Boulder Leading (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County Higher Point

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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. 


Boulder Leading is the name for the location, and Bluebell Knoll is the official summit name, but Utah locals use each names synonymously. Mainly because this CoHP is not a hike, it is great to combine this trip with other nearby hikes such as Blind Lake, or even a nearby CoHP, such as Fish Lake Higher Leading. This location is fantastic for the complete loved ones, and the ideal time to pay a visit to is in late summer time to fall when the roads are dry, gates are open, and the leaves are bursting in colour.

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

Costs/Permits? None

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

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. 

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

 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.

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

 There’s our location! Oh yeah, time to bag a plateau LOL!

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

 You will see the official sign appropriate off the road, but now it is time to “hike”.

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

The boys lead the way to the summit.

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

 Yay, immediately after a 10 minute stroll, we identified the official summit cairn. No register was accessible, sadly!

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

The view at that identical spot, but the other way with Raft Lake beneath. 

Exciting stroll – subsequent!

“Trail”

Hiking to Blind Lake, Boulder Mountain