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Beautiful area!

awesome. lots of skeeter

2 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.

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.

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.


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

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

I liked the feel of this lake less all the campfire pits in a permanent campfire banned area.
I tied the Kermashu (sp) lake into this trail for a quick weekend get away. The trail is easy to follow with out much felt up hill until about mile 6.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Hiked to Ryder and camped in meadow 1/2 miles below the lake. Day hiked Ryder and Mcpheters Lakes then to the end in the drainage below Hayden peak. Views of the entire middle basin were fantastic. Many downed trees blocking the trail

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I have been on this trail many times through the years. I love to camp and hike the many trails in the area. One of my favorite parts of this trail are the wood bridges across some of the swampy spots. My kids also enjoy being out here. The only thing about the area you have to be aware of are the many Moose. Great trail for all.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

One way, this one registered 10.2 miles on my GPS. So this is a 20 mile up and back trail. Beautiful trail. The off the shelf maps on GPS actually have the wrong trail going in and would have you bush whack for 4 miles. This has a steep incline near the end as you head up to the lake. If you do this one in June there will be small snow patches to keep your fish cold, but LOTS of bugs. Better done later in the summer. Ryder has more fish, McP has larger fish.

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.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Easy trail until the last couple of miles. Beautiful basin. Backpacked in the mid 70's

11 months ago

Tuesday, July 05, 2016