Hiking the Notch Lake Area
July 2010 - 54 photos
July 15th, 2010, we did another hike, Bill, Don, Judy, and me. Hiking the Western Uinta Mountains in the Mirror Lake region, this time along the Notch Mountain Trail. We started from the east end of the Notch Trail at the base of Bald Mountain. There were a number of lakes along the trail, the largest that we saw being Notch Lake. Had we continued for a few more miles, we might have found larger lakes.
It was a very beautiful area, with many medium size lakes and alpine ponds, and a number of open grassy meadows. The rest was woods of Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine. Some of the smaller un-named lakes off the trail were more interesting than the larger lakes. We didn't go all the way to Reids Lake. It was in a valley below us, but the view we had from the ridge above it was fantastic.
Notch Lake, The largest of these lakes, and the most visited. Probably about 2.25 miles from trailhead.
We went as far as Bench Lake and wanted to hike farther along the trail, but realized that it would take too long. Also from Bench lake on the trail dropped over a thousand feet, which we would have had to climb back up. We were all agreed that we should turn back.
The trailhead at Bald Mountain Pass is at 10,791 feet, and most of our hike was down hill from there. If that altitude number doesn't impress you, think of the fact that it is 1,000 feet higher than Ben Lomond mountain where I live in North Ogden. At our lowest point, we were still higher than Ben Lomond. I guess that's why the area is called the High Uintas. It was a fairly easy hike, until we turned around and had to hike back up. Not so much fun after we were tired.
Clegg Lake, the first of the mid sized lakes we found along the trail.
We have hiked this same trail from the other end up into the 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. Probably would leave a car at Trial Lake, and take another up to Bald Mountain, since the trail is about 10 miles long, with a change of 2,200 feet in altitude.
On this hike we walked 6.98 miles and changed altitude 610 feet in the total hike. Before doing the hike, I figured the distance to Bench Lake would be about 3 miles, and by GPS it was 3.24. The extra was walking out from the trail to see some of the other lakes.
Reid's Lake, one of the prettiest lakes we walked to, and is not along the trail.
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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 2012
Clegg Lake and More
More Uinta Hikes
My photos were taken with a small Canon Powershot, SX210, 14 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilazation and optical lens from wide angle to 14x zoom. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and lens assortment. Also Judy took some of the photos with her Canon Digital Reble Xti SLR, and assortment of lenses.
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