High Uintas Wilderness. The trail was only about 5 miles up to the lake with only 1500 feet or
so of elevation gain, so it wasn't too bad. We didn't see anybody at all on the trail until about
half a mile from the lake, where there were some guys camping. We had the whole lake to
ourselves, and that was really nice. The mosquitos were pretty bad, but our handy Thermacell
kept them at bay...that thing is really invaluable. Even though the printed map only showed
one lake, my GPS map showed a second lake about 1/4 mile away. So we headed cross
country to find that lake. It turned out to probably be an old lake, but now it was an open field.
So we just headed back and enjoyed the evening. I got up in the morning and hiked up the
ridge above the lake. I was hiking cross-country, but on my way back down I found a cairn
path...everywhere you go, someone has been there before. Then we decided to hike a loop
back out, by hiking cross country back to the Kabell Lake Trail and then to the Burnt Ridge
Trail. Well, we headed out cross country to the Kabell Lake Trail, and hit it with no problem
after about half a mile. Then we made it to the Burnt Ridge Trail, and started down it. That
trail was a little tough to keep up with at times, but for awhile we didn't have any problems.
Then, as the trail was going through a small field, we lost the path. And couldn't find it again.
Despite the fact the trail was mapped on my GPS, it just wasn't where the GPS said it would
be. So, we ended up hiking for an unplanned 3-4 miles cross country before intersecting back
up with the trail. That was actually a lot of fun, even though it was a little disconcerting to think
that if we got hurt or something then they'd ever find us. But with the GPS and some
knowledge on how to use it correctly, we didn't have any problems. We eventually hooked
back up with the trail and made it back out. The Burnt Ridge Trail wasn't very interesting,
though, and the Kabell Lake Trail was definitely better.