Wasatch Trail Loop
Difficult - About 6-8 hours to complete the loop. Wasatch Trail Loop is more of a "U" than a loop and you can choose to start from Bear Creek Trailhead or take the trail for Bridal Veil Falls. If you can be dropped off at the top of Bridael Veil Falls, you'll cut off 1,200 feet of hiking. The maximum elevation is 13,050 feet. This adventure offers great views and wonderful alpine flowers. Bring a map as there are two critical junctions that do not have sign posts.
There is a variation that can be made from the Bear Creek Trail side of the loop. You can choose to start at Bear Creek Trail or from the top of the ski resort where Gold Hill meets the back side. The "connection" is a steep and rocky 1.4-mile trail connecting the See Forever Trail to the Wasatch Trail. Combine these trails for an arduous, day-long adventure.
From Bear Creek Trail, head in 2 miles and take the Wasatch Trail trail that takes you steeply up the canyon towards Nellie Mine. You will encounter a few trail junctures, stay right and head towards the ski resort. Eventually you will catch the Wasatch Connection Trail and head uphill towards Gold Hill. You will hike through the new expansion area, Revelation Bowl, as the trail leads you up towards See Forever ski run.
If coming from the ski resort, choose to hike up to See Forever Trail from a varity of starting points, including St. Sophia Gondola Station. Follow the directions in reverse, and finish the hike at the bottom of Bear Creek Trail.
Definitely bring water and a topo map. There are many trail intersections and not all are well-marked, if at all. This all-day adventure is well-worth the trail finding and cardio effort as the views are unbelievable.
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