Washington Lake Group Camping, 11-13 August, 2023
Let’s camp somewhere cool and sunny, with trails to beautiful views and lakes. It happened.
Thirteen Cache Hikers spent the weekend at the Lincoln Group Campsite on Washington Lake in the Uinta Mountains. Though prepared for any weather, our sunglasses and hats got the most use, pulling out jackets for camp meals in the morning and evening. The famous biting bugs didn’t make much of a showing. One 20-minute sprinkle (or downpour, depending on one’s location) was the only interruption to our sunny weekend.
Campers arrived on Friday afternoon at our group site on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway and left midday on Sunday. Our site had plenty of parking and tables, with space for tents and gathering. Group breakfasts and dinners provided great buffets. The walk to Washington Lake took about 10 minutes and led to the trails we used as well as the perfect place for a little paddleboarding.
On Saturday eleven campers hiked the “lollipop” trail from our camp to the Crystal Lake Trailhead and on to Duck Lake, passing the lovely quartzite-bordered Long Lake and later Pot and Weir Lakes. Mount Watson, with its distinctive top “wave” and rocky slopes, was often in view. David, our hike leader, took us in a counter-clockwise direction with a highly scenic lunch stop overlooking Duck Lake (see David's video). The many junctions were signed with cut-out letters in metal plates. Throughout the day we passed hikers and backpackers, along with a few horses. Interesting plants and rocks drew our attention for identification and photographs. Another group spent the day on a pleasant walk south to Shadow Lake.
On Sunday morning several hikers followed the trail past Shadow Lake to Haystack Lake and back before packing up to return to Logan. Others enjoyed a leisurely morning in camp or paddleboarding on Washington Lake.
We were treated to a clear, starry sky each night. The Perseid meteor shower presented a show for those who were awake late or early. On Saturday night the startling SpaceX starlink satellite train crossed the sky.
Partly luck and partly by design – the weekend was just great!
to Jane for the narrative and photos, Kathy, Dave P,
and Susan for photos, Dave W and Dan for photos and
GPS data, and Teresa for GPS data .