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Tamarack Lake

This short, easy trail is a great introduction to the beauty of the High Uintas wilderness. It offers one of the best chances to spot moose in Flaming Gorge Country. Pace yourself, however, the trail starts at 10,429 feet!


Trail Map


Manila, UT 84046
435-784-3445 (Gen Info)
3 miles
Time to Allow

From UT Hwy 44, turn south on the scenic Spirit Lake Scenic Backway (USFS road #001). This turnoff is located in the wide open sagebrush flats of Dowd Mountain, about 10 miles south of Manila. Follow the backway to its end, about 25 miles of mostly graded dirt road, right up against the spine of the high Uintas. Here you will find lovely Spirit Lake. Continue past the campground and look for the trailhead on your left. Follow the well marked trail into the forest and meadows - keep an eye out for moose in any of the brushy open areas. The trail splits in about 1 mile, but both directions end up at Tamarack lake (the left-hand fork goes past Jessen Lake as well).


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