Teal Lake, Uinta Mountains- 7.29/30.2017

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  1. Dr Nebz

    Dr Nebz Dirtbag After Dark

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    I had the chance to break away from the busy week in Salt Lake with Outdoor Retailer in town, to squeeze in an over night trip to the Uintas. I woke early on Saturday and departed for the trail head. The walk in was pretty quick, passing the many lakes in this area. The wildflowers are at peak right now so the color was amazing to see. After some brisk paced hiking I found myself descending to Teal Lake. I found my friends fishing as I arrived and I set up shop for the evening to come. We then just got into full fly fishing mode landing multiple Cutthroat and Tiger Trout. I happened to get a very nice sized Tiger on a Caddis Fly that has never landed anything previously. We fished most of the day, hanging out, and just enjoying where we were. The weather could not have been better. Evening came in with about 10 rain drops. We got a fire going and settled in.

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    Darkness fell and I decided since all the clouds had cleared out that I would put the camera out for a star trail. We sat around the fire eating delicious fish and having some well earned beverages. After my time lapse finished, I walked out to the lake and set up for a Milky Way shot. It is heading west now, so I got it as good as you can see it this time of year. After a nice fire, fun with the camera, and catching up with my good friends, it was time to turn in.

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    Morning came with clear skies and no winds. I made coffee and ate breakfast and went and sat by the lake. The sun on the peaks was just amazing. After a great start to the day I did a quick pack and decided to head out. The hike out was just amazing with the light and the wildflowers did not disappoint! I even ran into a Marmot climbing my way out to the trail head. It was so much fun to be out in the mountains once more.

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  2. uintafly

    uintafly Member

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    Nice report, looks like a good one.

    How is the bushwack from Ruth to Cutthroat and Teal? I am looking for a place to take my 6 year old here in a few weeks. Is the trail kid friendly at all once you pass Ruth Lake?
     
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  3. Dr Nebz

    Dr Nebz Dirtbag After Dark

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    Its not bad, you just need to know your direction and be able to navigate. There is no trail so to speak from Jewel to Cutthroat to Teal. I'll attach a .gpx file to this post of the track I recorded in there. If you have a gps device or app you can use it to guide you in there. There is a small moraine that you have to down climb in and up climb out of to get there at Jewel Lake. Other than that it is cross country off trail hiking.
     

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  4. Tim Valentine

    Tim Valentine Member

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    Such great green country out there. Thanks for showing me my first view of a Tiger trout.

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  5. uintafly

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    Thanks Doc. If the weather is decent I am gonna take the rugrat out this weekend.
     
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