Hike of the week: Fehr and Shepard lakes — Uinta Mountains
Published: September 14, 2012 11:30AM
Updated: September 6, 2012 10:27AM
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Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune Shepard Lake sits on the Fehr Lake Trail in the Uinta Mountains. A sign at the trail head misstates the distance to Shepard Lake, making hikers think they are at Hoover Lake.

Directions • From the town of Kamas, take UT-150 east for 30.2 miles. The trail head is on the south side of the road. The trail head for Fehr Lake is not marked from the road as you drive east, but there is a marker if you’re driving west. If you reach the Moosehorn Lake turnoff, you’ve driven about 200 yards too far east.

This is a well-maintained trail through meadows and forests to reach a set of mountain lakes. From the trail head, you’ll step onto your first wooden pathway constructed to keep your feet out of the mud. The trail will be a mix of those wooden planks and dirt and rocks. Despite what the sign at the trail head says, Fehr Lake is .43 miles away. Stay on the trail walking around the north edge of that lake before turning southeast. At 1.31 miles is a pond some people confuse for Shepard Lake. Shepard Lake is actually downhill from the pond, 1.59 miles from the trail head. (That is not what the trail head sign tells you.) You can continue on to Hoover Lake, but it is — again — not as close as the trail head sign tells you. The ascent back to the trail head is steep until you pass Fehr Lake.

Destination Shepard Lake

Hiking time 2 1/2 hours

Round trip miles 3.18 miles

Elevation gain 401 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trail head restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed No

Fees $6 (Mirror Lake access pass)