The Fish Lake, Monroe Mountain and Three Creeks-Junction snowmobile complexes are considered here. These areas provide outstanding snowmobiling opportunities from December through March. Elevations reach close to 11,500 feet, making the scenic panorama breathtaking. Trails provide access to excellent winter scenery and enjoyable play areas. The rocky crags of Mt. Terrill, the vast expansion of the Fishlake high-tops and the Sevier Plateau, and the beauty of the Tushar Mountains offer excellent snowmobiling and memorable views.
Fish Lake Snowmobile Complex
Fish Lake is a natural lake formed by waters accumulated in a large fold in the earths crust. The lake is located at an elevation of 8,800 feet, has a surface area of approximately 2,600 acres, and a maximum depth of 120 feet. Winter fishing opportunities are plentiful for those willing to brave the cold and ice. Trophy lake trout are caught in Fish Lake on a regular basis.
Access to the complex is provided through three major trailheads. Services along these trails are limited, and snowmobilers should plan to take extra food and fuel with them.
Below are some specific items of interest about the trails included in the Fishlake Snowmobile Complex. Check with local U.S. Forest Service offices for trail guides and travel maps of ungroomed trails and other areas open to snowmobile use.
The Gooseberry/Fishlake Trail originates at the Gooseberry Trailhead and climbs rapidly to the summit of Fish Lake Mountain. This trail is somewhat narrow in places and can be difficult and challenging for inexperienced riders. Once on top, expansive play areas reward those who make the climb. Beautiful scenery abounds and makes this one of the most popular in the complex.
This wide, easy trail begins at relatively low elevation and climbs gradually to the summit of Mt. Terrill on the Fish Lake Hightop Plateau, where it joins with the Gooseberry Trail. This is an easier climb and rewards riders with the same great exposure to play areas. The lower elevations of the eastern portion of the trail give riders the opportunity to see wintering deer and elk in their native habitats.
Monroe Mountain Trail
The 33-mile trail between the Sandledges and Monrovian Park trailheads (See Monroe Mountain Map) is one of contrasts. Riders who choose to begin their journey at Monrovian Park are faced with a sometimes challenging climb to the top of Monroe Mountain, home of some of Utah's premier big game herds. Though this ride offers some tremendous scenery, the trail passes through a steep narrow canyon and requires good riding skills.
Access to the trail via the Sandledges Trailhead provides less advanced riders the opportunity to access Monroe Mountain, though the trip takes slightly longer due to more gradual terrain. Once on top, several opportunities for open play are available and beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and mountains are the order of the day. Due to the low elevation and private property access in the Sandledges area, grooming is only done to Big Lake.