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Western Uintas

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Western Uintas

Overview

RATING: Easy Hike
MAPS: Mirror Lake, UT;

Sun

Sunny. High near 47, with temperatures falling to around 43 in the afternoon. South wind around 13 mph.

47 | 29

Mon

A chance of snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West southwest wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

39 | 25

Tue

A slight chance of snow showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

42 | 25

Wed

A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

43 | 25

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

45 | 24

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Filterable at the lake.

Sun

Sunny. High near 47, with temperatures falling to around 43 in the afternoon. South wind around 13 mph.

47 | 29

Mon

A chance of snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West southwest wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

39 | 25

Tue

A slight chance of snow showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

42 | 25

Wed

A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

43 | 25

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

45 | 24

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Crystal Lake in the Uinta Mountains

Crystal Lake in the Uinta Mountains

At less than 0.25 miles, this is a family friendly roadside lake that is accessible to most everyone. On our visit, there were many families playing along the shoreline and setting up inflatable boats for an afternoon of lounging on the lake. Tucked near the scenic base of Mount Watson, the popularity is well deserved. This is a great family and dog-friendly destination close to the car.

Ryan and Abby hanging out in the shade.

Ryan and Abby hanging out in the shade.

Getting There

Note: The Mirror Lake highway that is used to access this hike is closed in the winter. The gate is typically open from Memorial Day until late October, but if planning this hike on the shoulder season, call the forest service to see if it is open. ((801) 466-6411)

The trailhead is the Crystal Lake Trailhead off the Mirror Lake highway. This is at milepost 25.5, which is 25.5 from Kamas Utah on highway 150 or about 52 miles south of Evanston Wyoming on Highway 150. The trail will likely be very snowy until late June in most years.

At milepost 25.5, turn left onto the paved road signed from Trial Lake and Crystal Lake Trailhead. Stay left a short distance from the highway, but take the second right 0.7 miles from the highway. Follow this 0.5 miles to its end at the Crystal Lake Trailhead.

The trailhead has a pit toilet and a large parking. There are also several campgrounds in the area.

Mount Watson from Crystal Lake

Mount Watson from Crystal Lake

Wonderdog enjoying the lake.

Wonderdog enjoying the lake.

Route

From the parking area, follow the unsigned trail that starts on the left of the bathroom. You may notice a junction a couple of minutes from the restroom. If so, go right. The lake is reached within 5 minutes of the trailhead.

The peak to the west/north that dominates the view is Mount Watson.

There are many big logs along the shore that make for great places to sit, picnic, and enjoy the day. No fisherman on the day we visited, which makes me wonder how good the fishing is.


Photos

Maps

Route / 0.28 miles / Elevation Range 10,023 - 10,037 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 503098mE 4503415mN

N40° 40' 54" W110° 57' 48"

Lake

12T 502935mE 4503373mN

N40° 40' 52" W110° 57' 55"

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