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5 days ago

Beautiful! For an accurate trail guide with photos and map, check out my post: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/08/backpacking-to-allsop-lake-uintas.html

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

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.

on Allsop Lake Trail

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great backpacking destination! Aside from a moderate amount of mosquitoes, numerous lake fish, we had the place to ourselves. Where was everybody!? Wildflowers between 0-2 miles were awesome. Quite a few cattle at miles 2-4. From mile 5 to the lake, you are walking in some pretty scenic meadows. Bring your camera! It took us about 4.5 hours to reach the lake and just under four returning to the car. There are several small sections that were muddy and swampy from horseback riding, which required circumnavigating. The trail is a very gradual and deceiving uphill, there are only two switchbacks. If you want a place to yourself, consider this destination. Easily fives stars, but minus one star for trail conditions and mosquitoes.

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.

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.

relaxing hike through gorgeous Meadows and streams.

Friday, September 09, 2016

This is a great destination that really gets you a feel for what the Uintas have to offer. A friend and I did it during mid-August this year (2016) with packs. We split it up into 3 days, making things pretty easy on us for day 1 and 2, with the whole trek back being done on day 3.

The trail up to Allsop Lake was difficult to follow at times. It weaves through some marshy areas where the grasses have overgrown the trail. There are a few cairns that will help you find your way, keep an eye out for those.

We saw a few cows, but not so many that there wasn't a place to camp as has been said by others. The weather was a little unpredictable (as always in the Uintas) but we didn't get soaked at any point, which was good. If you proceed south once reaching the lake (along the eastern shore), you'll find a spot with some boulders where we camped quite peacefully on our second night, very nice spot.

If you're up for an adventure: I had wondered about the possibility of traversing the ridge between Allsop and Deadhorse Lake before we left. I made an attempt without my pack to pick my way up a gulley to the southeast of our camp, and was successful in reaching a ridge south of what might be called the Allsop Peaks. However, I don't recommend doing so unless you're very comfortable moving through loose rock and aren't planning on carrying a pack with you. The steepness, combined with the nature of the scree would make the gulley very tough to climb with a pack. Anyways, at the top of that ridge there was a gorgeous view of Deadhorse to the east and Allsop back to the west, along with the cirques surrounding both. Worth it if you're experienced and stupid enough to try it. Be careful going back down, I tried to find a different route and nearly fell twenty feet where the cliffs shear back. Go back down the same gulley, it seems to be the only way down.

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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nice easy but long trail to a nice alpine cirque. The lake is pretty, but a bit on the small side. Unfortunately the area was completely trashed by cattle while I was there. The trail was destroyed, and the meadows and flowers completely trampled and killed from the cattle. It was near impossible to find a spot to pitch my tent due to the fact that there was a cow pie every 2-3 feet on all flat areas.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Norice and Priord make up the West Fork of the East Fork of the Bear River (confusing I know) The drainage is much larger in width than its neighbor to the east (Allsop Lake) and holds 2 major lakes rather than 1. The Trail requires that you cross the river, without a bridge so be prepared for that. I imagine in early season the crossing could be more serious but it isn't too bad normally. (20-40cfs) The trail can be faint in places. The back of the bowl opens up to large meadows. The ridge behind immediately behind abuts the Four Lakes Basin drainage accessible via the Highline Trail and Rocky Sea Pass. If you have the legs and a shuttle back to EFOTB, its not a bad route. The first 3-4 miles of the trail are mellow, passing through old burn scars and incredibly wet meadows below fed by numerous springs coming off the left side of the canyon. Wood decks help maintain the trail. After 2 miles you encounter some old "Tie Hacker" cabin remnants. Worth a break to look around. Then you hit the wilderness boundary sign, then the fork where you choose Allsop or Norice/Priord From there the trail picks up a bit in gradient but not terrible. The scenery doesn't change much for several miles until you start hitting the upper meadows. Then it's pretty beautiful. Beware, horse packers use this trail as much as the two legged type. Sadly, they can destroy a trail in no time, especially in wet weather, which in the Uinta's is kind of a given. Plan accordingly. The fishing is decent at both lakes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trail is seldom used beyond the falls (5 miles) Very quaint, narrow drainage that climbs steadily deom the top of the falls until Allsop is reached. Trail is faint in places but you cant get lost. Lower portion goes through the 2008 burn scar. Pristine meadows and decent fishing.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hiked to a spent two nights here. Climbed over the pass and dropped down to Lightening lake for a days fishing. Beautiful area.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Good trail that climbs steeply once it leaves the river. It sits in a beautiful drainage.

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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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