If you have problems with altitude don’t give this area a try. The Trail head was just under 9000 ft and our base camp was just over 10,000.
The hike started at the Middle Beaver Creek trail head, the last portion of the road is gravel, but it was in very good condition. Our ultimate goal was near Beaver Lake, approximately 7 miles in.
The trail was generally in good shape, although there is a bit of horse traffic so some portions are beat up. The Forest Service has done a good job clearing the downed trees. Like many areas in the west there has been extensive beetle damage so a lot of dead pines.
We arrived at the trail head mid afternoon and decided to hike in an hour or so. This is our first night camp. There was water many places along the trail with plenty of places to camp.
Long Meadow with Middle Fork of Beaver Creek. The whole area is high elevation so those mountains in the background are some of the highest in Utah, pushing 12,000.
Our first night at our base camp two bull moose came out into the meadow. If you haven’t seen one of these animals up front and personal they are very large.
We fished the Middle Ford and found cutthroat and brown trout. They were not large, the biggest in the 12” range, but they were scrappy.
Being at high elevation the nights were cold dipping down into the 30’s. This is our meadow with frost in the morning.
A shot of Beaver Lake, note the plants in the foreground. These aren’t actually normally low bushes, they have just been heavily browsed by the elk and moose. Our destination for the day is in the bowl to the right of the peak, Coffin Lake.
I had to include one shot of an unusual plant, this is mistletoe.
Our next day hike went to a no-name lake, but the actual destination was the high elevation meadow.
This is a reminder when this area was heavily grazed by sheep. The herders would spend months in the mountains, leaving behind fire rings and often messages carved into the trees.
Our base camp, we did put up a tarp but we really never really needed it.
This photo was taken in morning so our chairs were set of keep any dew off. One of the luxury items that I have added to my pack is an REI chair. It packs down to small size and does weigh less than two pounds. For the ultra light folks this is a big add.
We did get another visit from a moose, this time a young bull. He did get a lot closer.