The past few weekends of adventures have been very thought out. A lot of planning and research went into those trips and we were ready for a nice relaxing weekend. Blake and I thought a nice weekend at home would be nice, but upon further thinking we realized we would probably get bored, so we decided to go do something. We wanted to go somewhere where there was hardly a drive and that we could be alone. We talked about car camping by Mirror Lake but knew that it would be super crowded and that we probably wouldn’t even be able to get a spot. That led us to backpacking… again. We thought we might be a little crazy because we had just finished a long backpacking trip last weekend, but it also sounded really nice and relaxing to both of us. Blake opened up his Uintas map and picked a lake that looked nice; he chose Ibantik Lake. We did minimal planning and research on Ibantik Lake.
Friday after work, we packed all our gear and hit the road. The trail to Ibantik Lake isn’t very long so we weren’t too worried about getting an early start. We got to the trail head around 4:30; it is at the Crystal Lake parking lot. It gets busy on weekends so finding parking can get a little tricky. The great part about hiking in the Uintas is the lack of elevation gain. This trail had about 900 feet of elevation gain, but it’s gradual so it didn’t feel hard at all. I kept making Blake stop, because the wildflowers were unreal and I love flower photos. It was beautiful. There are also many lakes along the way which are incredible, we counted over twenty.
It’s about four miles to Ibantik Lake. We got to the lake around 7:30, just in time for dinner and one of the most beautiful sunsets of all time. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, hammocks are the best thing ever when you are backpacking. We don’t have backpacking chairs so hammocks are our best option to relax off our feet. After some relaxing, sunset watching, and chatting we retired to bed. We didn’t have any plans the next day so we slept in. I think this was the first time ever that I have been able to sleep in while camping, but the weather was perfect and it felt great to have no plans.
After we had had enough sleeping in, we packed up camp and headed back to the car. It only took us about two hours to get back to the car. Since the hike to the lake was a gradual uphill, the hike back was easy and quick. It was great to get back to the mountains since we had been to the desert so much. We love the Uintas and will probably make at least one more trip there before summer ends.