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Utah Hike of the Week: Bridger Lake in the Uinta Mountains

First Published      Last Updated Mar 09 2017 10:35 am

Directions • Take Interstate 80 east past Evanston, Wyo. Then take exit 39 to WY-414 South. Turn right onto WY-410 E, and then turn left onto Country Road 283. Continue on the dirt road until you have crossed the state line back into Utah. Look for a sign to Bridger Lake and turn left onto FR126. Follow the road until you reach Bridger Lake Campground.

Hike • This short hike loops around Bridger Lake and can be accessed from many points, either from several of the campsites near the waterfront, or from the small boat ramp. On our visit, we cut through an empty campsite near the bathrooms and started the leisurely stroll around the lake. There's no right or wrong way to go on this loop, but we started by heading north and were almost immediately met with a bridge walkway that cuts through the marshy water that is dotted by lily pads. The trail then turns to dirt and meanders through the trees and around the small lake. There are several small docks along the way that will get hikers (or those hoping to catch some fish) closer to the water. It's a short hike, but it is a beautiful and peaceful stroll that is easy for children and beginning hikers.

Digital map available at: http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/1716503753

— Jessica Miller

Destination: Bridger Lake

Hiking time • 45 minutes

Round-trip miles • 0.9 miles

Elevation gain • 0 feet

Difficulty • Easy

Trail head restrooms • Yes

Dogs allowed • Yes

Bikes allowed • Yes

Fees • $7 day use fee