I live in Utah. I love camping. With that said, some people find it strange that until this weekend, I’d never been to the Uintahs. Of course, I didn’t grow up here, and just now have had the chance to really get out a bit more. So this weekend my neighbor and I headed out to the Uintah mountains to the Grandaddy Basin.
The hike out, over Hades Pass, was 4 miles, and I had been told quite difficult. Well, not really. Was a lot easier than expected, which let us spend a bit of extra time finding a great camping spot. We had heard the area was a popular spot, so we were a bit worried about seeing too many people, especially on a holiday weekend. Instead we were pleased to have only about 4 groups total in the area, which led to an overall very private weekend.
The Grandaddy basin is quite a nice area. After leaving the oppressive Utah summer heat it felt great to be surrounded by trees, and numerous lakes and ponds. Spending time wandering in the forests I couldn’t help but keep finding nice water pools and meadows. Nights were brisk, another enjoyable thing, but the fishing was extremely slow for various reasons.
As a geek, it’s extremely nice to be able to completely just get away, to spend a weekend scrounging around in the dirt, and just having fun. I’ll definitely be heading back to this area, and hopefully bringing my family as the kids get a little older. There are lots of fish (normally biting), lots of big and tiny lakes, short hikes, easy distance. It’s just a great location.