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Pine Valley Snowshoeing

Uinta Mountains, Utah

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  • A typical scene while snowshoeing along the river.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • Taking a break along the banks of the Provo River.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing through the Provo River floodplain.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • Melting snow creates a plethora of small ponds and creeks in the Provo River floodplain.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • The Provo River and its floodplain.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • The blue sticks on the edge of Pine Valley mark a cross-country ski trail that circles the meadow.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • The open meadow of Pine Valley.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • Crossing the North Fork of the Provo River.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
  • The North Fork of the Provo River seen from the bridge.- Pine Valley Snowshoeing
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique views. Solitude. Loop hike.
Cons: 
Can be dangerous during extended periods of warm weather.
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Region:
Uinta Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,513.00 ft (2,289.96 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Mirror Lake Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the United States. Due to large amounts of snow and low visitation numbers, only the first 14 miles of the road are plowed in the winter months. This excludes most of the big mountain terrain in the Uintas, though there are plenty of winter recreational opportunities off of the first 14 miles of the road for those who are willing to venture into the Uintas in the winter.

Pine Valley is roughly 11 miles up the highway and is a large, open meadow. This valley is a great place for winter recreationalists as it has a plowed parking lot and a bridge that crosses the North Fork of the Provo River.

From the parking lot, cross the bridge and enjoy the open views of Pine Valley. You will be able to see rolling forested mountains in all directions, and if you listen closely perhaps the coyote pack that lives across the Provo River will make some noise. This is a wild area. Skirt the left (east) side of the valley and quickly descend into the Provo River floodplain whenever possible. This will be a steep wall that gives you access to the flat floodplain that is truly a unique area.  

Walk the floodplain for a while heading west and enjoy the unique scenery, the big mounds of frozen marsh plants, and the trickling of the Provo River through its thick coat of ice. This area is truly sublime. Walk this area in the spring (March through May) and you will be treated to a firsthand show of the raw powers of nature. Melting snow from all over funnels down to the river, creating strong temporary creeks and numerous ponds. This is perhaps the most unique time of year to do this hike.

Once you have your river fix, climb out of the floodplain and finish the loop through the big open meadow that is Pine Valley. Please note that if you are here during warm weather, tread carefully while hiking near the Provo River!

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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