One of the best things about living in a mountain town is, drum roll please, the mountains! The Uinta (pronounced you-in-tah) Range is less than 20 minutes outside of Park City. Today was one of those perfect Fall days in which my house could not contain me. After 12:00, I hit the road to spend the second half of my day in these majestic mountains.
The Uinta range is the only major east-to-west range in the Continental US and hosts Utah’s highest peak, King’s Peak. I discovered this place about 4 years ago and since then, I have enjoyed spending time there during all four seasons of the year. Today’s adventure included a visit to Provo Falls. I love this little feature. It is right off the road and it is great for the kids to play in!
Driving up and over Baldy Pass is a must. The latest storms always leave a little dusting of snow on the North Facing Side and the views of the Wasatch are spectacular. Continue down the other side of the pass to go for a little hike. The first pull-out on the right takes you past 2.2 lakes in only 1.5 miles (3 miles round-trip). The first lake, the easiest one to get to, is also the most beautiful. The second only qualifies as a pond. After dropping some elevation, you come across the third and final lake. A little muddy around the perimeter, but a beautiful place to sit while re-hydrating and enjoying a snack. After the day is over, stop at the Samak Smoke House just outside of the National Forest boundary for some Peppered Beef Jerky or Smoked Salmon and a Diet Coke (we actually stopped coming and going today!). You wouldn’t believe how well the two flavors mix!