very end, and then it is minimal. Then you are rewarded with one of the most picturesque lakes in the Uintahs. I would suggest not camping at the lake as it is right along the Highline Trail. There are many good sights all along the river that runs nearly parallel to the trail. We Hiked in 5.5 miles, made camp and made a round trip to the lake the next day. The only negative to this hike is the getting there. It is basically 22 miles of dusty washboard road. With the last 6 or so very rocky. Given that you have to make two stream crossings better have a vehicle that can handle all this. That said it probably keeps people away.

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Girl on a Hike
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Backpacking

So pretty! Great backpacking trip. See my full trail guide, with photos and a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/08/backpacking-to-dead-horse-lake-uintas.html

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Andrew Davidson
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Backpacking

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.

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Breck Tuttle
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Backpacking

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.

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Chadley Gibson
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relaxing hike through gorgeous Meadows and streams.

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Jake Dennis
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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.

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Thomas Tesh
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Camping
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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.

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Dan Vincent
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Justin Combs
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Brian Mierkey
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Noah Stuart
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