Grandaddy Basin | Uintas Hiking
There are are numerous trails in the Grandaddy Lake area, including many variations of this hike. The 170-acre Grandaddy Lake is one of the largest of the Uintas lakes and features over 20 other lakes within a 2-hour distance.
16.1 Miles | Loop | Moderate
940 ft. gain | Overnight | Not Dog Friendly
High Uintas Wilderness Area | Near Heber and Duchesne, UT
There are some that are preestablished
Must be a 1/2 mile from any water source
Pine Island Lake
Trail leaving pine island lake
Governor Dern Lake
Governor Dern Lake
Lily Pad Lake
to shallow for fishing
near Governor Dern Lake
170 acres | cutthroat and brook trout
This is a wondrous hike that weaves in between so many beautiful lakes and, so many, meaning thousands. Where there aren’t lakes you can find far stretching meadows. The hike will weave you through tall trees and open spaces. When you stray off the trail, you’ll notice moist and marshy terrain. There are running creeks, ponds, lakes, marshes, and puddles. Some of these will go unseen because of their reflection quality. They just blend right in. If you’re an admirer of reflections, this is your place. When these lakes reflect their surroundings it creates quite the beautiful dimension.
Tip: Bring your fishing gear!
This is a popular hike for fisherman. Many of the lakes are full of fish but certain areas will feature less competition and more scenic views. While the first portion of the hike is quite popular, once you get up past Grandaddy Lake the amount of people you see will start to drop off, and you’ll feel like you have it to yourself. I’ve been once during the busy season and once out of season and I loved both times. Grandaddy Lake is the biggest lake and houses cutthroat and brook trout. There are many lakes beyond Grandaddy that are great for fishing. Island Pine Lake is one of the best for fishing. Rangers are common to be up there since it’s so popular so if you are fishing make sure to bring your license.
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