Tokewanna Peak Loop

  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Time: 3-4 days
  • Elevation gain: 2,300 feet
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Overall: 8
  • Reference: Northeastern Utah, about 70 miles northeast of Kamas, just south of the Wyoming border.
  • User groups: Hikers, dogs, horses. No wheelchair access.
  • Permits: No permits are required. Parking and access are free.

Trail Map

Directions

From Kamas, UT, take State Route 150 approximately 48 miles northeast. Turn east on Forest Service Road 058 for about 17 miles. At the turnoff to Little Lyman Lake, turn sharply back west on Forest Service Road 063 and go about six miles to road's end at the West Fork of Blacks Fork River, and park. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended on 063.

Maps

Trails Illustrated's High Uintas Wilderness. For USGS topographical maps, ask for Lyman Lake, Red Knob, and Mount Lovenia.

Contact

Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Evanston Ranger District, 1565 Highway 150, Box 1880, Evanston, WY 82931; (307) 789-3194.

Trail notes

When summer days find crowds just south in the High Uintas Wilderness, this region of the national forest offers quiet and solitude in beautiful mountain terrain. After a wade through the West Fork, the trail runs south along the river, following an old dirt road for about a mile to where a signed trail junction will send you east instead of south along the river. Now the route turns steep with lots of switchbacks before the gentler descent to the Middle Fork of Blacks Fork. You're now about six miles into the hike. A congregation of old log cabins sits on the Middle Fork, and you'll find abundant campsites here and further up the waterway. The trail, however, sees very little use and grows faint to invisible as you move south. Keep the water to the east all the way to Bob's Lake at the foot of the great treeless bulk of Tokewanna Peak. Bob's Lake has no acceptable campsites, but a grassy flat below the lake offers exceptional spots to set a tent, and you may catch dinner in the still waters of the lake. If you want to hang out and climb Tokewanna, the easiest route ascends to the saddle west of the peak from where a simple scramble takes you up. At 13,165, the peak provides an awesome view of the long crest of the Uintas to the south. To continue the loop, climb the ridge west of Bob's Lake and descend to the West Fork. An accurate topographical map is highly recommended, but this cross-country piece of the route, steep at times, gets an overall rating of not-too-bad. Hike down the West Fork and back to the starting point.

Information courtesy of Buck Tilton, author of Utah Hiking.

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