Uintas Epic Adventure

Dave B.

Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2014
Messages
11
I am planning on taking an epic 50 mile adventure in the Uintas next year. Here is what I have so far, what do you think? Any suggestions?

Day 1: Start at the Highline trail to Pigeon Milk Springs
Day 2: Over Rocky Sea Pass into rock creek drainage to Lightning Lake via Rosalie and Gladys lake
Day 3: Head to Ledge Lake then camp at Phinney lake
Day 4: Skirt base of Explorer Peak to Squaw lake/Anderson lake
Day 5: Enter Squaw Basin and head towards Rudolph lake up and over tworoose pass and camp at either Tworoose or Kidney lake in the Brown Duck basin
Day 6: Hike out to Moon lake
 

uintahiker

Adventure Guru
Joined
Jan 20, 2012
Messages
719
Hey @Dave B. - welcome to BCP! What sort of suggestions are you looking for? Campsites? Tweaks to your plan? good fishing lakes? Backcountrypost has it all- just take some time digging through the forum and trip reports, then ask questions to specific members and they'll jump in with suggestions in no time.

@ledcat did part of the route you're proposing.
This thread has some other info and might be a good place to begin. http://backcountrypost.com/forum/th...50-mile-routes-in-the-uintas.2552/#post-32398
 

DrNed

The mountains are calling and I must go
.
Joined
Mar 31, 2013
Messages
1,014
I am planning on taking an epic 50 mile adventure in the Uintas next year. Here is what I have so far, what do you think? Any suggestions?

Day 1: Start at the Highline trail to Pigeon Milk Springs
Day 2: Over Rocky Sea Pass into rock creek drainage to Lightning Lake via Rosalie and Gladys lake
Day 3: Head to Ledge Lake then camp at Phinney lake
Day 4: Skirt base of Explorer Peak to Squaw lake/Anderson lake
Day 5: Enter Squaw Basin and head towards Rudolph lake up and over tworoose pass and camp at either Tworoose or Kidney lake in the Brown Duck basin
Day 6: Hike out to Moon lake

Having just done 1/2 the route your suggesting (I went over Dead Horse and into WFBF drainage) Here is what I would suggest: There's, in my opinion, an almost perfect camp spot at Pigeon Milk Springs, on the north side of the spring stream, back in the woods. I would also suggest camping at Helen Lake instead of Lightning. There is a nice meadow on the south side of Lightning which also has some good shade trees, but I couldn't find anything flat enough for my comfort. We camped on the east side of Helen. Go east a hundred yards or more and there is small, flat, well shaded meadow that we found to be a great camp spot. (Except the mosquitoes were lethal)
I have every intention of doing this route again and when I do I would like to spend some time in the Gladys lake area - the trail takes you high above. This was one of my favorite views of my trip.

Also, I loved Ledge Lake. We camped on the west side near a waterfall from a spring high up on a rock cliff. My son loved bouldering at Ledge Lake and would still be there had I not insisted he come with us when it was time to go.

@DAA has the authoritative review of a trip similar to the one you're planning here.
 

Dave B.

Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2014
Messages
11
Thanks DrNed! This is awesome and exactly what I was looking for. Does anyone have any experience going from Squaw lake over to the Brown Duck Basin around Kidney lake? What is a better camp spot Kidney Lake or Tworoose? Thanks again you guys are awesome.
 

seekinglost

formerly metalbackpacker
Joined
Jun 18, 2015
Messages
88
One week from today and I will be heading out on this fantastic journey. Thanks to everyone here on BCP who has helped give guidance and insight. Here is my final route plan http://caltopo.com/m/3H68. I would love to know if there are any good fishing spots or side trips, I should plan on stopping at on my way.

Nice. I'm leaving for my Uintas trip in 2.5 weeks. I really wanted to check out Reconnaissance Lake/Triangle Mountain, just south Allsop Lake on the south side of the Uintas divide, but not going to be able to with the route I chose. That's really close to where you're going, just figured I'd suggest that. It looks beautiful.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
WasatchWill The High Uintas 4-4-4: Four Basins, Four Passes, Four Days Backpacking 18
C High Uintas Wilderness - Last minute plans Trip Planning 4
Mountain Wanderer High Uintas Wilderness - Granddaddy Basin Backpacking 4
scatman Bourbon Lake, Uintas - July 11, 2020 Hiking & Camping 4
ridings82 Uintas Backpacking Loop Trip Reports 4
Eric O Uintas Conditions 2020 Trip Planning 69
B Uintas question Hiking & Camping 3
Tarp Boy Uintas in late June? Trip Planning 10
Born to Hike Mountain Solitude: Reconnaissance Lake, High Uintas, early Sept 2019 Backpacking 9
Ehouston24 Uintas Loop (Red Castle/Kings Peak) Trip Planning 14
DrNed Plan B to High Uintas Backpacking Trip Planning 20
J Uintas Conditions 2019 Trip Planning 209
DrNed Recommendation for 35-45 Mile Route in the Uintas Trip Planning 7
Yvonne A weekend in the Uintas Hiking & Camping 10
WasatchWill 5 Guys on a Trail: A Tour of the Southwestern Uintas Backpacking 12
wabenho Rainbow Lake, Uintas - September 2018 Backpacking 6
DesertRatShorty Solitude in the Uintas -- Gilbert Lake Loop Backpacking 14
jdfut66 Uintas - Priord Lake to Deadhorse Lake Loop Backpacking 4
Born to Hike Clements Lake and East Basin in the High Uintas, mid-July 2018 Backpacking 6
TrektheWorld Need help with Uintas trip - camping Trip Planning 8
Perry Missing hiker in Uintas - Ray Humpherys General Discussion 104
Mike K Uintas Three Nighter Backpacking 13
LarryBoy In Which I Forget Sunscreen (Uintas 2015) Backpacking 11
Brian Handsaker Uintas Backpacking (or Montana) Trip Planning 9
Dave Uintas Conditions 2018 General Discussion 210
Uncle_Dim October in the Uintas Trip Planning 2
Perry Late Season Uintas Day Hike Ideas. Bear River to WFBF and Back? Trip Planning 13
r3biker Backpacking trip to Clyde lake in Uintas Backpacking 8
WasatchWill An Intro to the Uintas Hiking & Camping 2
TClark Uintas - Erickson Basin Aug. 3-5 2017 Backpacking 4
Nick 3 Children Struck by Lightning in Uintas General Discussion 0
mathew Uintas this weekend Trip Planning 0
westy High Uintas - West Basin Backpacking 0
George_Washington_Hayduke High Uintas: Allen Lake and Thunderstorms Backpacking 0
westy High Uintas - Henry's, Painter, Yellowstone, Smith's Backpacking 5
westy High Uintas - Middle Basin Backpacking 5
jj Backpacking Uintas with Toddler Trip Planning 14
B Best Time of Year for Backpacking the Uintas in Utah Trip Planning 15
Perry Can You Guess Where The Uintas Are? General Discussion 5
N Which High Uintas overnight hike? Trip Planning 2
Dave Uintas Conditions 2017 General Discussion 128
S Uintas 2 Night trip Trip Planning 9
J ISO Tiger Trout in the Uintas Backpacking 8
Yvonne Cross-Country skiing North Fork Trail, Uintas Winter Sports 10
Brett King's Castle Loop - 5 day backpacking loop in the Uintas Backpacking 20
Yvonne X-Country skiing in the Uintas Trip Planning 13
Perry One More Uintas Day Hike? Trip Planning 9
BryanG Early Season Backpacking Trip into the Uintas Trip Planning 2
swmalone Hiking options in the Uintas this weekend Trip Planning 2
Perry Late Season Uintas Trips - What Do I Need to Know? General Discussion 15

Similar threads

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

Top