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Skyline Trail

Vistas for Days

Skyline Trail offers some of the most panoramic views of the Tushars you can find. There are so many ways to enjoy this trail. Hikers can choose any length they would like to explore with this out and back trail. Backpackers can explore all of the trails 23 miles one-way views. This is also a perfect trail to bring horses on. The elevation crests at 11,100 feet, while the route skirts multiple 12,000 foot peaks. 

The full Skyline can be done as a multi-day trek, but it also divides nicely into three nearly equidistant sections that make for good day hikes. The southern end of the trail is at Big Flat on FR 514. The route hugs the eastern edge of this high plateau, granting huge views of the Sevier River Valley through gaps in aspen forest. The next road crossing is in 9 miles at Big John’s Flat, along FR 123/Paiute Trail 01.

From Big John’s Flat, it continues 7 miles north to Mud Lake at a spur road of FR 123. The route ducks into dense spruce-fir then out into open meadows on rolling terrain, alternating dark and light, up and down.

Past Mud Lake the final section is about 8 miles. In this section, it tops a ridge with a vantage of Delano Peak and the surrounding summits before descending toward Blue Lake. From this idyllic glacial valley at the foot of rugged talus slopes it punches upward again, climbing back to 11,000 feet at Bullion Pasture Trailhead along FR 123.


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Experience a Glacial Lake
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Go fishing at Puffer Lake, a glacial lake surrounded by high pine-clad mountains; fed by the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Belnap, Baldy, and Delano. Fishing is good from the shore or from the lake – boats are available for rent and there’s plenty of free camping space available.

A short drive with beautiful views on Highway No. 21 leads you across the Big Flat to the rim or east line of Beaver County. Look south to glimpse the mountains of Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and the Grand Canyon. To the north and east lie more mountains and valleys, creating a lovely panorama, and to the west the high peaks and mountains of Nevada, a memorable site to behold.

There are many interesting places to visit around Lake Puffer that can easily be reached by means of good Government trails, either on foot or by horseback. Allowing high peaks to be reached without much trouble. On the return trip down the canyon, signs are placed along the highway, guiding to places of interest, one of which will point the road to Kent’s Lake, High Lo, and the Little Reservoir which are also favorite fishing sites.

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Meander in a Memorable Meadow
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Camping at Big John Flat hosts stunning views, peaceful camping nestled in the trees, and outdoor activities of every kind. Located just south of the Tushar Mountain Peaks it’s one of the area’s most scenic destinations and somehow rarely crowded.

The large meadow is encompassed by Engelmann spruce, aspen and fir stands. Enjoy ATV trails, hiking, mountain biking and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter time.

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