Clegg Lake and More
July 2012 - 67 photos
On July 12th of 2012 we did another hike in the Uinta's. Me, Cheryl, Marlene, Bill, Larry, Jack, and Thomas. We decided to take the Notch Mountain Trail from Bald Mountain into Bench Lake and back. Along the way we visited Clegg Lake, Dean Lake, Notch Lake, Reid's Lake, Bench Lake, and many other unnamed lakes and ponds. When we were up on Bald Mountain the week before, this was an area right below us that we admired and wanted to check out. Bill and I had been on this trail two years ago, but the rest had not hiked this area before.
We left the trail a number of times, to check out some lakes and ponds not close to the trail. Sometimes those are the most beautiful lakes we find. I'll let you be the judge of that, when you see the pictures.
This hike was down hill going in, dropping 510 feet, so meant hiking up hill on the way back, something we don't really care for when tired. But things can't always be the way we like. The beautiful country we saw doing the hike makes a little discomfort worth it. Our total hike distance was 8.5 miles.
Clegg Lake, the first of the mid sized lakes we found along the trail.
The day started out very nice, but it clouded up and in the early afternoon we had some light hail, then light rain for about 15 minutes. Wasn't enough to really get wet, but we didn't like all the thunder we could hear around us. It wasn't directly overhead though, sounding like it was up in the peaks around the area.
On that same day a hiker was hit by lightning later in the day, about 20 miles northeast of where we were.
Notch Lake, The largest of these lakes, and the most visited. Probably about 2.4 miles from trailhead.
The notch you see in the picture above, is the notch that Notch Lake was named for, and although that is Notch Mountain, the much larger notch can't be seen here. It is behind this part of the mountain, and is the actual Notch which the mountain was named for, also Notch Trail goes up though the one you can't see. (See Map)
We have hiked this same trail from the west end up into the other notch, and maybe some day we will hike the full length of the Notch Mountain Trail, running from Bald Mountain down hill to the northwest and then southwest up through the notch and down to Trial Lake. We would only do it one way, as the trail is about 10 miles long, with a change of 2,200 feet in altitude.
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Reid's Lake, one of the prettiest lakes we walked to, but is off the trail a ways.
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The east end of Notch Mountain Trail starts at the Bald Mountain Trailhead, with a parking lot and pit toilets. It is located at the highest point along the Mirror Lake Senic Highway, SR 150, about 29 miles east of Kamas Utah.
Take the trail to the left, not the main trail going up to Bald Mountain. That hike is also located on my web pages.
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We also hiked to these same lakes in 2010
Notch Lake Trail
More Uinta Hikes
I used my new Canon EOS 60D on this hike, using a 17mm wide angle to 85mm telephoto lens. This is a semi-professional camera with 18 megapixels of resolution. I also used a Canon EF 70-300mm IS Telephoto for close ups. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and lens assortment.
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