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Hope Lake & East Notch Mountain

Notch Mountain Trail

Uinta Mountains
Hiking & Backpacking

          The Notch Mountain Trail allows you to visit over a dozen high mountain lakes, several meadows and to climb through the famous "Notch". This is one of the most beautiful areas of the Uinta Mountains.

Circle of Friends:
          Notch Mountain Trail is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Wall Lake & Trial Lake as seen from Notch Mountain.

General Information:
          The Notch Mountain Trail is 9 miles from trailhead to trailhead. The route visits numerous lakes and climbs through a famous high mountain pass. The Notch Mountain Trail provides a day hike or and overnight backpack.

          The basic route can be completed in 5 to 6 hours. Exploring several spur trails to various lakes will require an additional 1 to 2 hours. All hikers in your party should carry a minimum of one liter of water. Water is plentiful in this area, but all water taken from lakes and streams should be filtered before drinking.

          The route contains no real obstacles. Experienced and intermediate hikers will have no problems with this route. Novice hikers will need to pay attention to their map and route description. The Notch Mountain Trail is rated 1 III using the Yosemite Decimal System. Navigation for this route is easy. A GPS is useful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills are helpful. It should be noted that due to new trail construction and trail realignment the USGS maps are not accurate in relation to trail location. The trails are correctly located on the map provided.

Sierra, Stormy and Shauna Backpacking. Sierra, Stormy and Ambush playing in the lake.

Fishing:
          Fish found in the Uintas include arctic grayling, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, golden trout and rainbow trout. A Utah State Fishing License is required to fish in the Uintas.

Trailhead Information:
          This trailhead is accessible to all vehicles. A vehicle shuttle is required for this route. Improved campgrounds are located nearby.

Wall Lake with Notch Mountain behind. Shauna, Sierra, Stormy & Shane.

Climbing Notch Mountain:
        
The summit of 11,263' East Notch Mountain and the summit of 11,258' West Notch Mountain can be climbed by the hardcore.


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