Beaver Creek Trail, Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Elviera, 4, front, and Steve Gold share the Beaver Creek Trail with Dede Barrigar on New Year’s Day.


The six-mile trail between the Yellow Pine and North Fork trailhead areas is groomed for classic cross-country skiing on Thursdays. Snowshoers usually do a noble job of keeping to the side of the track making it possible for both recreation groups to utilize the trail, which is closed to snowmobiles. Dogs are allowed on odd-numbered days. The trail runs along the base of the mountain, gently climbing from Yellow Pine to North Fork. There are three other entry points along the highway (Beaver Creek, Shingle Creek and Pine Valley/Lower Provo). Beaver Creek is popular with family groups and people just out for a recreational ski or snowshoe. Hard-core skiers or snowshoers tend to visit the opposite side of the canyon. Several more intense trails break off of Beaver Creek, including Mine, Taylor Fork, Plantation and Pine Valley. The fee station is located on the highway past the Yellow Pine trailhead, but permits are still required to park in that area. Permits can be purchased at the Kamas Ranger District offices in Kamas, 50 E. Center St., or at self-serve stations along the highway. Day use fee: $3 day use, $25 annual

Getting there: In Kamas, turn east of Center Street, which turns into Highway 150 - also known as the Mirror Lake Highway - and head about six miles up the canyon to the Yellow Pine Trailhead parking area. The Beaver Creek Trail starts on the south side of the highway.


-- Photo, text by Brett Prettyman, graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Northeast Utah/ Uintas

Destination: Beaver Creek trail in Uinta Mountains

Distance: 12 miles for entire stretch

Time: Varies on length of trip speed

Elevation Gain: 501 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes, Only on odd days

Restrooms: Yes (at Yellow Pine and North Fork)

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 40.7024501, -111.3421342

Difficulty: 1


First published 2006-01-19