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Challenging Hikes

If solitude is what you seek, these challenging hikes will lead you deep into the Utah wilderness for some stunning scenery and isolated camping. These challenging hikes are suitable for adults in good physical condition with good backcountry navigation skills*.

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    Allsop Lake

    Near the headwaters of the Bear River, Allsop Lake sits alone in a massive cirque surrounded by towering peaks and incredible alpine scenery.

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    Amethyst Basin

    With a handful of high alpine lakes surrounded by majestic, rocky peaks, Amethyst Basin is sure to please hikers and backpackers alike.

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    Angel's Landing

    This strenuous trail cuts through solid rock walls on its way to a narrow knife ridge leading to the top of Angel’s Landing, nearly 1,500 feet above the floor of Zion Canyon.

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    Bear Trap Falls

    Bear Trap Falls is a beautiful, seldom-visited attraction in the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park.

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    Coyote Gulch

    With arches, picturesque waterfalls, and miles of sinuous narrow canyon to explore, Coyote Gulch is undeniably one of the best hikes in all of Southern Utah.

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    Death Hollow

    Located in the north end of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Death Hollow is a remote and challenging backpacking destination for experienced backcountry enthusiasts.

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    Four Lakes Basin

    Four Lakes Basin is a great multi-day backpacking trip to a scenic alpine basin with a handful of beautiful lakes in the High Uintas Wilderness.

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    High Creek

    Tucked deep into the Mount Naomi Wilderness near the Utah-Idaho border, High Creek is a hidden gem featuring waterfalls, meadows and a beautiful alpine lake.

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    Kermsuh Lake

    Kermsuh Lake, pronounced 'kurm-soo,' is one of the least visited areas accessed from the popular Christmas Meadows Trailhead. At 15.0 miles round trip, this hike is best done as a long day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.

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    Lake Blanche

    Located high in the mountains above Salt Lake City, Lake Blanche sits in a picturesque basin filled with alpine lakes and surrounded by towering rocky peaks.

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    Lower Black Box

    The Lower Black Box is a difficult but extremely rewarding hike through a beautiful, water-filled canyon in the heart of the San Rafael Swell.

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    Milk Lake

    If solitude is what you seek, look no further than Milk Lake. Located deep in the High Uintas Wilderness, this little gem is far off the beaten path for most backcountry travelers.

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    Potter Lake

    Located high in the eastern Uintas, Potter Lake is a great destination to put your navigation skills to the test and enjoy unparalleled solitude.

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    Red Castle via Bald Mountain

    Experienced backpackers seeking a true adventure will find it in this seldom-traveled and extraordinarily scenic route through the High Uintas Wilderness.

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    Ryder Lake

    This multi-day hike visits one of the Uintas most scenic high basins, featuring dozens of lakes and outstanding alpine scenery.

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    The Golden Cathedral

    The Golden Cathedral is an incredible sandstone alcove featuring an awe-inspiring triple pothole arch, located deep in the wilderness of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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    Upper Salt Creek

    Located in The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, Salt Creek provides a challenging adventure with great scenery and an abundance of natural history.

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    West Rim Trail

    Over the course of 16 miles, the spectacular West Rim Trail traverses high plateaus providing breathtaking views of Zion National Park.