Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trekkin Tuesday's: Wall Lake

Have you ever been to a place where the only sounds you hear are the branches snapping under your feet, the steady rhythm of your breathing, the birds chirping in the trees, the sponge-like squishing sound of mud with each step, or the wind with its gradual strength that shakes the trees like a rattle?


Hiking to Wall Lake was just the place for this type of peace that brings these sounds to surface. Just me and the sounds of Mother Nature, what a beautiful thing.

Wall Lake is located in the Uinta Mountains, where I am hoping to get a lot more familiar with. The trailhead is about 25 miles past Kamas, Utah on Mirror Lake Highway. The drive is pretty long if you are coming from SLC, but it is worth it.

I started on the Crystal Lake trailhead, which gave me several side trips to smaller lakes along the way.  The trailhead is located at 10,000ft! Usually I am hiking up to a 10,000ft peak, so starting at this elevation seemed so strange. Talk about high elevation training, it is pretty ideal.


The hike itself is part of the Three Divide Lakes loop, which is saturated with high alpine lakes. I’m looking forward to hiking it next summer with Heinz when the weather is warm and we have a few days to really explore the area.

A few miles of easy hiking and it gets you to this:


  

Thoughts:

“I live my life in my own way.” – You can’t go around being what everyone wants you to be, living your life through other people’s rules, and expect to be happy and have inner peace. – W.W. Dyer