Soapstone Basin is in the Uinta National Forest and Wasatch Cache
National Forest between the Mirror Lake Highway Road east of Kamas
and Highway 35 east of Woodland. To get there from the Salt Lake
Valley, Take I-80 east, up Parleys Canyon. At the Silver Creek
Junction take Highway 40 south. At the Keetly Junction (second
Exit) go east on Highway 248 to Kamas. At the stop light in Kamas
you have two choices depending if you want to go up the Mirror Lake
Highway 150 or Highway 35.
For Highway 150: Turn left on Main Street for Highway, then turn
right at the next stop light on Center Street (Highway 150) .
Travel east on Highway 150 for 14.7 miles. You will see the
Soapstone Basin Turn off to the right, top picture. There is parking right on Highway 150 and
also a restroom. This is also the parking area in the winter. The
road is paved down across the bridge to an RV Dump Station. The RV
Dump Station area also has fresh water. You will go past Camp
Rogers, which is a Y.M.C.A. Camp where the road turns to dirt. The
road has two switchbacks that you will need to go wide on and make
sure know one is coming down the road, both turns are wide enough
for you to go wide on to get your trailers all the way to the top.
The road was in great shape when we were there.
Highway 35: turn right on main street in Kamas and go 2 miles
south to the intersection of Highway 35 in Francis. Turn left
(east) on Highway 35. I don't know how far up the canyon it
is. If you don't want to do the switch backs then go up
The main Soapstone Road is 5.7 miles long and connects to Highway
35 from that goes from Woodland to Hanna.
In Kamas there is a store, gas station and some eating places. I
would recommend the Kamas Cafe. In Francis there is a gas
station. Don't forget to stop at the Beaver Creek Nudist
Ranch, it is a great place for a family vacation. It is on the
Mirror Lake Highway by Samak. Samak is Kamas spelled
backwards. This picture makes a great picture to use for your
family Christmas Card.
There are many Forest Service Campgrounds on the Mirror Lake
Highway. There is Mill Hollow Campground on Highway 35.
You would have to trailer from the Campgrounds to the Soapstone
Highway. On the Soapstone Road Between Highway 150 and Highway 35
there are a lot of primitive camping spots. Also many of the forest
roads that connect onto the Soapstone Road have primitive camping
spots. The main road is a good graded road to pull a trailer on.
There are the to switch backs coming from the Mirror Lake Highway
side. I wouldn’t pull a trailer up any of the other forest roads
unless you know where your going. Some are fine and others can be
narrow and rocky.
The main Soapstone Road is a nice grade road and good for any
beginner. Most of the side roads I would rate for a beginner. The
trails are surrounded by pine and aspen trees. There are some
streams that may have fish in them but I have never fished any of
them. I think this area is the best riding area on the Mirror Lake
Highway. It is not as rocky Murdock Basin and not as steep as
Taylor’s Fork. The only thing missing is a few lakes to fish. O
well Can’t have everything. You will need a map or GPS to know
where you are going because of the amount of roads up there.
There are many trails that could turn into a nice loop ride.
There is also the Iron Mine Trail that I havent been on yet.
Also checkout the Phelps Brook OHV trail .
The Mirror Lake Highway 150 is groomed in the
winter and is a snowmobile trial all the way to East Fork of the
Bear. The Mirror Lake highway is plowed to the Soapstone Basin.
There is a parking lot right on the Highway 150 and a restroom. The
Soapstone Basin Road is also groomed in the winter. You can ride up
either road but I wouldn’t get off the groomed trail without a
shovel and a case of power bars.
Soapstone Basin Turnoff From Highway 150 N40°34.871
W111°02.914 Altitude 7795. Iron Mine Turnoff N40°34.079
W111°02.284 Altitude 8415. Soapstone Basin Turnoff
From Highway 35 N40°31.142 W111°02.774