This past weekend I went to the Uinta Mountains with my friends Lisa and Jon. We chose to backpack the Naturalist Basin trail that starts from the Mirror Lake Trailhead in the Uinta’s. It was a 13 mile out and back trail or a 16-18 mile loop (depending on how much you explore the lakes). We drove about 2 hours to the trailhead Saturday morning and started hiking around 10:30am. We hiked for about 5 hours and stopped to set up camp at Blue Lake along the loop. The first picture below was about 2 miles in where there was forest fire damage from last summer. It was crazy to see the aftermath in person. The first 6 miles of the trail had gradual elevation change, and last 2 miles were steep to get to the top where the lakes were. We camped 8 miles in and had the whole area to ourselves!
After setting up camp we explored the area and surrounding lakes. We got hit with a rain storm right after dinner, but it ended right when sunset started. We soaked that in and had a bonfire and stargazed to end the night. We were so exhausted from hiking and got a full nights sleep to rest up for the rest of the hike.
On Sunday we hiked the rest of the loop and saw about 5 more lakes and a few waterfalls! It was a beautiful area and I’m glad we did the whole loop hike. The hardest part was the last 2 miles that were a gradual uphill. We ended up hiking about 10 miles Sunday and we were so tired on the car ride home. But it was definitely worth the 18 mile hike for all of the beautiful views and lakes we saw! This was my favorite hike so far in the Uinta Mountains and I can’t wait to explore more!