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Amazing trail! Well kept, beautiful. Most of the elevation gain was in a concentrated areas so small parts of it were pretty steep but elsewhere was moderate or flat. There weren’t too many bugs but definitely bring repellent. Tons of wildflowers, Lakes, streams, and high up views for great pictures.

Hiked to Marjorie Lake and then back tracked to Weir Lake- gorgeous trails, the wild flowers are blooming and beautifully aplenty! Loved my time in the Upper Unitas. The trail(s) are fairly rocky but well marked. Wear sunscreen lots of trail is in sun with almost enough shade to make it ok.

One of my favorite trails in the Uintas. We did two mid week nights in July; weather was between 70’s and 40’s, mosquito burden was high, and crowds were low. Difficulty was moderate. Fishing was decent, fly and clear bubble did best, we got skunked using spinners. Naturalist Basin is gorgeous, with plenty of exploring to do around the Basin. A must do. Make sure to visit Shaler Lake for a day hike.

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views and lots of lakes. Definitely one I would do again. Weather can change in an instant so go prepared.

backpacking
4 days ago

For those of you who have stayed the night at Island Lake- where are the best campsites?

We hiked to Wyman Lake and set up our tents for the night. There were a lot of mosquitoes, but we had bug spray and so they didn’t bother us. After dinner, we decided to look for Packard Lake since we missed the turn at the beginning of Wyman Lake. Long story short, the trail to Packard Lake is labeled wrong on this site. As you hike along the left side of Wyman Lake (southeast side), you will come to the end of the lake. Then you will see that the trail heads off into the trees heading south. As you follow that trail (first going south and then turning east), it takes you to the south west side of Packard Lake. You actually come to a turnoff for the Duchesne River Gorge before you get to Packard Lake. There are a number of camp sites at Wyman Lake and at least one at Packard Lake. The gorge is beautiful!!! FYI- The fishing In both the Wyman and Packard Lakes was terrible. No one was at the lakes when we were there and so it was great to have the place to ourselves. It was a great hike to prep for future longer hikes.

Hiked this as a long day hike today. The first couple of miles through the trail were through the woods with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. I took a long break at Jordan Lake admiring the beautiful mountain backdrop. I hiked up the east side of the lake to get to the other Naturalist Basin Lakes on the bench above Jordan Lake. I lost the trail once I got on top but there was no chance of getting lost. Shaler Lake was great even though the spring time waterfalls were nearly dry. I went cross country to the other lakes, Faxon, LeConte, and Blue with lots of ponds inbetween. The waterfall and wildflowers below Blue lake were unreal. The trail down from Blue Lake to Morat Lakes was in rough shape (steep and crumbly). A great hike, but it definitely wore me out.

backpacking
5 days ago

backpacking
6 days ago

Hiked in on July 5th with my kids for one night. Hike wasn’t bad. The only challenging part was going over the pass and it wasn’t hard at all. Fishing wasn’t great. Caught one fish on a worm. 9 mountain goats walked through our camp. 6-7 awesome camping spots and a few more that are decent. By evening most were occupied. Two streams feed into the lake on both sides of the lake. Plenty of firewood within 80 yards of the bank. Breeze blows from the West most of the day and stops a little after sundown. Mosquitos weren’t bad, but we wore 100% Deet.. Perfect first back packing trip for my 4 kids (18, 16, 14, 11). Views are spectacular. Water is so clear. Would definitely go again.

backpacking
6 days ago

Amethyst Lake is a great overnight backpacking destination. You can do it as a day hike, but why hurry. As others have noted horses and dogs are allowed. There is plenty of water along the route so you will not need to carry more than 1L (and a good water filter or alternative water treatment). Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It rained on Saturday afternoon and evening. I checked the temp at 4:00 AM Sunday and it was 39 degrees. So remember at elevation the temps are vastly different than in the SLC valley :).

There is only one section of the trail that gains elevation quickly and is in poor condition due to the loose rock. This section of trail follows the creek (I think it is the outflow from Amethyst Lk) with amazing waterfalls and water slides. When you hit the top there is a gravel bar with a pool of water perfect for hydration and cooling off before beginning the gradual climb to the lakes.

backpacking
6 days ago

Love this trail! Perfect for beginners! the lake is beautiful and you can continue on if you choose to other destinations from the lake. Tons of places to camp around the lake. Lots of trees perfect for hammocking too. We took our one year old and our friends brought their 18 month old. The kids loved it. Beware, TONS OF MOSQUITOS! Everything else was perfect!

hiking
7 days ago

Great day for a hike. Easy trail. We went into Shepherd and Hoover lakes. Pretty lakes with great views of bald mountain. The wild flowers were spectacular

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. The view of the peaks over the meadow about 5.5 miles in is really something. Make sure you keep going past the first smaller lake! I agree with other reviewers that the trail would be a bit nicer without all the horse "remains" all over the trail, but such is life.

backpacking
9 days ago

The first part of this trail seemed fairly flat, until we came back and realized that there was much more elevation change. My watch said that the way to the lake had closer to 4000 feet of climbing and 4.5 miles one way. We camped at Wyman Lake. It was beautiful but the mosquitos were terrible! We didn't find the trail to Packard Lake, but we didn't really try too hard.

hiking
10 days ago

We didn’t leash our dog and didn’t see any on leashes (other than in the parking lot). This is a gorgeous loop with great variation—green, swampy meadows (wear bug spray), high lakes, and rocky, sweeping vistas. Not too challenging, other than a little push to the high point about half way through. I liked starting the loop by going towards Scout lake and ending by Kamas lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Worth the trip. Not the best fishing but a great view!

hiking
11 days ago

Very pretty! Went and the parking lot was very crowded, the trail became less crowded the further in we hiked. Lots of dogs on and off leash. Bugs weren’t bad, but they were out.

Good hike but totally worth it. Caught a couple nice trout. Scenery is unbelievable!

Good hike with pretty lake views. The mosquitoes were terrible though. Very rocky trail most of the way. The fishing was great.

beautiful views. We saw some mountain goats on the way down. Lots and lot of mosquitos. Once you stop for a split second, the mosquitoes will all come and try to bite you. The most amount of mosquitoes I have ever seen. Very annoying.

backpacking
12 days ago

Hiked this trail down from the Island Lake Trail Junction. There is a sign a short distance with a "Warning" about the trail conditions mentioned in the previous review. It is much easier to follow the rock cairns when you can see them from above than hiking up. Currently the trail is more like hiking cross country because you have to walk around, over and under many burned trees on the trail. Currently requires advanced route finding skills which slows down the progress. It took us 4 hours to negotiate the trail going downhill. At our normal pace we would have completed the downhill portion of this trail in about 2.0-2.5 hours. Three stars only because of the large burned out sections and difficult travel. 4 stars when the USFS cuts a trail through the downed trees. FYI Crystal Lake it at the opposite end of the Lakes County trail at the Junction of the Smith-Morehouse, Big Elk and Lakes Country trail

We started out at the Crystal Lake trail head near the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. It's unclear to me why it's the trailhead sign references Crystal Lake when you never see another sign mention "Crystal Lake" again as you're hiking. Instead, the wording changes to "Island Lake."

Obviously, most of it is still burned from the July 2016 fire. There is still a sign that says the trail is closed. Ground vegetation (bushes, flowers) have grown/are starting to grow back. There are tons of fallen trees on the trail. Some are easy to maneuver, some are not. You must be comfortable with losing the trail several times as you're hiking. You will be walking a nice, clearly-defined trail, then you'll hop over a fallen tree and POOF, the trail is gone. This got really old, really fast.

We never made it to Crystal Lake/Island (whichever it is) as we gave up looking for the trail after the 10th time of losing it. We did see a deer and a 3 moose on the way back: a mom and her calf, and then later a bull moose. So be aware.

I gave it 2 out of 5 stars because 3/4 of the hike is through burned forest the trail disappears constantly. On the positive side, there are quite a few wild flowers and you have a good chance of running into some wildlife.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful views and varied terrain. There are plenty of places to rest and take a break. Both I and the doggo enjoyed this hike.

Very pretty hike. Pretty easy and the climb at the beginning isn’t too bad. You run into a few different lakes and meadows. Make sure to check the weather, we got caught in the rain, but luckily had rain jackets with us.

hiking
12 days ago

Such a beautiful hike! No snow on the trail, ran into more people in the last mile or so but not crowded by any means. We bug sprayed at the beginning and middle and were fine for the most part.

backpacking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike/backpack along the Highline Trail and into Naturalist Basin in the High Uintas Wilderness. We spent two nights in Naturalist Basin with time to explore. Plenty of water available for filtering. Highly recommend avoiding the weekends. We arrived on a Thursday and left Saturday morning and saw very few people. On Saturday morning, people started arriving in the Basin by 10:00 am and the Highline Trail was BUSY! It was the weekend after the Fourth of July and hot hot hot in the Salt Lake Valley so that may explain part of it. Gorgeous flowers, lakes, views and mountains.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful campground at Booker lake. Did the loop from Wall lake to Clyde and back to the parking lot. Mountain sheep right in camp. If you are looking for seclusion, look somewhere else.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! We did an overnighter and backpacked in, but this would be a great day hike. There were several lakes along the way, possible to go to further lakes, caught several fish, several water locations to filter, fair amount of shade on the first half, and even saw mountain goats on the west side.

Difficulty: 5/10.
Length was 6.5 miles.
Traffic: Mild/moderate on this trail but the parking lot was a joke.
Tips: Fish at Meadow Lake, fly and bubble or golden Jake’s worked well.

backpacking
13 days ago

Great for first timers

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