Explore Grandaddy Basin

Utah Grandaddy Lake Trail

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  • Over twenty lakes within a two-mile radius
  • 6.4 mile out and back trail
  • Duration: 2-3 hours to hike one-way

Grandaddy Lake is the largest lake in the High Unitas. While Grandaddy Lake can have plenty of hikers, there are over twenty lakes within a two-hour hike within the Grandaddy Basin. Most hikers don’t go beyond Grandaddy lake, making the area a fantastic area to explore and camp. Elevation in the basin ranges from 10,000 - 10,500 feet. This basin is one of the greenest and most beautiful parts of the Uintas.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Food
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Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking

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Spring, Summer, Autumn




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25 days ago

Grandaddy Basin Is Magical

First time venturing to Grandaddy basin, and it was amazing. I decided to try and fit in one last hike before the snow really hits. So I headed on up to Grandview trailhead 9-30-16. The hike itself wasn't too difficult at all. The first portion was the steepest/rockiest. Once you get up to the top of Hades Pass it's a fairly easy trail. At least for the parts of the trail I got to explore. I made it to Grandaddy, Betsy, Mohawk and Lodgepole. And all the other un-named lakes in that general area. This part of the year you never know what you're going to get for weather. Especially in the Uintas. I got to the top of hades pass at about 9:30 am. There was a low hanging cloud that covered pretty much the whole basin, but was high enough to see all of the basin as well. Made for some sweet pics. I did luck out tho. It only rained as I was heading back, at about 3:30pm. All the lakes that I mentioned were no more than 30 min from Grandaddy at the most. Each had their own unique feel to them. I liked Betsy lake the most. I put up my hammock and chilled there for a good hour or so before exploring the others. Wish I had the time to have made this a two or three day trip so i could explore the rest of Grandaddy basin. The parts I did get to were pretty awesome tho. I also lucked out on crowds as well. This is a great time of year to go if you want to avoid all the crowds from earlier in the summer. I was literally the only one there. At least starting from the grandview trailhead.

25 days ago

5 months ago

Great Fishing

This is so fun and the fishing is awesome

5 months ago

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