Pittsburgh Lake. A fun day hike!

I am from Utah originally. I have lived in a few different states though and have been all over the U.S. and even all over the world. The only continents I have not been to Antarctica and Australia. If I were to say that I like hiking that would be an understatement. I am actually addicted and in love with hiking. If I had the rest of my life to wonder the planet hiking as I go I think, I would do it in a nano-second. On the weekends I am always looking for a new hike or place to explore.

If you are new to Utah, you will soon see that the things to explore is probably endless and if you take sometime to get outside you will never be bored for the rest of your life…

Pittsburgh Lake

In this post I want to share a cool hike that not too many people know about and and if you go you and may by the only one on the trail, every once and awhile I see a few other people on the trial so if you are looking for a hike without the crowds then this will be your kind of hike.

Part of Trail to the lake

This is a harder hike for most people but if you are at all in shape and take your time you can make it to the top for a incredible site to see. The picture above is a part of the trail. As you can see, it can get steep at a few places but if you persevere you will make it to the top and I can assure you that you will not regret it. Check out the picture below to see what will await you.

Pittsburgh Lake

The first disclaimer I have to say is that you will need a 4X4 vehicle with a lift. You will have to drive though a river in a few different places and you actually may not be able to pass if it is too early in the spring. The river can be high in the spring with the snow run off. If you have a good 4X4 you will enjoy this drive. It is one of my personal favorites drives to take. I made it to the trail head in a Jeep, Truck, and SUV. I actually made it up to the trail head once in a Cadillac SRX crossover SUV. (Check out the pic below to see the car I drove) It was all wheel drive and not super high off the ground and I made it just fine. I made the drive July 3rd so most of the run off was gone and the river was not too crazy.


From I-15 You will get off the Highland/Alpine or highway 92. The exit number is 284. You will head East off the freeway. (turn left if you are head south off the exit and right if you are headed north off the exit) You will stay on this road for awhile. (about 8 miles to the mouth of the canyon) From the mouth of the Canyon you will drive around 5 miles until you come to Road 144 on the left. Turn left onto 144 and head north 2.5 miles until you come to a Reservoir called Tibble Fork. Towards the end of the lake you can go strait and the road immediately turns into a dirt road. Once you hit the dirt road you will travel around 5.5 miles on a really rough road. You will hit a junction that heads to Pittsburgh lake to the left and the fork to the right heads to Midway. After you take a left at the fork towards Pittsburgh Lake the road begins to get really rough. You could get to the fork in a car but from here you will need a 4X4. From the fork you will travel about 1 mile and the trail head will be on the right side tough two river crossings.

Once you get to the trial head you are only 1.5 miles from you final destination and you will be able to relax at this beautiful lake and check out the surrounding site. There is an old cabin near the south side of the lake. Now I have to be upfront with you and let you know that this hike has a lot of incline and if you just take your time you should be fine. But this 1.5 miles feels like 3 or more miles because the steepness of this hike.
I assure you that you will love the end results of this beautiful hike.

What to bring:

Bring at least 1 litter of water per person. Bring some snacks and a backpack to carry it on your back. You will want your hands free for the steep areas of the hike. Make sure you have some good shoes with grip for the steep parts as well. There is a lot of loose rock on the trail with sharp rocks so I would recommend shoes with a thick soles.

Finally we come to an end and I hope you will come back for more tips and adventures. Also if you see any corrections that need to be made or have any questions about the hike please let me know and I would love to help you out and good luck on the hike.

Until next time, hike onward!