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Haystack Lake & 10',985 Haystack Mountain

Shadow Lake

Uinta Mountains
Hiking & Backpacking

          The Shadow Lake hike provides access to half a dozen scenic lakes and sequestered fishing holes. The entire route is dominated by the shadow of 10,985' Haystack Mountain. This is an ideal trail for the beginning backpacker or day hiker. Several route options are presented that allow you to tailor your adventure to suit your needs, time and skill level.

          The hike from the trailhead to Shadow Lake is very child friendly, allowing kids a chance to explore the lakes and mountains without any substantial elevation gain.

Circle of Friends:
          Shadow Lake 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"

Rock Lake Azure Lake & 10,985' Haystack Mountain

General Information:
          The Shadow Lake hike is an adventure the entire family can enjoy with options for the experienced hiker. The route visits a large variety of lakes, meadows and streams. The Shadow Lake area offers a great introduction to overnight backpacking and with adult supervision is a very child friendly region.

          The basic hike can be completed in 2 to 3 hours. Exploring all the routes to the various lakes will require an additional 1 to 2 hours. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route. 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. 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.

Washington Lake & 11,521' Mount Watson

          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. Improved campgrounds are located nearby.

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