Mount Watson Climber's Log

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David Mortensen

David Mortensen - Sep 18, 2016 2:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2016

Watson  Sucess!

I hiked this with Brandon. We enjoyed the beautiful fall colors, lots of lakes, and scenic views. We started at the Crystal Lake TH and then hiked toward the Notch, leaving main trail to go to Clyde Lake and then ascended the Northeast Ridge of Mt Watson. We then took the shortest route back to the TH past many other lakes surrounded by fall colors.

Rocky Alps

Rocky Alps - Sep 18, 2016 12:50 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2016

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked with David up the trail leading towards Notch Pass before diverting past Twin Lakes to get to Clyde Lake. From there we ascended the Northeast Ridge of Mount Watson. There were a few small patches of snow, but the boulder-hopping on the way up was relatively straightforward. The summit views were great, where we were able to see 30 lakes down below us. We went back down the Northeast Ridge so that we could walk by some more lakes on the way back to the trailhead. See "Land O'Lakes" trip report for details.


utahjimk - Aug 15, 2016 11:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2016

Haystack/Watson  Sucess!

both Mount Watson and Haystack Mountain in one long hike, starting at Washington Lake campground. With Stanley, Deirdre and Mohamed.


Udink - Jul 18, 2016 10:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013

Backpacking and Peak Bagging  Sucess!

Hiked Watson as part of a backpacking and peak bagging trip that also included Notch Mountain. Camped near Clyde Lake the first night and Ibantik the second.


ZeeJay - Dec 3, 2014 7:28 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2014

Skied and hiked  Sucess!

11/20/2014, 11/17/2014 Just barely enough snow to ski. Dodging rocks took a lot of time. Took advantage of the MLH still being open.

11/1/2010 Skied from the MLH which was still open.


2/28/2009 With MOCKBA and Rob. This one is a long way in the winter. Started where the plowing ends on the Mirror Lake Highway at about mile 14.5. Skied in a pretty direct manner along the east sides of Pitt and Page Hill and Haystack to the Haystack/Watson saddle. Then headed N towards Watson and ascended its SE ridge. We booted the last 600 feet or so. It was 10.5 miles and 4100 vertical feet to the summit and it took us 7:20. Then we headed 3.4 miles to the Trial Lake turnoff on the Mirror Lake Highway at about mile marker 25.5 and skied 11 miles on the road back to our car for a total of 24.9 miles and 10:45 round trip. The weather and snow conditions were perfect and a great day was had by all.

9/2/2000 With MM. Started at the Crystal Lake TH and did a loop that included Haystack, Watson, and the west and east peaks of Notch Mountain.


SabineInUtah - Nov 11, 2014 5:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

Great climb  Sucess!

Climbed with RB and Spud, the dog, on a cold weekend with light snow. Beautiful area and easy, straightforward climb to the summit. Once off the trail from Crystal Lake TH (busy place!), we didn't see other hikers or climbers.


Udink - Jun 30, 2013 11:03 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013

NE ridge with fun glissade  Sucess!

Camped near Clyde Lake on Friday 6/21 then summited Mt. Watson the following day. There was some mostly avoidable snow just before reaching the top of the ridge, then we crossed a couple of snow fields on the way to the summit. The views from the summit were outstanding! On the way down we glissaded a good distance down the snow field--a welcome relief from the boulder hopping. :)


mtybumpo - Nov 10, 2012 1:06 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2012

Beautiful November  Sucess!

Mostly dry ground and lots of warm sun. Probably the last day like this this year. Took me two hours to get to the top. Went home the long way down the north ridge and along the Clyde Lake trail. Absolutely gorgeous!

Ryan Borzea

Ryan Borzea - Aug 29, 2012 5:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2011

Fun Uinta scrambling fun!  Sucess!

Summit'ed this during a backpacking trip to Divide Lakes with my kids. Had a blast!


Mooner - Jul 23, 2011 9:40 am

Up I go

07/22/11 Great climb with my wife. Found some A grade stone "Lazy Boyz" on the summit. Relaxed there for a while enjoying the view into the Uintas for at least an Hour and ended up getting Sunburnt.


tllwebb4 - Jul 26, 2010 4:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010

Bleep you Mt. Watson

Baaa. Goat was not successful. Camped across Little Hidden Lake from Mt. Watson and attempted 3 different approaches on the north face. Don't bother with the north face. It's steep as hell and loose. Even some bigger rocks wanted to move under foot. Had to come back down rather than become goatburger. Baaad mountain.

Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch - Jun 20, 2009 3:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2009

Great views.  Sucess!

Gotta love that loose Uinta talus. Great views into the Uintas and over to Timpanogos.


byates - Dec 7, 2008 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2005

Bald to Watson  Sucess!

Did it Mr Wombat, on the four peak slam, couldn't remember when till I checked his log in.


ericwillhite - Jul 15, 2008 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008

NE Ridge  Sucess!

I carried my 3 year old boy up, my wife carried our 11 month girl up. Nice family scramble. Pics and map at

Jeremy Franchow

Jeremy Franchow - Jul 29, 2006 7:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2006

Route Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!

Descended the steep North Ridge instead of heading towards Clyde Lake. Oops! Lots of loose rock and not recommended. Combined this with climbs of Haystack and both summits of Notch to make for a great Uintas day trip. Not one soul encountered after leaving the area lakes behind.

mtn runr

mtn runr - Apr 11, 2006 2:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1988

One BIG Pile of Rocks  Sucess!

Probably been there six or seven times since. It's a natural to go over and do Notch Mountain (both sides of the notch) after descending Watson.


mountaingazelle - Sep 18, 2005 8:06 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

I hiked to Watson Pass and climbed up the South Ridge. The boulders were fairly stable and easy to walk on. Good view of all of the many mountains and lakes in the area.


uintas - Dec 9, 2004 10:19 pm

Route Climbed: North East Ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 2003  Sucess!

While on a backpack trip made a side hike to the top. The views are spectacular. The Uintas are my favorite mountains in the world.


PellucidWombat - Aug 30, 2004 2:26 pm

Route Climbed: North East Ridge - descended via South Ridge Date Climbed: August 28th, 2004  Sucess!

This was the final peak of the day out of a 4 peak grand slam. After doing Bald Mtn, Reids Pk, and Notch Mtn, I continued X-country to the summit of Watson before descending to the Crystal Lake TH. All in all, a great loop to do! Not very hard (3,600' gain, ca. 12 miles), but the views are wonderful.


MrWasatch - Sep 26, 2003 12:45 pm

Route Climbed: Clyde Lakes Date Climbed: August 29, 1998  Sucess!

Easy route-find climb up talus to the summit, and some great views of the Clyde Lakes area.

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