Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hiking to Bourbon Lake, Uintas

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Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Bourbon Lake sits at an elevation of 9,800 ft and offers a beautiful high alpine lake in the High Uintas Wilderness. This lake gets its name from the color of the lake - the deep amber color reflected against the surrounding cliffs creates an amazing reflection of yellow and golds. Hiking to Bourbon Lake is great for the whole family, since it is only 1.5 miles to the lake with only 600 ft elevation gain. You can camp across the road from the trail head at Sulphur Campground, then follow this short trail for some beautiful views. Bring a hammock and enjoy the scenery!


From SLC, use this map. The TH is located right across from the Sulphur Campground off the Mirror Lake Highway (on the West side of the road). If you reach the turn off for Christmas Meadows, you went too far.

Distance: 3 miles RT
Elevation gain: 597 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? There is no permit, but there is a $6 fee along the Mirror Lake Highway. You can purchase your pass at a ranger station when you enter the Uintas (just pass Kamas, UT), or purchase a pass at one of the several Self-Serve stations located along the highway. You can also use a National Park Pass or annual American Fork Pass to get in free!

Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 The trailhead is located on the West side of the road across from the Sulphur Campground. The parking lot can fit about 10 cars.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 Official TH sign.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 This trail is officially called The Whiskey Trail, which leads to Bourbon Lake.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 And the appropriately named, Whiskey Creek.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 The trail is never really steep - its always a gradual incline up several switchbacks.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 About a mile in, you'll have the first view of the cliff face where Bourbon Lake sits under. Only 1/2 mile to go!
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Copper, a Blue Tick Hound, bays at a squirrel he found in the tree! Check out this video of Copper baying in real life!

If you procrastinate have free time and love watching dog videos like me, check out this baby Bluetick hound baying! So stinking cute.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Hiking with the girls!

Everyone asks about mosquitos in the Uintas. Yes, they are bad! Always bring bug spray with you. The only spray I'll use is Ben's 100% Deet. You can find it at any outdoor store, Walmart, or even Amazon. I think Ben's works the best, but just make sure you don't rub your eyes after putting it on - trust me it stings! I also treat my clothes with Permetherin. You can buy this at Walmart for about $8 bottle. 
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Made it to the lake in 45 minutes at a casual hiking pace. It's so pretty and the dogs had such a good time swimming.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
 Kicking back in my Kroex Double Hammock.
Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Charlie swims after a stick in Bourbon Lake.

Overall I thought this was a really easy but pretty trail. It would be great for kids, older adults, and dogs.
Bourbon Lake via The Whiskey Trail trail map
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Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas



4 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I used to spend a lot of time in this area but oddly never took this hike. I'll have to add it to my list next time I'm up. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yeah, if you have about 2 hours in the Uintas, this is a great little hike! -Alicia

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  2. What fun! Love seeing Charlie swimming in the lake.

    I kept thinking of you today as we hiked to the summit of Maiden Peak in Olympic NP. I thought about all the peaks you've bagged and how cheery your post always sounds. I was using your strength as we first dropped 600 ft in .8 of a mile then regain it and another 900 ft over three miles. The problem was that we were either hiking fairly level or hiking steeply up. I really like gradual climbs. But we made it! You would have enjoyed this hike.

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    1. Wow, that is so awesome congrats on your summit! -Alicia

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