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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

Camping Spots
There are some that are preestablished

Must be a 1/2 mile from any water source

Pine Island Lake
80 acres

Good Fishing

American Bistort

Trail leaving pine island lake

Governor Dern Lake

Governor Dern Lake

Indian Paintbrush


Lily Pad Lake

to shallow for fishing

Mount Agassiz

near Governor Dern Lake

Grandaddy 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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