HIKING TO NOTCH PASS
July 2011 - 72 photos
On Saturday the 30th of July, a few of us got together for another hike. I invited a number of people to go with us, and at one time it looked like we would have 10 going, but in the end we were down to 6. It's always difficult to get everyone together on the same day. This time we had Cheryl, Judy, Marlene, Scott, Bill, and me.
We decided to hike around Wall Lake in the Western Uinta Mountains as it is not a very difficult hike, and passes by many lakes. It's possible to see as many as 24 lakes on this one hike, and many smaller ponds.
This is Wall Lake as seen from the top of the cliff wall it was named for.
When we got up to the parking area between Washington Lake and Trial Lake, it was full to overflowing. The road in and out was posted 'No Parking', and a ranger there told us we could park in the lower 'Overflow Parking', about a mile down the road. This added a bit more distance to the hike, and a few more hundred feet in altitude. No one complained, so we parked the car down lower and started up the trail past Washington Lake, which is the largest in that area, then on to the Lakes Country Trail past Crystal Lake.
At the trail junction marked 'Cliff Lake', we took the Clyde Lake Trail going off to the right. We hiked past a number of lakes at the base of Mount Watson up to Clyde Lake where we ate lunch, then went cross country to see the Three Divide Lakes, James Lake, John Lake and others. From there we hiked up a large wide ledge that runs up into the Notch of Notch Mountain. We didn't go down the other side of the Notch, but took the Notch Mountain trail back south for our return to the car. On the way down we passed Hope Lake, Wall Lake, and went between East and West Lily Lakes.
We walked a distance of 8.7 miles, climbing about 950 feet. A bit more than the expected 6.4 miles and 650 feet we usually do for this hike. Looking at the included map, we started out where that orange circle is. We were supposed to start up where it says Crystal Lake Trailhead.
We actually did part of this hike a little different than on previous hikes in the area. After passing Pitete Lake we took a side trail over to the top of the cliffs above Wall Lake. It wasn't intentional, we somehow didn't notice that we had changed trails. I am glad we did though, as I had wanted to see Wall Lake from the top of those cliffs. The bad part was rather than go back the way we came, we decided to climb up through some rough and steep country to get back on the main trail. Because of this little side trip, we missed Linear Lake and Watson Lake.
Ice and snow are thick at cave Lake, Wall Lake below.
We all were sore and tired by the end of the day, but everyone seemed to enjoy the sights and beauty along the trail. The day was partly cloudy, and not too hot. It was rather delightful in fact. We saw more people along the trail than I have seen before, most returning from overnight camping. Occasionally we saw a deer here and there along the way, but most often it would disappear into the trees before we could capture a picture. Judy did get one picture, then at the end of the day we had another chance as we were driving away from the parking area.
I really like this hike, and have hiked it 6 times now. I have many photos of these lakes presented on my webpages already. I apologize for posting so many photos from these hikes, but out of the many hundreds that we take, it's hard to throw out so many good photos.
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All lined up, the Twin Lakes, Wall Lake, and Trial Lake.
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To get to the Trial Lake area, take SR 150 from Kamas Utah, or Evanston Wyoming, going towards Mirror Lake. A few miles south of Bald Mountain Pass, and just up hill from Provo Falls, the road makes a large half circle turn. In the middle of this turn is a side road leading to Trial Lake. After turning off SR 150, don't turn right for Trial Lake, but go farther up the hill and take the second right to the parking lot for Crystal Lake Trailhead. The Notch Mountain Trailhead is from the same parking lot. The Clyde Lake trail, marked 'Cliff Lake', starts a little down the Crystal Lake trail, also labeled 'Lakes Country Trail'.
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We have hiked Clyde Lake and Notch Mountain loop often,
so there are many related hike pages included here
Notch Mountain, 2013
Notch Mountain, 2010
Notch Mountain, 2009
Notch Mountain, 2000
Clyde Lake, 2004
Mount Watson, 2005
Notch Mountain, 2014
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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