The High Uintas are open early this year for running. It was time to get up there. I was interested in trying something new and decided to go run the Brown Duck Mountain Loop. The trailhead is north of Duchesne and Mountain Home, at Moon Lake. It was an easy drive, 2:45 from my home, all on pavement. I arrived about 11 p.m. and slept in the car. I woke up at 4 a.m. to get ready, but there was a big windstorm going through with a little rain. I had no desire to run in terrible wind, so I went back to sleep.
I ended up getting on the trail around 7 a.m. and had wonderful weather all day. The rain the previous day or night was nice because the trail was soft and not very dusty. I had previously thought about also summitting Duck Mountain, but as I approached it, I could see that it was just a pile of rocks. To get to the summit and back to the trail would be six miles of boulder hopping which would take hours. Instead, I tried to run the actual loop fairly fast, faster than my normal adventure runs. But I took plenty of time for pictures and several stops to eat. The video tells the rest of the story.