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Lily Lake & Mount Watson

Wall Lake Loop

Uinta Mountains
Hiking & Backpacking

          The Wall Lake Loop hike provides access to 18 scenic lakes and several high mountain peaks. The entire route is dominated by the shadow of 11, 527' Mount Watson. This is an ideal trail for the beginning backpacker or day hiker. Fishermen will also profit from the information presented. Several route options are provided that allow you to tailor your adventure to suit your needs, time and skill level.

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

Circle of Friends:
          Wall Lake Loop 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"

Stormy & Sierra on the trail. Adult beverage cooling in a mountain lake.

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

          The basic loop hike can be completed in 3 to 4 hours. Exploring all the spur trails to the various lakes will require an additional 1 to 2 hours. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this loop 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. The Wall Lake Loop hike 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.

Watson Lake

          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.

Watson Lake & Mount Watson. Petit Lake & Mount Watson

Climbing Mount Watson:
The summit of 11,527' Mount Watson can be climbed by the hardcore.

Related Link:
Lost in the Uintas - The Tale of Two Hikers

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