Along Highway 150 about 52 miles northeast of Kamas
8.5 miles oneway
First river crossing is 8.5 miles, the second is 11 miles.
3 to 5 hours
June to October
USGS Map: Elizabeth Mountain, Red Knob and Explorer Peak
From the parking area, cross the river on a log just up stream, or at the sheep bridge just down stream, and follow the dirt track on foot approximately 3 1/2 miles; you will have to cross the stream again. This area is called the Scalers Cabin where the buck and pole fence is located. At this point, you are within 1/2 mile of the High Uintas Wilderness Boundary. Just past the wilderness boundary, approximately 1/4 mile, you will have to cross the stream again. From this point on the trail (though hard to follow through the meadows) stay on the east side of the river. There are a few river crossings, but the logs are adequate. . .About 1/4 mile below Dead Horse Lake the trail intersects with the East Fork Blacks Fork trail going to Red Knob Pass. By following this trail east for 2.5 miles you come to Red Knob Pass. The trail up to the pass is steep and rocky. As you reach the top, you will see four drainages: The main fork of the West Fork Blacks Fork from which you just came; A small eastern fork of the West Fork Blacks Fork; The Lake Fork; and the East Fork Blacks Fork, in that order as you follow the trail. It is possible to descend into any of these, so bring your topographical map and make sure you have the right drainage before starting down...Above Dead Horse Lake, a steep rocky trail leads up the ridge to Dead Horse Pass. This trail is a tough climb. It is difficult to maintain and not recommended for inexperienced high country travelers...From Dead Horse Pass a trail leads south and down into Rock Creek drainage..Both Pass''s (Red Knob & Deadhorse) are often covered with snow late into summer, especially Dead Horse Pass. Ask for current conditions at the Ranger Stations..This area comprises the headwaters of the West Fork Blacks Fork River. The canyon bottom opens up into lush green meadows and offers a variety of scenes and meadows, conifer forests and high rocky peaks. Dead Horse Lake is quite a bit larger, but both have fair fishing late in the season. There are good camping spots in the Dead Horse Lake area.