Notch Mountain Uintas

Uinta Mountains
Notch Mountain Peak: 11,263 ft.

5.5 miles round trip.

Not to be confused with the more famous Notch Peak in Tule Valley near Delta.

The trailhead starts at the same area as the Clyde Lake trailhead, but instead of going west this trail goes north toward Ibantic Lake. The trail starts by passing between two lakes known as the Lilly Lakes. The trail remains fairly level as it passes Wall Lake, which has a footbridge and a rock wall, and then curves east. There is a shortcut trail along the way that goes north, this will save you about 5 minutes or so. Most people go into the "Notch" (The pass cut out of Notch Mountain) and then climb up the mountain from the east side. I would probably just start directly up after passing Hope Lake and go north up it's south side, which would save quite a bit of time.

Once again the rainclouds were billowing up everywhere, and once again we gambled with them all the way to the top. On the way back, the sunset lit up one of the lakes, I took out my camera, and felt a shock, and our hair started to stand up, so I turned it off and we kept moving.

If there is an electric storm, I wouldn't stay still because static electricity builds slowly around you. If you keep moving under the trees, I believe your chances of getting struck are lower. I don't think I've heard of someone getting hit by lightning while they were moving fast under trees, but you never know.

Later a rainbow appeared, I couldn't resist so I snapped off a few shots before it faded away.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

From near the beginning of the hike, looking northeast toward Reids Peak and Bald Mountain.

From Wall Lake looking north toward the "Notch".
We went into the notch and then climbed up the right side.
The actual peak is quite a bit further to the east than I thought.

This is a very common scene in this area. Lichen covered quartzite and limestone.

Looking south over one of the many unnamed alpine lakes in the Trail Lake area.

From the Notch looking north over Lovenia Lake and the dozen or so other lakes.
Moffit Peak is visible in the distance.

A telephoto of Hayden Peak showing most of the difficult climbing to the summit.

From a smaller notch near the summit of Notch Peak looking east over a sub peak,
Reids Peak, Bald Mountain, and Mount Agassiz

Looking east toward A-1 Peak 12,377'

Looking northeast over Mount Marsell 11,340', Lofty Peak 11,158', and Scout Mountain 11,113'
toward Kletting Peak 12,055', A-1 Peak 12,377',
Table Top Mountain 10,617' (distance), Lamotte Peak 12,720' (distance) and
Hayden Peak 12,479'

Near Notch Mountain Peak looking east.
In the distance is Hayden Peak.

From the summit looking southwest over the lakes in between Notch Mountain and Mount Watson.
Twin Lakes in the foreground, Clyde Lake on the left, John Lake on the right,
and the Three Divide lakes are in the back by the base of Mount Watson.

From the summit looking southwest toward Mount Watson.
Behind is Long Peak. A better view of the Twin Lakes in the foreground.

These storm clouds seemed to be growing impatient as we wore out our welcome.
Looking east over Reids Peak and Bald Mountain.
In the distance is Mount Agassiz.

Looking south over Wall Lake.
In the far distance is Provo Peak, Cascade Mountain, and part of Timpanogos.

Looking northwest over Ibantic Lake in the foreground with Meadow Lake in the background.
In the distance, you can see Moffit Peak in the middle right.

Looking north to Moffit Peak 11,003 ft.

Looking north to unnamed peaks with Moffit Peak on the right.

A dead tree being exalted into heaven.

Went down too soon for the rainbow, but spared the chance of getting fried.

Looking east over Hope Lake

Thanks to Gloria and Pug


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