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.
In July, we backpacked in Big Cottonwood Canyon to Lake Blanche. This trail was steep and very challenging. After this trip, I wasn’t really sold on the whole backpacking thing. Blake told me that backpacking in the High Uintas doesn’t have much elevation gain. After doing some research, we agreed that Naturalist Basin would be our destination on the Highline Trail. This is located right by Mirror Lake. This is rated as a great beginning backpacking trail, so that really helped ease my worry about carrying an extra 20 pounds on my back.