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Naturalist Basin Lakes Tour

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Distance: 16.2 miles


July 12, 2009, loop hike of the lakes in Naturalist Basin in the Uintah Mountains.
  • 01 In the basin.JPG
  • 02 Looking up to Mount Agassiz.jpg
  • 03 Jordan Lake.jpg
  • 04 Spread Eagle Peak.jpg
  • 05 Mt. Agassiz.jpg
  • 06 Rocky Sea Pass.jpg
  • 07 Faxon Lake.jpg
  • 08 Stream crossing.jpg
  • 09 Faxon Lake from the west.jpg
  • 10 Alpine pond.jpg
  • 11 Snow fungus.jpg
  • 12 LeConte Lake.jpg
  • 13 The terracing of Naturalist Basin.jpg
  • 14 Outlet from Blue Lake.jpg
  • 15 Leaving the meadow and going home.jpg
  • 16 Nearly back to the car.jpg
  • 17 Scudder Lake.jpg

I wasn't able to do a full backpack, so I took the one available day and made a day hike out of it.  Starting point: trailhead near Butterfly Lake.  I followed the Highline Trail to Naturalist Basin, went past Evermann Lake and ate lunch at the shore of Jordan Lake.  then I did a loop of the rest of the basin lakes.  It was a gorgeous day.  Bugs were pretty bad in the more forested sections, but not in open areas.  Fortunately, there was also a breeze and spots of misty rain.

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