Map). We had tried to hike here a couple of times in the spring, but there was always too
much snow. I didn't want to hike it in the summer, because it's a very crowded trail. The
forecast was calling for storms this weekend, though, and I was hoping it was late enough in
the year to keep the crowds back. Well, we got to the trailhead, and there were close to 20
cars there. I almost called it off. But Tracy convinced me to give it a shot, so we headed in.
We actually saw very few people. I'm not even sure where all those people from the trailhead
were, but we didn't see very many at all. In fact, we saw two groups leaving, and after that we
only saw two couples that were in the basin. We camped at Evermann Lake, and had the
whole lake all to ourselves.
The hike was very easy, and the basin was pretty, but it wasn't anything spectacular by Uinta
standards. Basically, it looked like about any other basin in the Uintas, we thought. I'm sure
it's popular because of how close the trailhead is to Salt Lake, how easy it is to get to the
trailhead, and how easy the trail was. I'm glad we did the hike so I can mark it off the list, but it
wasn't anything worth risking the people for future hikes. On the plus side, while the forecast
kept people away, it stormed all around us, but it never hit us!