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Mount Watson - Uintas

Uinta Mountains

Mount Watson: 11,521'
1,700 feet elevation change
6 miles round trip.

We started this hike from the Teapot Lake pull-off. Which made the hike twice as far as it needed to be. I wanted to do some distance walking to get ready for Kings Peak at the end of August. I was up until 5:00 AM the previous night playing samba with a bunch of Brazilians and when I woke up I was so spaced out that I forgot to make a map... so I got my wish.

Teapot Lake seemed familiar to me so we started there. We just hiked cross-country through the trees, which wasn't that much harder than following a trail. There was no real bushwhacking, just a beautiful hike through a pristine alpine forest. We passed Star Lake, turned west, passed Wall Lake, then to Watson Lake, went up the southeast ridge to the summit, and then hung out until sunset. Then we had to walk all the way back. This was the hardest part, because it was dark, and hard to get a bearing on where we were. The route we took was at least 10 miles round trip.

During the whole hike, angry storm clouds swirled above us, I've never had any epic experiences with storms yet, so I challenged the clouds to prevent us from reaching the peak (If I would have started feeling static electricity, I would have turned back). But, instead the sky opened up for us and took out their anger on the hikers by Hayden Peak.

We were going to camp by Amethyst Lake by Ostler Peak, but at the last minute we decided to do a shorter route. I'm sure it would have been miserable hiking with a backpack in the rain, so I'm glad we went to Mount Watson.

The correct way there, (or the easiest way) is to go up highway 150 to the Trial Lake/Washington Lake/Crystal Lake turnoff going north from 150. Follow the signs to Crystal Lake. Park, then follow the Country Lakes Trail west, until you get to a trail that turns north or right to Cliff Lake . From this trail, you just got to improvise a route up to the massive peak to the northwest. You can go up the south ridge or the north ridge by Clyde Lake.


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Sunday, August 3, 2003

Mount Watson View

From the summit of Mount Watson looking north.
Kletting and A-1 Peaks are visible on the far left.
The "Notch" is visible near the end of the lakes.
Clyde Lake is visible in the bottom right.
Two of the Triple Divide lakes are visible, and one of the Twin Lakes are visible.
Moffit Peak is visible in the distance in the middle left of the image.


Reids and Bald Mountain

Looking northeast over Teapot Lake with Reids Peak and Bald Mountain.


Diamond Lake

Looking north over Diamond Lake with Notch Mountain in the Background.


Star Lake

Looking east over Star Lake toward Bald Mountain.



Chipmunk

With a special appearance by Squeeks Smithmunson.


Wall Lake

From just west of Wall Lake looking east, past the "Wall" toward Reids Peak.


Mount Watson

From west of Watson Lake looking up to the top of Mount Watson.


From Watson

Looking south to some unknown peak.
It looks like it would give you a killer view without too much work.




A brightly colored moth.


Mount Watson View

From the summit of Mount Watson looking east over the Trial Lake Area.
Notch Mountain, Reids Peak, Bald Mountain, Murdock Peak,
with the main cluster of the Uinta Mountains in the back.


Long Peak

Looking south over Long Peak to Island Peak.
In the distant background lies the Wasatch Mountains.
Left to right: Mill Canyon Peak, Box Elder Peak, Lone Peak, A.F. Twin Peaks,
eastern alpine ridge, Superior Peak, Sunrise and Twin Peaks.


Reids Bald Mountain

Reids Peak and Bald Mountain, Mount Agassiz is behind them.


Wall Lake View

The sun cracked through the clouds for just enough time to steal this morsel of eye candy.


Northern Wasatch

Gloria walking along Watson Peak in front of the northern Wasatch.


Pug Peak Bagger

Peak Baggin Pug doing her glamour shot on top.
Murdock Peak is visible in the upper right.


Jared Carson and Pug

There are some really well built chairs assembled on this peak.
Pug and Jared enjoying the light show to the east from their lazy boy rockliners.


Uinta Mountains

Looking East over Notch Mountain toward Kletting Peak, A-1 Peak,
Lamotte Peak (distance), Hayden Peak and Ostler Peak (behind Hayden).


Hayden Peak

Fiery Clouds dragging over the head of Hayden Peak.


A-1 Peak

A-1 Peak being swallowed by the storm.
In the foreground is Mount Marsell 11,340'.


The Notch & Clyde Lakes

Looking north through the Notch.
Triple Divide Lakes, Twin Lakes and Clyde Lake.



For a Print Map of this area:
Mount Watson Uintas Map




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Thanks to Gloria, Jared and Pug






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