Visiting the Uintas Mountains

Visiting the Uintas Mountains

Utah Mountains Utah Uinta Mountains
Within the Uinta mountains Utah has several high peaks, the tallest reaching over 13,500 feet or over 4,000 meters. I would like to climb King’s peak one day which is the highest in the state and this mountain range or at least do an overnight camping trip. The mountains here are home to mountain lions, bears, different species of mountain goats and lots of other wildlife. These two mountains above show what is visible within Salt Lake City. The photo on the left was taken during the summer, while the photo on the right was taken in late Spring while there was still snow. In late April when I visited, most of the snow was melting away causing rivers to rise up to top of their banks.
Utah Uinta Mountains Creek Utah Uinta Mountains Creek
Uinta Mountains Utah Uinta Mountains Snow
Traveling from sea to mountains can be done in less than an hour in Utah. From the Salt Lake the Uinta mountains are only about 45 miles away and offer some great skiing and hiking. I attempted to reach a lake that stands in front of Sundial peak and began my hike at 6,000 feet in hot weather with a clear sky and intense sunlight. As I got higher, the terrain changed from blooming trees to patches of snow and ice.
Utah Uinta Mountains Winter Utah Uinta Mountains Snow Trail
I made my way up most of the way to sundial peak but as I got closer and closer it was obvious I was the only one on the trail and the snow was over a foot deep. Worse yet I had to pick someone up from the airport that day so I didn’t have the luxury of time to find the trail and continue on my mission. The month was April, and I felt like I had seen three seasons during this hike. Starting off in summer with hot weather then crossing into spring with cooler temperatures and blooming trees and ended up in deep snow snowy mountains.