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trail running
1 month ago

This is a remote trail in the NW corner of the high Uintas. It begins at Gardners Fork trailhead which gets light traffic. You'll probably have the trail all to yourself. However, the trail appears to get enough traffic that it's seldom overgrown, even in late summer. The trail starts out steep and rough, then descends briefly on moderate terrain to the 1st river crossing. Between the 1st and 2nd crossing is relatively smooth single track for the middle third of the trail. At the large cairn (see photos), take a left at the obvious fork in the trail. This marks the start of the Abes Lake side trail. You'll then immediately make the third and final river crossing, which marks the beginning of the steep and rocky climb to Abes Lake. It's rarely loose, with good footing, but makes for a challenging technical descent for runners. The three river crossings had many logs and large rocks for relatively easy crossing without getting wet. You should definitely have no problem at the end of summer (late July/Aug/Sept), though it might be a problematic in spring or early summer with lots of snowmelt. The trail is clearly defined except for a few sections on the steep climb up to Abes Lake. Wander a little to the left and right if you seem to lose your way, keep an eye out for the numerous small cairns, and you'll be able to find your way with a little basic route-finding.

Get ready to hike on this trail!! It is an uphill adventure. We made it 2.5 mikes up and turned around. Great hike!! Our kids did great but are use to hiking. I would say this hike would be hard for some children.

hiking
8 months ago

Whatever you do... DON'T try to access the trail in the winter with a truck. You will get stuck. Didn't make it to the trailhead. Five star rating for the experience.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

this Trail is one of my favorites, it's true that it is a light traffic Trail, and in the middle a little hard to follow. there are river crossing that add to Adventure. wear long pants and waterproof boots for navigating some swampy areas. this Trail is a little confusing at the beginning in Weber Canyon, one Trail starts at the top of a Private Road owned by the Mormon church, there is a Trailhead at the County Road that is difficult to spot. Trailhead from the road is about 150 yd past the gate for the Mormon Church Campground or you can park at the gate and walk up the Private Road about three-quarters of a mile to Aspen Grove trailhead. definitely a great Trail for those looking for The Road Less Traveled.

on Abes Lake Trail

backpacking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Super mellow trail until the last two miles, then you get your real workout in

backpacking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Relatively short but challenging trail. Early July made for challenging river crossings with full packs. Lots of deadfall present for the ascent to Abe's Lake after the final river crossing. I'd rate this trail as challenging rather than moderate. Sparse camping options at the lake but beautiful views.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Could be a great trail as the canyon is a great run of diverse alpine ecosystems. Unfortunately, due to a lack of use and maintenance, the trail is in very poor condition - particularly in the middle third. The trail is consistently overrun with several years of fallen pines, river crossings are difficult, and for at least a half mile the trail completely disappears. Hopefully the forest service gets through there soon as this canyon could be an amazing part of a Unitah backpacking trip.

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