Northern Utah

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Overview

Northern Utah is home to world famous skiing in the winter, and some amazing hiking, climbing, and other adventures in the summer. Most adventures are within a 1 to 3 hour drive of Salt Lake City, making them very accessible to a large number of people. These are more scattered in Northern Utah away from the Wasatch Front.
Be sure to check out the Wasatch Front area if looking for hikes and outings near the Wasatch Front.

Uinta Mountains

East of the Wasatch, on the Wyoming and Utah border, are the Uinta Mountains. These mountains are an often overlooked jewel in Utah. Trailheads are generally high, meaning quick and easy access into the high country. Trails often also have relatively gradual ascents, at least when compared to Wasatch Front trails. Though trails near the main paved roads, such as Mirror Lake Highway, tend to be busy in the summer, once a few miles from pavement the crowds ease substantially. The range is home to Kings Peak , Utah's highest point as well as many 12,000+ peaks. This is a great place to backpack in, spend a few days at a lake, and bag some peaks nearby.

Dispersed camping is easy in the Uinta Mountains as long as you are off the main highways. Many campgrounds are also great for camping, but those near the Mirror Lake Highway can fill up early and be difficult to find a spot at. In dispersed camping, please do not create new fire rings or spots. There are plenty of spots already available with a little looking around.

Notes:

  • Fire bans are often in effect in dry times in the Uinta's check with the forest service for any current bans.
  • A use fee is required in the Uinta's. Passes can be purchased at self service kiosks along the Mirror Lake Highway. The fee is currently:
    • 1-3 Days -- $6.00 (current as of 2016).
    • 7-Days -- $12.00
    • Annual -- $45.00
  • Bugs can be bad in spring and summer. Bug spray recommended.

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