|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
It is about 9 miles from parking lot to campsite. The terrain is mostly flat, with a significant uphill section before Carolyn Lake. The ground in the basin is rocky, so camping sites were hard to find until I moved down from the pass. There were several excellent sites in a stand of trees between Dale and Daynes Lake. My favorite moment of the trip was July 26, Sunday morning. I was playing my flute while boiling water for breakfast. Immediately upon stopping, first one coyote and then several gave me a chorus. It was beautiful. By the way, July 24th is a state holiday in Utah. So the mountains--especially Naturalist Basin--were crowded with hordes of people. But once I angled south from the trail to Rocky Sea Pass, I didn't see another soul.
One more note about hordes: mosquitoes. I made a little net from no-see-um netting (leftovers from my homemade bivy project), hot-glued two pieces of Velcro, and just slipped this under my hat. It worked great. Whenever there was no breeze, I would slip it on and be at peace.