Mystery "trail" Above Cuberant Basin?

Hoobie

Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2013
Messages
9
I was just checking out google earth researching for a trip up to the Cuberant Basin of the Uinta Mountains and I noticed this distinct looking "trail" up where it just seems odd for a trail to be. Also adding to the mystery (at least for me) is it just seems to cross this meadow from one rocky place to another rocky place, dissapearing at both ends. It's not marked on any map I've looked at and seems real tricky to get to for it do be so distinct. Also a measurement on google earth reads about 4 - 5 ft wide (maybe a canal? but an odd place for one). I found it most visible using the historic imagery from 8/27/2009 but it is visible on all imagery dates. Does anyone know what it is? Or has anyone been up there in person?
Screenshot 2016-09-01 19.37.57.jpg

The trail is at the yellow pin stating "Mystery Trail", on the somewhat flat meadow above & NorthWest of Cuberant Basin.
Screenshot 2016-09-01 19.38.17.jpg

It just crosses the meadow, disappearing in the rocky areas on both ends.
Screenshot 2016-09-01 19.39.08.jpg

Google earth measurement of "trail", of coarse that's a wide "trail" but I'm stumped.
 

Mountain Beaver

New Member
Joined
Sep 2, 2016
Messages
4
Very interesting, I've got a couple things similar to this that I've found on Google Earth that I want to go see what it is.
 

Hoobie

Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2013
Messages
9
Yeah I'm going to have to add it to my adventure list. I am curious if it is connected with some of the mysteries in the Cuberant Basin, maybe it's a bigfoot highway. I'd be happy with an elk or deer highway though.
 

DrNed

The mountains are calling and I must go
.
Joined
Mar 31, 2013
Messages
1,014
Curious if anyone ever checked this out?

I'm taking a few days off next week and this is one of the
places I'm considering.

Thanks
 
Last edited:

Perry

Formerly Cuberant
.
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
2,029
I was just thinking about this the other day. Can't wait to hear about it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

DrNed

The mountains are calling and I must go
.
Joined
Mar 31, 2013
Messages
1,014
Looking at some 1939 aerial imagery (found here), this "trail" is visible back then.

View attachment 57307

It's got to be a man-made ditch or trench, but I can't figure out the purpose. Intriguing. Maybe I'll have to plan one more backpacking trip this year...
Intriguing indeed, especially if it's that old. That suggests to me it must have some depth to it. I gotta find out what it is.

I'm looking at satellite imagery and there doesn't seem to be a clear, best way up. Anybody have experience?
Here's a rough line of what seems to be the best way up:

Cuberant Meadow.jpg
Any thoughts?

Thanks
 

Rockskipper

No ETA
.
Joined
Jun 11, 2017
Messages
2,841
Seems to me if it's that old it has to be an animal trail. We've all seen tons of those, in fact, there are grizz/animal trails in Alaska that go way back and are so deep they've become rivulets.
 

DrNed

The mountains are calling and I must go
.
Joined
Mar 31, 2013
Messages
1,014
Seems to me if it's that old it has to be an animal trail. We've all seen tons of those, in fact, there are grizz/animal trails in Alaska that go way back and are so deep they've become rivulets.
I'm completely ready to accept that explanation, except that it ends so abruptly at the south end in a small
group of tree and on the north, it goes to the cliff edge.

I'll let you know next week.
 

Udink

Relax, slip away...
Joined
Jan 17, 2012
Messages
1,459
It really seems like something the CCC would have done. They built the dam at Fish Lake (a mile northwest) in the 1930s. Maybe this was a ditch to funnel a little bit of snowmelt into the Dry Fork basin?
 

DrNed

The mountains are calling and I must go
.
Joined
Mar 31, 2013
Messages
1,014
So here are the results of my Hike today:
IMG_3671.JPG


I was kinda crunched for time so I didn't walk the whole length of it.

At first glance it looks like the earth just dropped in along a straight line.

As old as it is it's impossible to tell whether it was man made, my first guess would be no.

The contour of the land there would not produce water flow towards the Fish Lake side, as mentioned above, even though when the snow melts I'm sure it fills with water.

IMG_3667.JPG

If it were any where other than a wide open meadow, it never be noticed.

I'll post a TR of the whole Hike later.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
DrNed Searching For Sasquatch, Garrett and Mystery Trail Hiking & Camping 5
S Wts mystery ranch 3dap foliage Gear 0
Dave The Mystery of Kim and Carole Special Features 69
Howells Outdoors Mystery Canyon Again! Canyoneering 3
Howells Outdoors Mystery Canyon -- May 2014 Canyoneering 13
Nick Fall in Mystery Canyon Canyoneering 14
Nick Mystery Canyon conditions, September 2012 General Discussion 2
Nick Mystery Canyon Canyoneering 5
A Teton Crest Trail Trip Planning 3
stretch Idaho Centennial Trail to Oregon Desert Trail Backpacking 23
IntrepidXJ Diane’s Birthday Ride on the White Rim Trail Everything Else 0
Parma Uinta Highline Trail Website General Discussion 0
Rockskipper Grand Teton Renews Historic Crest Trail General Discussion 4
HalfTread Ketchum Run Overnight - Loyalsock Trail - Pennsylvania - 2020 September 26 Hiking & Camping 6
Perry Holy Crap! Cougar Stalks Man on Local Trail General Discussion 14
TrektheWorld Boulder Mail Trail - end of October? Trip Planning 18
wabenho Teton Crest Trail - August 2020 Backpacking 13
ergelo Trail conditions in Arc Dome Wilderness (NV) Trip Planning 2
Born to Hike 85 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail including Crater Lake and a Dinosaur: July 26 - Aug 1, 2020 Backpacking 33
Cait Hell's Kitchen Basin - Old Pack Trail post Box Fire Trip Reports 2
D Tetons Crest Trail Aug./Sept. 2020 need a new partner/partners Noobs: Introduce yourself! 1
S Uinta Highline Trail shuttle options? Trip Planning 0
john.maldaner Trail Sandals? Gear 10
fossana Red Cliffs & Dixie NF fire-related trail/road closures (St George area) Trip Planning 1
Born to Hike Early June 3-day jaunt on the Uinta Highline Trail: Naturalist Basin, Pinto Lake, Margo Lake Backpacking 8
priz1234 Virgin River Rim Trail 6/6-6/7 Backpacking 4
Yvonne Hiking Connector Trail to Northgate Peaks on Zion Opening Day, May 13 Hiking & Camping 8
NorthwestWanderer Backpacking Oregon's Cottonwood Canyon : Lost Corral Trail Backpacking 1
C Flint trail Trip Planning 9
B Highline trail questions Trip Planning 12
P 9 Mile Trail, Yellowstone Backpacking 3
C Nankoweap Trail Trip Planning 4
Bob Idaho Centennial Trail Backpacking 7
Perry The Last Song Stuck in Your Head on Trail? General Discussion 29
NorthwestWanderer 5 Day Olympic National Park On & Off trail expedition (6 bears) Backpacking 10
fossana 24 Aug rockfall and E Rim trail closure in Zion (again) General Discussion 3
fossana Ruby Crest Trail (Ruby Mountains Wilderness) Backpacking 7
yoBear2116 Doing a shuttle on the Teton Crest Trail Trip Planning 4
scatman Mary Mountain Trail - Yellowstone - 8/11/19 Hiking & Camping 30
tomcat32 Backpacking Pennsylvania's Loyalsock Trail Backpacking 5
P Teton Crest Trail via Coal Creek/Moose Meadow trails Trip Planning 2
Perry Middle Fork Blacks Fork Ridge Way Trail - Does It Exist? Hiking & Camping 5
scatman Northern Section of the Toiyabe Crest Trail - June 15, 2019 Backpacking 22
DownPour Bechler Trail Yellowstone Planning for September Trip Planning 2
NorthwestWanderer 6 Day backpacking trip in Glacier Peak Wilderness (3 days of off trail route) Backpacking 9
balzaccom Time for Trail Work Hiking & Camping 6
woodmaker_58 Table Mt to Hurricane Pass/ Teton Crest Trail Trip Planning 4
sydissoocool Looking for a backpacking buddy for Uinta Highline Trail Noobs: Introduce yourself! 6
Brett Boulder Mail Trail - April 26-27, 2019 Backpacking 2
scatman Toiyabe Crest Trail Trip Planning 23

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top