Hiking
Now Reading
Nobletts Spring, Uinta Mountains, Utah
0
Overview
Location

Uinta Mountains, Utah.

Sights

Moose, beaver, birds, ponds, stream, pine trees.

Distance

2 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

7,449ft

Summit Elevation

7,759ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

310ft

Time Required

1 - 3 hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

Stream year round. Spring is drinkable.

Best Season

Late Spring - late Fall.

Sun Exposure

Low

Trail Condition

Obvious but with mild obstacles

Restrooms

None

Camping

Possibly

Equipment

Columbia Pants
Icebreaker wool Apex LS Insulating layer
Stoic Rainshell
OR Rain hat

Ok, with a name like Nobletts, you’ve got to be curious. I was. This is a great, quick family friendly hike that follows Nobletts Creek up a narrow canyon. It is a mild climb, well shaded, and very beautiful the entire hike. For most the hike you are surrounded by tall pine trees, at the side of a bubbling brook lined with moss-covered stones, and staring up at cool rock formations (the nobletts?).

This hike has snow on it until decently late in the season. We ventured up this trail in late April and found plenty of snow. But don’t be daunted. This is a great trail to snowshoe for beginner-intermidiates. And apparently some people even cross country ski it. I’d say it is a bit on the harder side it you want to try that. But as hiking goes, late spring through late fall, this is a fun, quick trail to get you away from city traffic and into moose traffic.

GPS Coordinates:

Trailhead:  40.542784°, -111.094943°
Ponds:  40.544806°, -111.093990°
Spring:  40.545400°, -111.080104°

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

P1000291 copy

Park at the giant lot on the side of the road. This is where the road closes during winter. All the trucks crowd in here and drop off their snowmobiles. But this cloudy day in April, we were the only car in the parking lot.

The trail starts from the sign in middle of the lot. It shoots straight north-east and drops down directly into the canyon.

2016-04-23 12.20.29 copy

The highly detailed map of the trails (read with sarcasm).

2016-04-23 12.20.57 copy

There are some picturesque ponds at the mouth of the canyon. I was telling my wife that this was the perfect place to run into a moose when one walked out of the brush on the far side of the pond. Perfect!

2016-04-23 12.30.59 copy P1000290 P1000286

We never quite managed to get a clear shot, though.

P1000259 copy

We waved goodbye to the moose and continued our way up the canyon. The trail stays on the South side of the stream the entire way up.

2016-04-23 12.44.57 copy

Old tree chewed on by a beaver.

P1000267 copy

It is a clear trail, and easy to follow. Once in the canyon there are now side trails that break off.

2016-04-23 13.51.16 copy 2016-04-23 13.02.06 copy

The stream was beautiful. It made me want to come back with my good camera in spring when the flowers are in bloom.

P1000268 copy 2016-04-23 12.35.28 copy

There really are no steep sections. It is a good, mild trail.

2016-04-23 12.57.47 copy 2016-04-23 13.12.45 copy

2016-04-23 13.17.38 copy

Noblett’s spring was a surprisingly strong (read raging) spring. The stream suddenly bursts from the ground at full force. None of this quiet trickling stuff.

The spring is reported to be drinkable. We were told that it forms from the water percolating down through the mountain. So we gave it a try. Months later, I can say there were no side effects. It tasted great.

2016-04-23 13.24.05 copy

Cool geode right next to the spring.

2016-04-23 13.44.11 copy

Fresh Snow caught in the pine boughs.

 

Personal Thoughts:

We’ll definitely be doing this hike again when it is warmer and greener. I also fully expect to explore this whole area, which is new to me. It looks like there is some really great terrain for all types of outdoor trekking. If you hike this one, let me know and give us an update.

 Trek Planner Logo

Ratings (out of 10)
Trek Planner Rating
User Rating
Rate Here
Difficulty
2.8
2.5
Technicality
2.0
2.0
Enjoyment
6.0
6.5
The Bottom Line

Difficulty is basically the length, duration and stress of the Trek. If the Trek is really long then it will receive a higher rating. If the Trek is short then it won't receive that high of a rating. However, difficulty rating also includes how tired we were at the end of the Trek.

Technicality is how strenuous the Trek is. If there is lots of bouldering or if there is bushwhacking involved then the rating will be higher. Technicality also includes if there are steep inclines or the need for ropes and other equipment.

Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

5.8
Trek Planner Rating
3.7
User Rating
1 rating
You have rated this
What's your reaction?
Love It
0%
Interesting
100%
Nice!
0%
Silly
0%
Meh...
0%
Booo!
0%
About The Author
Hawkeye-TP
A man of adventure and generally swell guy. He was born, and has been winging it since then. Trevor@thetrekplanner.com

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of