Rigger to Puffer Lake (FS 40129/PST 29)

Total Miles
6.4

Elevation

3,229.80 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Rigger to Puffer Lake, from its southernmost point goes north and west around Puffer Lake. The trail is nearly 6.5 miles, and it winds through the pine trees up to an elevation of just under 10,600 feet. The pine scent is clean and amazing. In places you travel through aspen groves, and in the fall the change of colors promises to be superb. You travel nearly to treeline and above are the snow-capped peaks of the Tushar Ridge in the Fishlake National Forest. You cross a bridge over the creek, and there is one small stream that runs across the trail. By mid-July the stream is shallow. Puffer Lake covers 65 acres, and when full, it's about 50 feet deep. It is a natural mountain lake, but a dam has been added to help with irrigation and responsible use of water. Puffer Lake is stocked with rainbow and brook trout. It's one of the most scenic lakes in this area. Don't forget to get the online education course certificate and your OHV sticker to off-road legally in Utah.

Difficulty

There are some areas of erosion, some rocks, a shallow water crossing, and some hills, but nothing is too difficult.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

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Access Description

Take UT-153 west out of Junction, Utah, and follow it to Big Flat Long Flat Trail. Follow that trail to the south end of this trail. From Marysvale, Utah, you can get there almost completely on dirt by taking the Old Highway 89 Road, which is paved, west from Highway 89 just south of Lizzie & Charlie's RV Park. It runs south to South Thompsonville Road. Go left on South Thompsonville and follow it to Marysvale to Piute Reservoir Dam Trail, which is also Old Highway 89. Go south on Old Highway 89 (Piute Reservoir Dam Trail) until you reach Fallen Tree Gulch. Use Fallen Tree Gulch to access the Powerline Trail. Follow Powerline to UT-153. Take a right on 153 and follow it to Big Flat Long Flat, which leads to this trail.

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