Six Cuberant Lakes
September 2011 - 72 photos
On Friday the 2nd of Sept, a few of us got together for another hike. We had been talking about going up to check out the other lakes in the Cuberant Lake region. Last year we attempted this hike after doing a circle hike up to Lofty Lake, by way of Picturesque Lake, Scout Lake, and Kamas Lake. We were quite tired by the time we thought of going to Cuberant Lake, but decided to hike over to it anyway, two miles off to the west of the trail we were on. Turned out to be one hard trip over and back. Later on when I was looking at some maps, I realized there were more lakes up in that region, and checking it on the internet I discovered that they are called the Seven Cuberant Lakes. They are roughly set in a big circle.
The largest of the Cuberant Lakes, but only about half of it in this picture.
We decided to check them out, at least six of them. One of the lakes was off to the side and 400 feet lower, so we decided to skip that one. I figured the hike would be about 7.5 miles without including it. I put out the word we were going, and got back a pretty good response, six wanted to go this time. Bill, Judy, Marlene, Scott, and Don, plus me. We parked at the Pass Lake trailhead at 9:00 AM and were soon on our way. We took the trail west that goes down from the headwaters of the Weber River, then a side trail going north up to Kamas and Lofty Lakes. Part way up that trail we came to the Cuberant Lakes junction and turned west again. This trail is mostly through fairly flat country, but in one place the trail climbs up over a saddle on the side of Mount Marsell. It is a steep climb of about 300 feet, then back down into a valley on the other side. I have always wondered if there were another way to go around this, and in looking at maps and satellite views, it seemed there might be. Along the base of the mountain, were some ponds as well that I wanted to check out. Judy agreed to go with me, none of the rest were interested and stayed with the trail. Judy and I found those ponds, and a bit farther on we found a steep ravine that came down from the area of the Cuberant Lakes. There was a game trail the deer use, that was fairly easy to traverse, so we used it. We found a way around climbing that saddle, but it was still quite a climb, because after leaving the others we had been going down hill. We soon reached the meadow on the far side of the saddle and waited for the others. Is it worth using as a better way? Probably not, it's longer and still quite a climb.
This is one of the medium sized Cuberant Lakes, but the first along the trail.
When we were all back together we started our walk around the six lakes. The lake that is at the highest altitude (10,400 feet) is the largest of them, labeled on my map as Cuberant Lake #1, but right below it along the trail we passed by a medium sized lake, labeled #2. (the picture above), When we reached Cuberant #1, ( first picture), we walked along the south side going west, which was a long walk. We found a very nice large green meadow at the west end. Then using my GPS we descended back down the valley past 4 more lakes.
On the return trip we all went up over the saddle ridge, but back at the trail junction, I wanted to try finding a shortcut back to the car. According to the map it would be fairly level all the way across, and shorter. Scott and Don agreed to go with me. Bill took Judy and Marlene back along the trail. Using my GPS we did find a reasonably flat way straight back to the car, and it was mostly free of rocks, though we did have to climb over a few dead trees. There were even some nice meadows and a few ponds along the way. Is this a better route than the trail? I say yes, and will go that way if we do a future hike there.
This was the third Lake we visited, a smaller one, but probably the prettiest.
We decided the hike into the Cuberant Lakes was well worth the walk, although all of us were very tired by the end of the day. We had a nice day for the hike, with moderate temperature and clear day, almost cloudless. We walked 7.5 miles, climbing a total of 643 feet.
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The trailhead for this hike is called the Pass Lake Trailhead, located just a little north of Pass Lake. Trails from this parking lot branch in several directions. The northern branch can be hiked as a loop (about 4 miles), passing Picturesque, Scout, Lofty, and Kamas lakes. The southernmost trail parallels the Weber River. The center trail goes to Cuberant Lake, about 3 miles. To get to this Trailhead, take SR 150 from Kamas Utah, or Evanston Wyoming, going towards Mirror Lake. A few miles north of Bald Mountain Pass, just past Pass Lake, at mile marker 32, the trailhead is on the left side of the road at a parking lot set back in behind the trees along SR 150. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead. From Kamas, Utah take Highway 150 north for 32.2 miles, or from Evanston, Wyoming follow Highway 150 south for 44.8 miles watching for mile marker 32, and the Pass Lake Trailhead sign.
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We also hiked to Cuberant Lakes in 2010
Lofty Lake and More
More Uinta Hikes
I used a small Canon Powershot, SX210, 14 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilazation and optical lens from wide angle to 14x zoom. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and lens assortment. Also Judy took some of the photos with her Canon Digital Rebel Xti SLR, and assortment of lenses.
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