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Shingle Creek Trail

Uinta Mountains, Utah

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  • There is a large parking area at the trailhead. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Dogs love this trail.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • Small bridge crossing Shingle Creek. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Shingle Creek runs beside most of the trail and waters the wildflowers, low-lying grasses, and cornflower plants. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • There are so many great forks of Shingle Creek that harbor small grassy islands and meadows. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Views from the Shingle Creek Trail.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • Views from the Shingle Creek Trail.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • Views from the Shingle Creek Trail.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • A somewhat unstable bridge just before a steep section of the hike. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Views from the Shingle Creek Trail.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • Looking back down the main climb. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Trail runners.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • Views from the Shingle Creek Trail.- Shingle Creek Trail
  • Most the trail has a steady but not steep grade. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • The beautiful cornflower plant. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Turning around here makes the hike between 10 and 11 miles. You can connect to more trails with several lakes if you continue beyond this sign. - Shingle Creek Trail
  • Taking a short break on the way back down. - Shingle Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Creek running alongside most of the trail. Beautiful meadows to camp in.
Cons: 
Buggy. Several trees have fallen over the trail.
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Region:
Uinta Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
9,337.00 ft (2,845.92 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,676.00 ft (510.84 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback
Total Distance: 
10.60 mi (17.06 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,676.00 ft (510.84 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,661.00 ft (2,335.07 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Shingle Creek Trail is one of the first trailheads you come across when taking the Mirror Lake Highway into the western Uinta Mountains. Located on the left side of the road, a sign lets you know you are approaching the parking area and makes it hard to miss. This trail is a quintessential hike in the Uintas that includes a creek, large open meadows, wildflowers, a few bridges of varying quality, great wildlife, and you can even bring your dogs. This is a long hike, but it doesn't involve too many steep sections, just a slight upward grade with a few punctuated ascents. This trail is great for bringing a filter and getting your water along the way rather than having to bring carry it all; the creek runs along most of the hike.

Keep an eye out for moose, hummingbirds, deer, marmot and the occasional elk. Bugs can become a real problem here in the middle of summer. Get here before the hatch or you'll maybe not want to come back until mid-August or during the fall color change. There are a series of lakes about 6 miles up the trail, and you can even access Upper Setting Road near the top.

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