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Old 12-01-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Here's a belated report of a 250-mile afternoon drive through the Uinta Mountains and parts of northern Utah we took in September. The Uintas are just 30 miles from out home in Wyoming. My wife and I decided to take a picnic lunch into the mountains before the bad weather hit. The day after these pictures were taken it snowed. The Mirror Lake Road (Scenic Byway 150) through the mountains was closed the next week. Our hour lunch for a picnic turned into a six-hour drive through gorgeous countryside. I was so enthralled with the beauty I forgot to take pictures of most of it.

Provo River Falls






It was very cold that day. We had our picnic in the Sportsmobile.


Fall colors. Most of the leaves were already gone. I wish I had a better camera.








Strawberry Pinnacles off Highway 40 near Starvation Reservoir




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Old 12-01-2014, 01:17 PM   #2
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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Nice pics - looks beautiful.
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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Mac, looks like a fabulous time for a one day trip. Someday I'll see that area. Nice pictures and report.
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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Looks great Mac and the pictures came out fantastic IMO. I drove right by that area a few years back coming back from Yellowstone and never knew it was there. Thanks.
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Nice fall colours, thanks for sharing this report
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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Very nice Mac, added it to my list! I was close, down on Hwy 6, not too long ago.

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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Awesome!
My brother lives near there and backpacks that area frequently. Its on my list...
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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

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Awesome!
My brother lives near there and backpacks that area frequently. Its on my list...
When I was a kid, I used to ride my 10-speed bicycle from Evanston up into the Uintas. I would chain lock my bike to a tree and then backpack into the Uinta Wilderness Area to camp and fish for a couple of days. It was great back then. But now I look back and realize how dangerous that was since no one ever knew which trail I might take. I never knew until I got there.

I also used to explore alone inside the abandoned Almy coal mines near Evanston when I was a kid. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almy,_Wyoming) Again, I'd ride my bike the six miles out of town, chain it to a fence post, and then explore any of the 30 or more open mine tunnels. Inside I would find mine cars, lanterns, tools, empty boxes, and all sorts of treasures. I explored those mines many times over several years. And each time I did, I was alone and no one knew which tunnel I had entered. Sometimes I would go back many thousands of feet through various branches of the tunnels.

I guess kids were more durable back then because no one ever seemed to worry about me. And, of course, I never worried about getting hurt. And I survived! I wonder if we really need to be as protective of our kids today as some seem to think? But we do live in a different world!
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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

Some good fall color and places that are close by, but have never been to. I just got back from exploring southeastern Utah and now I need to find time to explore northeastern Utah.
Always enjoy reading your trip reports. Thanks

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Re: Fall Trip Through the Uinta Mountains of Utah

I too spent a lot of time in the Uinta Mountains, hunting and exploring. Beautiful country and a place I often consider as a second home location some day.
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