Brown Duck Trail - Uinta Mountains in the Ashley National Forest

This marshy meadow is found along the Brown Duck Trail.


This hike takes you through tall pine, spruce and fir until you reach a marshy meadow. From the trailhead, be prepared to share the route with horses and mules. At about 2 miles, Brown Duck Creek runs parallel with the trail. Shortly after you cross a second small bridge, a switchback takes you to the ridge top. There, about 3 1/2 miles from the trailhead, you will have a good view of Moon Lake. The final quarter mile to the meadow mostly is downhill. If you are equipped and fit enough, you can can go another 3 1/2 miles to Brown Duck Lake. Look for elk and moose throughout the hike. Fees: None

Getting there: From Duchesne, take State Road 87 north for about 32 miles. The trail head is on the left side of the road as part of a large, gravel pullout area for horses and vehicles. You will see campgrounds on the opposite side of the road.


-- Photo and text by Nate Carlisle, graphic by Amy Lewis/The Salt Lake Tribune

Region: Northeast Utah/ Uintas

Destination: Meadow

Distance: 7.5 miles

Time: 4 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,089 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes


GPS Location: 40.5730019, -110.5146061

Difficulty: 3


First published 2008-07-03