Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Evanston with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

Backpacked up to Henry's Fork Lake for an overnight-er. The trail was mild, good for carrying a pack. Plenty of water available, as most of the trail is near the river or has stream crossings. The first 4.5 miles to the trail fork is through forest, then the view opens up to red peaks and cliffs. We hiked past Bear Lake, which looked like a nice place to camp. The view around Henry's Lake was worth it though. Saw 4 moose in the 2 days, so keep your eyes peeled. Total distance to the lake and back was 18.8 miles and took roughly 6-7 hrs each way (I'm a slow-medium speed hiker).

The trail has apparently been rerouted and is longer in mileage as a result. The actual trail does not follow the red line on the app once at higher elevations.

awesome. lots of skeeter

Amazing views and beautiful wildflowers. Quite a few mosquitoes but nothing too terrible.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great destination for those seeking solitude. I camped along the creek in the upper basin and did day hikes to the various lakes. Saw only one other hiker on the trail—on a weekend in September.

Good trail. Beautiful area

If fishing isn't good at Amythest Lake try Ostler

Love it. A great day hike and seems like a good overnight destinations in the warmer months.

One of my favorite places in the Uintas. Difficult climb between about mile 2.5 and 4.

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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hiked this last year in 2016. Had about 4 rivers to cross a couple of which we had to make our own bridge which took an hour or so. It would be wise if backpacking, to have a light pair of water shoes and save yourself the trouble. We camped below the lakes due to NO trail going up to them. We did day hikes up to the lakes which wasn't too bad with day packs, albeit steep and bushwacking. Fishing was decent and you are lucky to see ANYONE else.

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backpacking
Friday, March 24, 2017

Hiked to Bear lake for the night then up to Henry's Fork Lake, Doll Lake and back to the trails. Was able to see Kings Peak. Beautiful Basin. This trail and Henry's Fork Lake is slightly less used than Dollar Lake which is the main access to Kings Peak. The lakes in the upper basin are reported to have large fish.

backpacking
Friday, March 17, 2017

Hiked this trail when I was younger looking for a shorter way to get to Red Castle Lakes. Shorter but harder with more elevation changes but in my view more scenic because you are above timberline on much of the trail

backpacking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

I hiked this trails many years ago as an alternate route to Red Castle Lake. Great views because it follow a much higher route

backpacking
Friday, September 13, 2013

Hiked up this trail as part of a 32 mile loop trail where we connected this trail with the Highline trail and returned to the same trailhead using the East Fork Blacks Fork Trail. The trail was very muddy with lots of puddles but this was after a couple of days of rain. While there were a lot of boggy areas to cross the trail should be much dryer if it hasn't rained for a couple of days. There were four river crossings that were made more difficult because of the lots of rain over a couple of days which caused the river overflow its banks in places. In lower water the crossing should be much easier but still be prepared to use rocks, trees or wading to get across. Much of the trail had tree blazes or rock cairns but one of the larger cairns half way up led us off the trail up to an old cabin and corral which turned out be a great side trip. The upper part of the trail is above timberline and leads to Squaw Pass on the Crest of the Uinta's. The view of Little East Fork Black Fork and Oweep Basin is outstanding and worth the effort.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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Monday, September 05, 2016

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Sunday, June 23, 2013