Mount Watson from Haystack
Mt. Watson is a prominent peak on the west side of Highway 150 in the Uinta Mountains. The lakes around the peak are extremely popular for hiking, fishing and camping. A climb of Mt. Watson may be you’re only reprieve from the bugs. Surprisingly, although it is so accessible from so many campsites and trails, few hikers take a shot at the summit. We camped at Cliff Lake; my 2 year old was able to walk there from the trailhead. My wife and I summated carrying both our children so how tough could it be!
From the parking lot, take the trail west above Crystal Lake. Within a mile, look for a trail (second right) dropping down for access to Cliff, Watson, and Clyde Lakes. Follow this along the west shores of Lily Lakes, then climbing to 200 feet to Cliff Lake. Continue hiking past petit, Linear and Watson Lakes. At Clyde Lake, ascend up through meadows, rocks and forest patches to near the northeast ridge. To avoid some scramble sections, traverse left of the ridge. Climb just south of the ridgeline on heather and rock slopes to the top of the ridge at 11,000 feet. Follow the ridge on boulders to the summit. There you will find lots of room to relax and enjoy the Western Uintas peaks and lakes.
Distance: 2.5 miles - Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Summit Elevation: 11,521
Access rating: Level 1

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Drive east on Highway 150 out of Kamas Utah for 25 miles or south out of Evanston Wyoming. Look for the Crystal Lake turnoff, a gravel road with several campgrounds and lakes. Look for the Crystal Lake Trailhead, pray you find a parking spot on weekends. There is a fee to park at any of the trailheads along the highway.
Watson Lake Uintas, Mt. Watson climbing Mount Watson climbing Mount Watson Camping at Cliff Lake Mount Watson Map
Camping at Cliff Lake, Haystack Mountain in distance
Looking West
Looking East
Nearing the top
Dozer taking a break
Breaking at the ridge
Mt. Watson from Watson Lake
East from Mt. Watson West from Mt. Watson
Mount Watson from Haystack Mountain area
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