Bess Lake is a high mountain sub-alpine lake at an elevation of 3.381m (11,092ft) above the sea level, located in Wayne County, in south-central Utah, in USA. Altitude and extreme weather is always a factor at any time of year. It’s one of the highest roads of Utah.
Located within the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests, and part of the Thousand Lake Mountain, the access is difficult. A high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle is required. The road to the lake, located in the Aquarius Plateau (referred to by many as the Boulder Mountain), is gravel, rocky and treacherous. It’s called Forest Road 1001. The road is usually open from June, 16th to October 31st. Only travel on this road when it is dry. Always be prepared for winter weather, even in summer. When visiting in the summer, be mindful that the area attracts massive thunderstorms. When these storms appear, it is recommended that you seek shelter immediately. This is a great trail that offers a little bit of everything -- rocky challenges, fantastic scenery and access to some great hiking and fishing.
Pic: Jaden Martin