My friends Lexi, Brad, and I spent this past weekend hiking and camping in the Uinta Mountains. The changing leaves haven’t hit quite yet, but fall was in the air during the day and it dropped to almost freezing temps overnight. It was fun to spend one last weekend in the mountains before the snow hits and we can’t tent camp anymore. We tried two new hikes and even checked a peak off the bucket list.
We spent Friday exploring downtown Park City and stayed there with Lexi’s family so we could attend the hot air balloon festival early Saturday morning. We woke up early to get there before the crowds and see all of the balloons take off. It was a beautiful morning and Park City mountain was so pretty with all of the balloons floating in the sky! After the festival, we were on our way to the Unitas. about an hour drive away.
We got to the Uintas and found a camp site to set our tent up at before starting our first hike. It was a nice change of pace to camp at a campground instead of backpacking! We could have the luxury of being close to the car, cooking hot food on the grill, and having a built in fire pit. We did a 9 mile hike to Island Lake, off the Crystal lake trail head. There is about 1000 ft of elevation, so it was a relatively flat hike besides a few sections of up and down. We passed plenty of lakes along the way and the views were incredible!
After the hike, we went back to camp to set up the rest of our things, cook dinner, play games, and sit around the fire. It was a perfect night (besides the bees that kept swarming). We went to bed pretty early that night to rest up for our hike the next morning! We ate breakfast and packed up camp in the morning before driving to Bald Mountain. This trail is short but steep! Its about 3.5 miles round trip with 1000 ft of elevation. We took lots of breaks but the 360 views of the Unitas and surrounding lakes were beautiful. At the top we were at 12000 ft, so we could see parts of the Wasatch in the distance. We explored at the top and saw one mountain goat and a only a few other people on the trail. After the hike, we drove home to catch the Packer win over the Vikings! Overall it was an amazing trip and I’m so thankful for all of the places I got to see this summer!