Moon Lake, located just south of the High Uintas Wilderness area, was a natural alpine lake (8000 feet in altitude) until dam construction on Lake Fork in 1938 enlarged it into a reservoir, now covering 768 acres and holding about 36,000 acre-feet of water when filled to capacity.
On its shores, you'll find a campground,
cabins for rent, plus opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, and, of course, fetching:
Last week we hiked one of the numerous trails in the area. This one followed along the west shore of the lake.
We saw this cute ground squirrel:
When I got too close with the camera, he dove into his hole:
We saw columbines:
alpine phacelia, also called purple fringe:
and strawberry flowers, one with a big fly lapping up the pollen:
The trail was easy to
follow and nicely shaded,
a great short hike for a warm day.