We found this sign at about 5 miles into the trail.
It was at the turn off from the Highline Trail to Naturalist Basin.
You can tell from the broken glass, that this had probably angered a few Kamas locals.
It would have been useful information at the Butterfly trailhead.
I heard the reason was the wood was getting scarce in Naturalist Basin.
From around 3 miles into the west end of the Highline Trail
looking northeast toward Agassiz Peak.
From near the turnoff to Packard Lake,
Looking northeast toward Agassiz Peak 12,428', from the Highline Trail
Looking northeast toward the meadow at the entrance to Naturalist Basin.
To the left is the trail to the Morat Lakes and to the right is the trail to Jordan Lake.
From the ridge between Agassiz Peak and Spread Eagle Peak,
looking east over Naturalist Basin. Shaler Lake is visible below.
From the East Morat Lake looking southwest toward Agassiz Peak.
The tier above is home to Blue Lake, and is only a 10 minute jaunt from the Morat Lakes.
Looking west toward Peak 11,641' from East Morat Lake.
Looking northwest up to Agassiz Peak Summit, 12,428 feet above sea level.
From West Morat Lake looking southwest towards the base of Peak 11,641'
From West Morat Lake looking north. Agassiz Peak is visible above.
It was a very placid, reflective lake.
Can you see where the bank ends and the lake begins?
From Blue Lake looking towards the ridge between Agassiz and Spread Eagle.
The Peak in the middle is unnamed 11,647', and according to my calculations,
should give the best view of Naturalist Basin, too bad I didn't make it there.
From the southeast end of Blue Lake looking northwest toward Agassiz Peak.
Looking west over Blue Lake toward Peak 11,641' and Agassiz Peak 12,428'
From Blue Lake looking south.
Looking south over Blue Lake 10,940', with Peak 11,641 reflecting in it's calm waters.
Looking south over Blue Lake
Looking west towards Agassiz Peak, 1,500 feet above Blue Lake.
After climbing the peak the night before, I unwisely took the scree route down the middle.
The cliffbands 1/3 from the top were difficult and required both hands and a little climbing skill.
The rain didn't help things either.
Quartzite cliff edges on the north end of Blue Lake.
Looking west toward Agassiz Peak.
Agassiz Peak 12,428', a better view of the cliffbands.
The little white pointy rock on the right is the two pillars to which you must pass.
East Morat Lake and West Morat Lake.
Both sit on a intermediate level between Blue Lake and Jordan Lake.
The hike from these lakes up to Blue lake is only about 10 minutes.
Looking south over West Morat Lake,
with the West Grandaddy Mountains to the south.
West Morat Lake from atop the Blue Lake tier.
Looking south toward East Grandaddy Mountain 11,659' from the ridge up to Agassiz Peak.
At the base, in front of this mountain at 10,300', is one of the biggest lakes in the Uintas.
You could call it the grandaddy of the Uinta Lakes, because it's called Grandaddy Lake.
Grandaddy Lake covers over 170 acres.
Between Grandaddy Lake and Pinto Lake (4 miles north of Grandaddy)
are probably 15 large lakes and 100 small ones.
Looking down from Agassiz Peak toward Blue Lake in Naturalist Basin.
The Morat Lakes are visible on the right of Blue Lake.
On the left is LeConte Lake, you can barely see Jordan Lake