There is a network of trails through the Uinta plateau that appears endless as it winds through decomposing peaks, arid stands of pine, and around calm mountain lakes. The drive is really shorter than I thought, having only visited from the WY side in the past. I'm certain there will be much more Uinta running in my future.
On this trip, we lacked an agenda and ran and explored as children, pointing out a lake or peak and then discovering its secrets. We sighted an aesthetic triangular mountain not far from the trailhead and decided to stand on top. Moving cross country, we gained its western ridge which we followed to the summit. On top, the lighting was piercing and sharp angular shadows were being thrown across the forests and lakes below. Our return route was the eastern ridge of our unknown peak, around the opposite side of a previously passed lake, and back to the car. En route, we couldn't help but stop and skip a few rocks on the glassy water but couldn't stay long as dusk and lengthening shadows chased us back to the trailhead.
|Jake and Joe enjoying some evening running in the Uintas|
|Nearing the summit|
|Looking SW toward the Wasatch. Timp and Provo Canyon are visible left of center.|
|Jake and Joe on the summit|
|Descending the eastern ridge of our unknown peak|
|Can't pass up a chance to skip rocks|
|Our little adventure (after looking it up, I believe this is East Long Peak above Long Lake)|