Uinta Mountains, Utah
Amazing mountain views
26 Miles out and back
Bring your own
Rough 4x4 road
Trail Head:40.50577 N, 110.50522 W
Trail End:40.58239 N, 110.61061 W
The Dry Ridge Road is a very pretty and relatively unknown place. The road takes you over 11,400 feet. If there is a higher road in Utah I don’t know where its at. If anyone knows whether that is true I would love to know. The road takes you to some of the most spectacular views you can find anywhere but the ride in can be pretty miserable. It is not particularly difficult but it is so rocky that even on an ATV it is slow going. I think it was worth the pain but the rocks definitely knock my ratings down a bit. The road is open to any vehicles and as long as you have 4×4 you should make it but you will be going very slowly in a vehicle. This area likely won’t be snow free until mid July most years. The beginning of the road is by the very popular Moon Lake.
The beginning portions of the road have large pine trees and the area reminds me of the high portions of Zion National Park.
As I mentioned there will be a steady helping of rocks most of the way. Once on the ridge the road is much better. Nothing is difficult but its enough to jar your teeth the whole time. The good news is there is very little chance you will see many people.
Eventually you will come to the first great overlook with mountain views and Moon Lake far below.
The road passes through many large meadows that are typical in the Uintas. I love these areas. Several of these would make great campsites.
There are no side roads to get lost on. You will eventually come to the top of Duck Peak not to be confused with Brown Duck Mountain across the basin. At well over 11,000 feet carbureted machines will have a lot of power loss. The views here are spectacular and it sits directly above Brown Duck Basin of the the easier accessed backpacking basins in the Uintas. The views were awesome. Make sure to bring a jacket. It will almost always be windy. The largest of the lakes in the basin is Kidney Lake.
This ridge gives you amazing views of nearly every high peak in the Uintas.
In the right center of the pano you can see Red Castle and Kings Peak probably the two most iconic spots in the range.
After enjoying the awesome panoramas and hopefully a nice snack this is an out and back road and you return the way you came.
The road in is slow and rough and will probably give you a headache but it takes you to nearly unprecedented heights with some of the best mountain views you can find anywhere. It’s definitely worth seeing.