Boulder Leading (aka Bluebell Knoll) sits at 11,322 ft higher on the Aquarius Plateau, in-between Loa, Utah and Boulder, Utah. Most persons come to this “peak” to mark it off their list on the Utah County Higher Points (CoHPs), for Wayne County. On that list, it is 1 of the easiest. It really is not a hike, but rather a scenic drive with about a 10 minute stroll to the summit, which sits in a grove of forested trees, but also has a view of the nearby Raft Lake just beneath the summit.
From Loa, UT head South on HWY 24, by means of the towns of Bicknell, UT and Lyman, UT. Turn appropriate on the Bicknell Circle (also named the Fish Hatchery Road). Keep on this road as it turns to dirt, following indicators for Bluebell Knoll, and the road turns into FR178. three miles just before Bluebell Knoll will be a gate. This is a great spot to park and either jump in a pals 4×4 car or truck OR stroll to the TH if you never have a higher clearance car or truck. This gate is only open commonly June by means of October or when the snow is all gone and dry. Get in touch with the ranger station to make positive it is open just before generating the trip down. From the gate, continue that final three miles to attain the sign for Bluebell Knoll on your right (North).
Distance: .four miles RT
Elevation achieve: 75 ft
Time: 15-20 minutes
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
We left on a Friday evening immediately after operate, so we identified a good campsite that evening off 1 of the dirt roads close to Boulder Leading.
The subsequent morning we all jumped into 1 truck and created the drive up the hill. You will pass this 1 sign that says two miles. From the final gate, it is about three miles to the summit. Previous that gate, you are going to want a larger clearance car or truck. I would not have felt comfy taking my Forester up there, to give you an thought. A jeep or truck will be ideal.
There’s our location! Oh yeah, time to bag a plateau LOL!
You will see the official sign appropriate off the road, but now it is time to “hike”.
The boys lead the way to the summit.
Yay, immediately after a 10 minute stroll, we identified the official summit cairn. No register was accessible, sadly!
The view at that identical spot, but the other way with Raft Lake beneath.
Exciting stroll – subsequent!