The trailhead to Lakeshore Basin begins at 11,000 feet with Leidy Peak (12,000 ft., 3700 m) rising above and to the southwest. Leidy Peak is located about 30 miles north of Vernal, Utah. (Note: The Uinta mountains are generally rounded on top because they are over 700 million years old and have experienced a lot of erosion.)
The path over the east shoulder of Leidy and into the basin is easily discernable most of the way, but here it's marked only by a large cairn.
The south fork of Ashley Creek runs through Lakeshore Basin,
and there are numerous small lakes. Marshy areas around the lakes and stream support good grass all summer. Many elk, deer, and moose live in the area.
We rode across the basin, and up the other side to an 11,800 ft. (3600 m) pass. It's a bit rocky. We put boots on the horses to protect their unshod hooves. Here I am, walking up the unstable rock. Mischief went ahead, following Boss and Steve. (Why is Steve always so much ahead of me? I'm slow, but I do get there.)
Okay, now I'm back in the saddle where I belong. Behind me is a view toward Red Belly Lake and Twin Lakes.
There was a sign in the pass, once planted in some piled rocks, but now fallen from its perch.
The Highline Trail, which traverses the High Uiintas, east to west, follows the ridge shown above. (I wouldn't want to be up there in a lightning storm!) Someday maybe we'll take that path. It doesn't look overly traveled, does it?