Day hike to Wall Lake Uinta Mountains
At Mountain Home Real Estate Company, our goal is more than just helping you discover real estate in Park City. We also want to share all the fantastic recreational opportunities we have as well. Through the Mountain Home Blog, we will do exactly that.
One of the great things about owning Park City Real Estate is the access you get; not only the local ski resorts but all of the incredible side trips within just a few hours. Today’s hike is an area called Wall Lake in the Uinta mountain range. The Uinta mountain’s are one my favorite areas to go backpacking and hiking in the summer months. A quick one hour drive from Park City will take you to this incredible place. The Uinta’s are the only mountain range in the US that runs east-west. Visit here to learn more about below the Uinta ’s
First and foremost, how do you get to the Uinta’s? When leaving Park City, take Hwy 248 (Kearns Blvd) out of town. You will stay on this until you reach the town of Kamas. Hwy 248 dead ends into Hwy 32 at the traffic light. Turn left at traffic light onto Hwy 32 and go two blocks. You are looking for Hwy 150, also referred to as Mirror Lake Highway. Turn right onto Hwy 150 and drive approximately 27 miles until you reach the turn off for the Trial Lake Campground. Make a left here and follow signs for Crystal Lake Trailhead. DO NOT turn right into Trail Lake Campground stay straight on road. Your next right is for Washington Lake Campground, turn right here and follow road back until you reach a parking lot. The parking area for the trail head has bathrooms and can hold about 50 cars or so. Don’t let all these directions scare you away it is quite easy to find and only about an hour away from Park City. Here are some Google Map directions from Park City to Trial Lake Campground.
The Wall Lake hike starts on the right side of the parking lot. (Note: there are two trails leaving the parking area, you want the one that states Wall Lake 1 mile, not the sign heading towards Long Lake or Island Lake) Once on the trail, it’s a quick one mile hike up to Wall Lake. The trail is more of a rolling trail, so it’s not too bad on the climb up to the lake. Keep in mind that you are at 10,000 ft above sea level, so it will get you breathing! Once at Wall Lake there are camp sites if you want to overnight. Check out our local partner’s trip report from UtahOutside.com.
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All in all, Wall Lake is a great entry level hike in the Uinta mountain range. Remember, the Uinta’s rise up to 13,000ft so even though it might be 80-90 degrees in Park City it is not uncommon for afternoon thunderstorms to bring temps down into the 30’s and 40’s. Bring warm clothes just in case! Below, I have a few pictures of Wall Lake from our hike.
As always if you have any Park City real estate questions or would like to join me on any hikes or bike rides in the area please feel free to contact me!
See you out on the trails soon!