High Uintas Hiking Trails
5 miles. Bald Mountain — the best time investment you can make in High Uintas hikes. Just 2.5 miles of steep hiking puts you atop this well-known peak, where you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of four of Utah’s major watersheds.
Big Elk Lake
2.2 miles. You can pack extra gear into here. The hike is just a little over a mile one way, so bring the lawn chairs and float tube. There is a steep incline just before the lake, but otherwise it’s an easy hike.
5 miles. Here’s a campout to take the kids on. You’ll see plenty of small lakes along the way, and the trail has a good mix of uphill and level slopes.
7 miles. Island Lake sits high on the Provo River Drainage and can be reached fairly easily. The first mile is steep, and the last half mile is steep, but sandwiched between these sections is some easy and level hiking. The trail is quite popular among overnighters, so expect to see a few people, especially on weekends.
Lofty Lake Loop
4-mile loop. One of the most popular hikes in the Uinta Mountains thanks to a bounty of lakes, peaks, meadows and views while gaining about 1,000 feet. With only a little extra energy (for two quarter-mile legs and a few hundred feet) hikers can bag two summits in Lofty and Scout Peak.
North Erickson Lake
5.6 miles. There aren’t many lakes in the High Uintas capable of yielding trout as big as North Erickson Lake does while requiring such a short, easy hike.
Shingle Creek Trail
5.5 miles one way. A well-maintained trail through pristine terrain combining great mountain forest stretches with the scenic vistas that make the Uintas so popular. Allow at least a half-day. Also options to extend for backpacking. Fee area.