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Hiking Bourbon Lake - Western Uintas Hiking Bourbon Lake
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Overview


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RATING: Easy/Moderate Hike
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: WHITNEY RESERVOIR, UT
WATER: Filterable along most of the hike.
SEASON: Summer, Fall
Tue Hi:32 Lo:15 Wed Hi:31 Lo:21 Thu Hi:39 Lo:19 Fri Hi:37 Lo:22 Sat Hi:30 Lo:18
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This hike is almost the complete opposite to the very nearby Whiskey Island Lake hike. Unlike Whiskey Island Lake, the trailhead is reached by pavement, the trail is well marked, and well, the lake is popular. Don't let the popularity deter you; this is a beautiful lake tucked under a minor peak.

The hike feels steeper than the topo map would lead you to believe; however, there are a few lazy switchbacks along the way. Children should enjoy this one, as it will be within many of their abilities.

Note: Keep an eye out on the hike for moose, as we saw one a few feet from the trail on our visit. If you see one, be sure to give it plenty of space. Moose are big, powerful creatures that can be aggressive if they feel threatened.

Getting There

The trailhead is off of the Mirror Lake Highway at milepost 39. This is 39 miles out of Kamas, UT on UT-150. This is also about 39 miles south of Evanston Wy on the Mirror Lake Highway.

The trailhead is signed the Whiskey Creek Trail, and is on the opposite side of the road of the Sulphur Campground.


Route

From the Whiskey Creek Trailhead, the trail meanders up along Whiskey Creek. It passes a fenced area that protects the source of water for the campground near the trailhead. Continue up to a minor junction. Go right here, leaving the creek behind Left goes a short distance to a bench along Whiskey Creek and makes for a good break spot.

The trail continues gaining elevation before flattening a bit and passing a minor pond. Just past the small pond is the lovely Bourbon Lake. There are a few good camping spots around the lakeshore, making it an excellent short backpacking destination. Though there were many fishermen on the day we visited, I didn't see any with fish!


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 509613mE 4515207mN

N40° 47' 16" W110° 53' 10"

Jct - Right

12T 509368mE 4515110mN

N40° 47' 13" W110° 53' 20"

Bourbon Lake

12T 508611mE 4514863mN

N40° 47' 05" W110° 53' 53"

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