Whiskey Island Lake, Uintas

Nick

-
.
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
12,938
August 2010

I took a little solo hike to Whiskey Island Lake in the Uintas on Friday. I was planning on a larger backpacking trip but the arch of my foot was hurting pretty bad so I opted for something shorter. I was thinking this was going to be just under 3 miles round trip but I ended up driving up a really narrow 'road' through the forest that put me just under 3/4 of a mile from the lake. Unfortunately that route was stacked with huge unstable boulders making it pretty tedious hiking.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay the night or not so I packed for it and figured I could decide once I was there. I bought a Spot this week so I can now send a message to my wife letting her know I'm okay or that I'm changing my itinerary. Kind of makes it more feasible to leave plans open ended. I also found a coupon code online to get the tracking service free so she can see my progress in near real time. So far I'm pleased.

The wind was intense pretty much the whole time I was up there, from about noon to 6pm. The water was actually breaking on the shore pretty hard from the wind blow waves. Along with the wind came a few intense periods of rain along with plenty of thunder and lightning. I spent a good portion of the day just sitting in the tent watching it come down. I did get a bit of fishing in but casting was nearly impossible, no luck at all with the fish. I question if there are many, if any in that lake. I saw a lot of big salamanders, in the 6"+ range that made me think they were fish, but otherwise no sign of fish at all.

The weather turned beautiful as the evening rolled in and I thought seriously about staying but the lure of a beer run through Evanston was too much.

5058814406_85c1c10ca9_z.jpg


5058203213_722efed3d0_z.jpg


5058203927_16c406e7fc_z.jpg


5058204879_6d113a945d_z.jpg


5058206279_76a58f0fe0_z.jpg


5058819392_77d2710876_z.jpg


5058208341_2ba65c0d56_z.jpg


5058821584_bdaa333cd5_z.jpg

Whiskey Island Lake


5058822054_7aff4ef7da_z.jpg

Self-portrait as the weather moves back in.


5058822562_b27c29e4f5_z.jpg

This is how most of the afternoon was spent.


5058211355_5eb89ac234_z.jpg


5058211707_39e535967f_z.jpg


5058824244_687e65ac34_z.jpg

After the storm.


5058213139_d3f0ce5cbe_z.jpg

Mammatus on the move as the clear skies move in.


5058213597_8e05ef9855_z.jpg


5058214087_4ef7a9f8a3_z.jpg



Featured image for slideshow:
slide.jpg
 

Deadeye008

Hambone
Joined
Jan 18, 2012
Messages
742
Nice report! I never did end up getting up this way to see if this way into the Fish Lake basin is easier/shorter like I was going to last Fall. The weekend I was supposed to go, my buddy canceled on me and then the weekend after that was the first big snowstorm. Gonna have to try for it this spring. Probably just do a dayhike or maybe an overnighter.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Andy back side of whiskey island Photography 0
scatman Carrington Island - March 26, 2022 Hiking & Camping 27
scatman Fremont Island - February 19, 2022 Hiking & Camping 29
scatman Frary Peak - Antelope Island - January 7, 2022 Hiking & Camping 21
WasatchWill Wolverine on Antelope Island General Discussion 0
IntrepidXJ Over the Edge: Island in the Sky Hiking & Camping 6
hikeer Beartooths - Island Lake to the Beaten Path Backpacking 21
Stephanie B Sand Island and Sand Dune Rock Art Hiking & Camping 1
SKLund Island in the Sky: Cheatin and I Know It Trip Planning 21
Burrito Winds - Pole Creek -> Lester Pass -> Island Lake / Titcomb -> Hobbs Backpacking 7
b.stark Island Lake/Titcomb Basin in July Backpacking 9
Tim Valentine Catalina Island West Side Everything Else 1
McKee80 Thousand Island Lake Loop Sept 7-10, 2017 Backpacking 12
scatman Antelope Island - The Southern Causeway Hiking & Camping 9
Perry Trying to decide: Clyde Lake Loop or Island Lake? Trip Planning 9
Seldom Seen Anderson Island Park? Trip Planning 5
Dirkules Good multi-day hike "Island in the Sky" - your recommendations?! Trip Planning 2
DrNed Canyonlands - Island In The Sky Hiking & Camping 12
AustinCronnelly Antelope Island- West Side Trail Hiking & Camping 8
blueeyes Island Park, ID to Elk Lake Lodge, MT Bikepacking Trip July 14-15 2015 Everything Else 12
Blake Merrell Wind River Trip - Day 5 - Island Lake Backpacking 6
Ben West Coast Trail, Pacific Rim NP, Vancouver Island Backpacking 19
ZubenElGenubi Ansel Adams Wilderness - Thousand Island Lake Backpacking 11
balzaccom Desolation Wilderness: Grouse, Hemlock, Smith, Twin and Island Lakes Backpacking 2
Blake Merrell Titcomb Basin, Fremont Peak, Indian Basin, Knifepoint Glacier, & Island Lake Backpacking 28
Bigred72 Invite: Island Lake, Uintas Meet Up (Members Only) 0
Udink Island Lake Loop Backpacking 4
Parma Pine Island Lake - Grandaddy Basin Backpacking 1
regehr Silver Island Canyon Road Hiking & Camping 2
IntrepidXJ Return to The Island Hiking & Camping 0
Vegan.Hiker Assateague Island National Park Backpacking 30
pixie1339 Antelope Island January 2015 Hiking & Camping 6
Kullaberg63 Vancouver Island coastal backpack Backpacking 3
Sarah Canyonlands: Hiking the Needles and Island in the Sky Hiking & Camping 6
Aldaron Vancouver Island Trip Planning 5
Nick Island Lake to Elkhart Park Backpacking 20
IntrepidXJ The Island Hiking & Camping 3
IntrepidXJ Island in the Sky Tour Everything Else 3
Cody Syncline-Taylor Loop, Island in the Sky Backpacking 10
Nick Weir & Island Lakes, Uintas Backpacking 16
IntrepidXJ Gray Canyon and the Island in the Sky Everything Else 4
Nick Hidden Lake, Island Park Area Hiking & Camping 0
Nick Stansbury Island, Great Salt Lake Hiking & Camping 2
Nick Island Lake Loop, Uintas Backpacking 6
Nick Island in the Sky, January 2012 Hiking & Camping 15
K Hello from the Salt Lake Valley Noobs: Introduce yourself! 2
J Lake Powell at 3528 feet General Discussion 1
WasatchWill WRHR: Day 5 - Camp Lake to Titcomb Basin Backpacking 15
WasatchWill WRHR: Day 4 - Halls Lake to Camp Lake Backpacking 17
WasatchWill WRHR: Day 3 - 'Desolation Valley' to Halls Lake Backpacking 15

Similar threads

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

Top