The hike to Fire Lake starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead just off the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta mountains. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. LarryBoy Hiker Trash. Length 31.7 miElevation gain 5246 ftRoute type Loop A beautiful 8.5-mile trail in the Uinta Mountains that passes 7 lakes and other small ponds. Caught a nice cutthroat out of duck lake. By far the most used access route to the Uinta Mountains is UT 150, Mirror Lake Highway, between Kamas and Evanston, WY. Backpacking for 4th of July 2019. Brown Duck Mountain Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 31.7 mile loop trail located near Altamont, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Ibantik Lake. Island lake had some people too. Have you done this adventure? Spent the night, has beautiful camping spots, had the lake to myself. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your It contains over 40 lakes and comprises the west portion of the Lake Fork River watershed. But was easy to find with gps. Follow the signs to the right leading you to Long Lake. 40.681803,-110.963200 From Kamas take the Mirror Lake Highway and take the exit for Trial Lake Campground, the turn north to the Crystal Lakes... Weir Lake is one of many mountain lakes located in the High Uintas near Kamas, Utah. A few snow patches left on the trail and water flowing on the trail from the melt. The trailhead also serves backpackers embarking on longer adventures. Day 2 From the trail junction on the northwest side of Atwine Lake continue northward towards East Basin. The answer: Hidden Lake in the western Uintas. We even found a toilet seat and 5 gallon bucket, partially used cans of bug spray, a can of cooking spray. Went here when I got a little bit lost on destination. Jan 30, 2013 #1 New Trail Guide up for Duck Lake in the Uintas. But smooth sailing. Kamas Lake, Uinta Mountains, Utah. The exact location is pinned, but you get there driving from Kamas. A stream makes a nice lunch stop. After a half-mile, the trail bends northeast — the general direction of the rest of the hike. We have been coming to Kamas Lake for many years. It was dry, and the Forest Service had gone in and cut down all the trees that had fallen on the trail. ... Leaving Brown Duck Lake the trail follows the south side of Brown Duck Creek for the last 6.4 miles before ending at Moon Lake. We have had to wait because the snow was melting off really slowly with how cool May was. Rate this Adventure We backpacked 3 days and 2 nights to Brown Duck Lake, Island Lake, and Kidney Lake. There are no trails around Watson … More Brown Duck Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Home, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Still it's a pretty lake and it proved to be a tranquil experience. At 2 miles you’ll come to Long Lake, and at 3.3 miles you’ll reach the Duck Lake Junction. It's just a couple miles from the Crystal Lake Trailhead, and it's a pretty easy hike. As it's deeper of the trail there wasn't trash or anyone to be seen on a sunday afternoon. At 4 miles, a gate leads to a meadow. 850 ft gain There are also lots of mountain goats in the area. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. The problem is the campsites! Duck Lake, which is reached via the Crystal Lake trailhead, near Trial has some real nice camping spots. One wooded saddle to cross, and that's it. We hiked in on Saturday afternoon and although the parking lot was a madhouse, the trail was not. After reaching duck lake and crossing the outlet river we headed down to hidden lake where the trail disappeared at times from dead fall and overgrowth. Overall fishing was slow, not much at duck. Very easy hike don't let the moderate rating scare you from taking your kids. Starting off, follow the signs for Long Lake.  - Loop Trail. The trail offers a number of activity options. The trail to Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead  and is a popular starting off point for many trails like Cliff Lake, so the parking lot fills up quickly. Then Star Lake (Day 03). 8.4 miles (We did this one by leaving Long lake (Day 01) and going around the backside of Watson to the three lakes (Day 02). After eating a snack, fishing, or swimming at Duck Lake, continue following the trail to Pot Reservoir, Weir Lake, and Marjorie Lakes. The Crystal Lake Trailhead is the starting point for many hiking adventures in the Uinta Mountains. I'd love to go sometime when that's not the case. Once you arrive at Long Lake the first view of the lake will be at the east end, which, according to the sign is the designated primitive camping area of the lake. We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. The main trailhead parking lot fills up quickly on weekends since it serves multiple trail options. Camped out on the SE corner of the lake. When I camped here (it was mid-August) there was a herd of about 30 that would come down at sunrise and sunset to graze on the south side of the lake then go back into the mountains. Folks had dug barely covered trash pits. Aug 15, 2013 - Photos and information about backpacking to Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. In-depth questions & comments can be posted in this thread. Be the first to leave a review! Lillian Lake is one of my favorite places to camp in the Uintas. 3-day: $6.00 The trail to Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead and is a popular starting off point for many trails like Cliff Lake, so the parking lot fills up quickly. Take the Brown Duck Lake trail southeast. The other side of the pass is steep as well but very short and soon after it arrives in Cuberant Basin. I went last week and the beginning of the trail was crowded, but the rest wasn’t bad. Back at Island Lake, enjoy a peaceful sunset, or stand atop the cliffs and peer into the depths of the lake for cruising trout. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! The only other paved approach roads are to the south, ending at Moon Lake and Stillwater Reservoir, and Weber Canyon Road in the west. Mirror Lake Scenic Corridor Recreation Area Standard Amenity Fees: Classic Uintas scenery. Several great camping and fishing spots. 1-3 Day Pass: $6.00 7-Day Pass: $12.00 Annual Pass: $45.00. There are hundreds of lakes in the Uintas that you can have all to yourself with not much effort. Starting off, follow the signs for Long Lake. Duck Lake, Uintas. Peaks in the area are as high as 11,866 feet (Brown Duck … I passed weir lake which was also gorgeous. The Mirror Lake Highway Recreation Corridor does require a fee if you are recreating in the area. Follow the signs to … Brown Duck Mountain Loop 37 miles RT The trail heads west .2 mile along the lake to Lake Fork Trail. Caught two German Browns. Water temp was great! This serene alpine lake delivers on all three of those demands in a big way. The trail to Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead and is a popular starting off point for many trails like Cliff Lake, so the parking lot fills up quickly. Duck Lake offers hikers a moderate day hike or an easy overnight backpacking trip featuring a handful of mountain lakes and outstanding Uinta scenery. Fantastic evening and morning views. From there is a lightly traveled trail, but you’ll probably need … It is located near Trail Lake, just off Hwy 150, and provides access to several lakes that can be reached on short day hikes. This is a very picturesque lake and you can get great photos (as evident by this post). We did a clockwise loop from the trailhead to Duck Lake and then around to Long Lake. Duck Lake Trail is a 12.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Annual: $45.00. Fees are as follows: Since this is federal land, they accept National Parks passes as well. How to pay the Mirror Lake Highway use fee:. This area can be quite busy on summer weekends; however with so many lakes to explore in the vicinity you might still have a … It's free to drive the byway, but if you stop to use any of the recreation areas you are required to pay the park fee. We started on Friday afternoon and headed in on the trail. The bottom part to duck lake had very few people, and I swam in duck lake. Joined Jan 4, 2015 Messages 2,101. There are five named lakes in Cuberant Basin. All are set in the beautiful Uinta backdrop of rugged mountains, pines, aspens and green meadows. Hiked up to Island Lake jumped off the cliffs, water was great. Duck lake was peaceful and I appeared to be the only duck out there which was great. Follow this trail down to Duck Lake where their are a bunch of really cool campsites on the east side of the like if you choose to backpack in. Please explore responsibly! ... this one said Duck Lake to the left and Island Lake to the right. Duck Lake. Most visitors to Brown Duck Basin prefer to make camp at the better known Kidney, Island, Brown Duck, or Clements Lakes, but Atwine Lake is by far the prettiest of the basin’s five major lakes. Joined Aug 9, 2007 Messages 12,833. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from July until October. ... We had been pumping water near the inlet to the lake and were walking back to camp. Thread starter Nick; Start date Jan 30, 2013; Nick Spiral out.. There was trash everywhere. Duck Lake, Uinta Mountains- 6.24/25/26.2016 I finally made it out to the Uintas this year. We made our way out on Hwy 150 to the Crystal Lake trail head and threw on the packs and headed in. Backpacking to Brown Duck Basin in the High Uintas Wilderness near Moon Lake on 07052019. Duck lake had a lot of weeds in the lake making it hard to fish. Hike the Duck Lake to Marjorie Lake Loop in the Uintas. The climb up to Island Lake is a fairly steep trail over a high ridge to reach the lake, located at 10,135 feet. Hidden lake had major winter kill this winter and no fish right now. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. In fact, for all my four boys it was their first real backpacking trip where they carried their own gear. Duck Lake, Uinta Mountains- June 2015 The day finally came to get out for my first backpacking trip of the year. Horses are also able to use this trail. Other good fishing lakes in the immediate area are Duck and Beaver Lakes. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Well marked and easy to hike. From here, you’ll begin your climb to Island Lake. adventures and follow local regulations. The trail itself is lovely - lots of variety of scenery, and an easy, rolling, elevation change. I have no idea why you or anyone else would spend so much time and effort to go to Brown Duck Lake or any other lake in the Uintas and not do any fishing. Pretty low effort in and out. Atwine is 29 acres, Clements 57 acres, Brown Duck 30 acres, Island 41 and Big Dog is 6 acres. 7-day: $12.00 HIKING TO ISLAND LAKE, UINTAS September 2008 - 72 photos and 10 extra panoramas. My eight year old made the hike for the first time. Three Divide Lakes. Duck Lake Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Island Lake. Great hike. Brown Duck Basin is a north-south trending basin in the Uinta Mountain range of northeastern Utah. This is number two. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. The fishing is way better at Lake Weir or Island Lake where you can easily catch tons of small brookies. A picturesque five mile hike will lead you to a lake where you will spot more fish than people; the reason for the solitude is the trail to Hidden Lake … I did a full loop on the bottom trail heading to duck lake, then up to island lake, then the top trail back to long lake. Duck Lake In case you enjoy whitewater, there is the Guard station off US 150 to Hewinta Guard Station section, a type I-II whitewater stretch on Blacks Fork - East Fork, 6 miles in distance. Turn left onto the Brown Duck Trail saving you .8 … Gilbert Peak is the 3rd highest peak in the state, and the second highest county high point. Hike the Duck Lake to Marjorie Lake Loop in the Uintas. Here, you'll come to a junction with the trail from Trail Lake; take the left trail heading north to Notch Mountain, and Ibantik Lake is a mere .6 miles northeast, nes... Cliff Lake can be located from the Crystal Lake Trailhead. Gilbert Lake is located in the High Uintas Wilderness on the East end of the range, with Gilbert Peak (13,442 ft) being one of Utah's "13ers" (a peak above 13,000 ft). The trail can be accessed off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway about 33 miles east of Kamas and starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead. Lillian Lake via Lakes Country Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Includes directions on how to get there and where to camp. Beautiful day and beautiful trail. That lake itself isn't real beautiful, but there are several other lakes within easy walking distance that are. View Duck Lake Trail Guide What works - Here, too, fly fishing is excellent, stay with small hooks in sizes 14 to 18. Fun hike. The Mirror Lake Highway falls within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Fee Area. This lake does indeed have a large island with many pine trees on it. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail was wet to begin with, and there are a lot of downed trees that are log hurdles as you make your way to the switchbacks. At about 1.3 miles you'll come to a junction. Fees. July 20, 2019 the mosquitos were an absolute nightmare from just about the trailhead and got increasingly bad as you went farther into the hills. If you choose you can continue around the lake to the dam for better views or to continue hiking to Duck Lake and Island Lake. After Long Lake, continue on the trail towards Island Lake for about a mile at which point you'll see signs and a spur going to the left for Duck Lake. The trails cross a bunch of wetland areas, but thanks to the Forrest Service, they have created a bridges so you can hike these trails in early summer without getting your shoes terribly muddy. The trail offers a number of activity options. Basin elevations range from 10,000 to 10,600 feet. I guess it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a backpacking trip … Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 902 ft Route type Out & Back Took the main trail to duck lake which is easy to follow and well marked. Gilbert Peak can be access by several drainages, with Henry's Fork being the most popular, however we accessed it from Gilbert Lake. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Starting off, follow the signs for Long Lake. Thank goodness the High Uintas is now a protected wilderness area, and prospecting is no longer allowed. Mount Watson. 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