Explore the alpine vistas, glacier-formed lakes, and Utah’s highest peaks with National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map of High Uintas Wilderness, Ashley. Trails near: High Uintas Wilderness. Showing 81 trailsClear Filters. Click or drag a GPX, TPO, FIT or TCX file here. UploadCancel Smooth file. The High Uintas Wilderness /juːˈɪntəz/ is a wilderness area located in northeastern Utah, United States. The wilderness covers the Uinta Mountains.
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What a outstanding and complete write-up Alicia. What a great trip! I always say the Uintas are the best kept secret of Utah- while everyone heads to the National Parks the Uintas are always amazing and dog friendly. Looks like an awesome trip! Katie Katie Wanders www. It is quite a struggle for me to read your blogs as we head east.
I so miss the west and the hiking opportunities. Our family is all east and we need to have all our windows taken out and resealed in the motorhome which is done in Florida so our trip east will be longer this year. I am not a happy traveler: It has been more than hot and the humidity has been worse than normal. It isn’t pleasant for anything outside. Oh, to have a high elevation mountain!! Oh, well, we’ll be back in Arizona in February! Meantime I will live vicariously through you and Charlie: What a spectacular three days!
Boy, that was a lot of miles. Bet you and Charlie slept well when you returned home: The mountain lakes are so beautiful! The photo of the three dogs with their packs is so adorable. What good little furry hikers: I know the feeling! As the saying goes, “The West is Best! I still read your blog posts and find them all interesting – looking forward to your visit next in the West next February!
I’m getting set to travel most of the Highline Trail in a couple of weeks. We’ll be doing 6 days and 5 nights and I’m excited to finally get into Rock Creek for a night along the way, along with everything else we’ll get to see.
While in Rock Creek, if weather is good and we make camp soon enough, I’m hoping to see if we can’t find our way up to Ostler Peak. I’ll have to do uintae ‘recon’ on that favorite secret lake. I’m excited and looking forward to your blog post and photos!
A group of 6 of us went over July th. Caught some nice fish in your “New secret” lake and many others.
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We were able to visit 13 lakes. Looking forward to reading your others! Getting into the basin requires a minimum 9 mile hike; I highly recommend that you spend at least two nights in Rock Creek Basin to fully explore the area. Some people can backpack it in one night, but doing so won’t allow enough time to see everything. There are three ways you can reach Rock Creek Basin: Our group decided to head uigh via the Highline Trail starting from Hayden Pass.
This would be a 10 mile hike into our chosen lake, bypassing the Naturalist Basin trail split, and crossing over Uuintas Sea Pass. Many of the lakes pictured here will not be named, so as to keep them relatively secret. It’s too beautiful of an area for it to be trashed, nap I fear that some of these lakes will one day become over populated.
However, if you have a map and do a little research and route finding, you can find your way. Rock Creek Basin is so large that it would be hard to see every lake, and in the two nights we spent in the basin, we only saw 8 other hgh. This is because Camp Steiner is just down the road from the TH, and Naturalist Basin only 7 miles in is a popular and “easy” backpacking destination.
Uimtas, once you get past the trail split for Naturalist Basin, you will see uinas few people. Not only will you see hundreds of people on the Highline Trail, but also llamas, goats, and horses, helping to transport gear and goods. Stock animals always have right away on trails. Many people ask, ” Can I bring my dog into the Uintas?
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Dogs must be leashed in parking lots, and developed areas such as campgroundsbut can hike off leash on all trails. Poop must be picked up and packed out. I recommend bringing a ziplock back to store it in to keep the smell at bay.
I love backpacking with Charlie in the Uintas – he has a blast running on the trails, swimming in the lakes, and being able to run free around camp. The Uintas are uints about 1. At the first stop light, turn left, and at the next stop light at the Chevronturn right. You’ll now be on the Mirror Lake Highway.
Drive for 34 miles until you reach the Highline Trailhead at Hayden Pass on your right. There are restrooms available.
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Rocky Sea Pass 8. Dead Horse Pass 17 miles one way. No permit is required. Welcome to the High Uintas Wilderness! The Highline Trail starts out heading south for about 10 minutes, then will turn East for the rest of the trail to Rocky Sea Pass. Group size is limited to 14 people, and 15 head of stock. Follow the signs for Rocky Sea Pass, which is 8. Charlie is ready for a big day of hiking. Since there’s plenty of water in the Uintas for him to drink from, all he needs to carry is his food, a bowl, and leash.
I keep everything in his pack in ziplock bags because he likes to swim with his pack on, and I don’t want his gear to get wet. For really cold nights, Charlie will also carry his Quinzee Coat.
You will see many trail splits, but just keep hiking towards Rocky Sea Pass. The Highline Trail is very wide and alternates between very flat and very rocky. At roughly 4 miles, you will see the Naturalist Basin trail split.
Blue Lake is my favorite, and Mt. Continuing on the Highline. You will cross two large creeks. Having trekking poles will help with balance, especially with a heavy pack on. If you happen to run low on water, these two creeks are great to filter water from. The pack leads the way! All of the dogs have their own pack, and did a great job on the trail together.
Finally, after about 4 hours, we had sight of Rocky Sea ridgeline. The trail crosses over Pigeon Milk Springs – another great source of ice cold water to filter! Once we started working our way up higher to the pass, the wind was stronger, and make Charlie’s ears fly! Nothing like the wind in your hair Copper leads the way to the hign. This area was so pretty! Even in the middle of July, you can find snow patches around 11, ft. Keep in mind that when you are hiking at this high of an mwp, you’ll want plenty of sun protection.
You can also find them on Amazon! I thought ,”Aww man, am I turning into one of those hikers?!
I never felt hot wearing this while backpacking, even though the day time high was around 75F. I don’t care if I look nerdy now, I freaking love these shirts. Back to the trail info Dave makes his way through the small meadow to Rocky Sea Pass. Looking into Rock Creek Basin! After taking a longer break to snack, we started down the steep switchbacks into Rock Creek Basin. Making our way past the first few ponds, on a nice flat section of trail. We made it to the lake we camped at which will remain un-named in about 6 hours.
Home sweet Home for two nights. We started a fire and enjoyed relaxing. The mosquitoes weren’t really that bad – only in the morning and evening is when they came out to play. Dead Horse Pass and several lakes. These are great to bring along for backpacking trips, so you can use a much lighter pack for your day hikes.