hikes in Uinta Mountains
Hiking in the Uinta Mountains is sublime, as this high, remote mountain range offers some of the best hiking in Utah. Accessed by the beautiful Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) and a few 4×4 tracks, the majority of the Uintas are a vehicle-free, natural wonderland! If you want to escape the crowds of the canyons east of Salt Lake City, then drive a bit farther to the Uinta Mountains for incredible hikes and fewer people.
Hiking past pristine lakes, unique mountains, and wild serenity are what the Uintas have to offer. With Utah having so many hiking destinations in one state, the crowds can sometimes get dispersed between them. The Uintas offer lots of backcountry with few access roads in, so these hikes can be busy on weekends and near the trailheads. Check out our list of great hikes in the Uintas and get ready for your next Utah hiking adventure.
THE TOP 10 HIKES IN THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, UTAH
- Ibantik Lake (8.4mi, 1207ft, 3-5h): This hike, in the heart of one of the most picturesque valleys of the High Uinta Mountains, walks up over ‘The Notch’ and down to Ibantik Lake, immersing you in the paradoxically sterile, yet inviting beauty of the park.
- Clyde Lake (4.6mi, 571ft, 1.5-3h): This easier hike captures much of the incredible beauty of The Uintas’ Lakes. Following an initially busy trail, the crowds thin as you approach the glistening Clyde Lake and the stunning mountains that surround it.
- Lofty Lake (4.3mi, 879ft, 2-3h): A classic loop hike in the High Uintas, the Lofty Lakes Loops passes by several alpine lakes and yields fantastic views of Mount Marsell. The walk isn’t too challenging, and it yields fantastic views.
- Bald Mountain (2.6mi, 968ft, 1.5-2h): Though short, this extremely steep hike is quite a grueling climb. One of the classic climbs in Utah, this walk takes you to the incredibly high 11940ft Bald Mountain. It should go without saying that you can see a lot of Utah from the top.
- Mirror Lake Shoreside Loop (1.4mi, 23ft, 1-1.5h): A great, easy hike to do if you are enjoying the beach or the water of Mirror Lake. The Shoreside Loop trail walks you around the entire lake and grants stunning views up to the mountains that surround it.
- Naturalist Basin (12.8mi, 1647ft, 5.5-7h): Following the famous 104.0mi Highline Trail, the hike out to Naturalist Basin is a real gem. Though much of the trail is – somewhat surprisingly – below the tree line, the ambiance of your final destination is truly incredible, a serenity like no other.
- Haystack Lake (5.2mi, 279ft, 2-3h): The quiet yet beautiful hike out to Haystack Lake quickly leaves the crowds of the Washington Lake area behind. Passing by three lakes along the way, this stunning trail is a true gem for those wanting to enjoy the quiet and pristine aspects of the park.
- Notch Lake (4.7mi, 469ft, 2-3h): A popular backpacking trail, the hike out to Notch lake takes hikers into the heart the High Uintas’ lake country. Passing by Clegg and Dean Lakes, the final vistas across Notch Lake are definitely inspiring. You might be inclined to bring your tent on your second visit!
- Fehr Lake (0.7mi, 98ft, 1-1.5h): This little-known trail out to Fehr Lake is a good way to avoid the crowds at the other ‘front-country’ lakes by means of a short hike into the backcountry. That being said, the hike in is definitely short enough to schlep in a cooler and fishing rod! Just make sure you have a fishing license to go with your “soda-pops”.
- Wilder and Packard Lake (6.6mi, 1093ft, 2.5-4.5h): Beginning along the impressive 104.0mi Highline Trail, this hike – only 6.6mi – out to Wilder Lake then down to Packard Lake is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. This hike is also a great way to get away from the crowds, or to do as an easy backpack.
The best hikes in Uinta Mountains
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