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Four Lakes Basin

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Distance: 9.4 miles


Taking the Highline Trail in the Uintah Mountains, this trip is to the Four Lakes Basin. The area is accessible within one day, but has fewer visitors than Naturalist Basin.
  • 01 Clouds.JPG
  • 02 Near Rocky Sea Pass.jpg
  • 04 Jean and Dean Lakes.jpg
  • 05 Daynes Lake and Lion Mountain.jpg
  • 06 Fretful bird.jpg
  • 08 Elephant head flowers.jpg
  • 09 Dale Lake.jpg
  • 09 Dale Lake under ominous skies.jpg
  • 10 Mosquito netting and homemade tent.jpg
  • 11 Red Riding Hood.jpg
  • 12 Mount Hayden.jpg

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.

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