Soapstone Basin Road
Directions: You can approach the Soapstone Basin Road from the
north or from the south:
Description: This is a very good dirt road (for summer use only) about 5 1/2 miles long, that goes from UT 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) in the north to UT 35 (the Wolf Creek Pass road) in the south. The north half runs near Soapstone Creek then climbs south over Soapstone Pass to highway 35. You can combine this birding trip with Mill Hollow or Wolf Creek Campground and Duchesne Ridge.
Birding: Two good places to stop along the way are at the turnoff to Lambert Hollow (about 2 miles from the north end) and at Piuta Camp where there is a small lake (a couple of miles or so from the south end). Be prepared to stop along the way when you see bird activity. The north end of the road that goes through a forested area with Aspen, is especially good for woodpeckers and sapsuckers along with some of the other "specialty birds."
Specialty Birds: Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Lazuli Bunting, Fox and Lincoln's Sparrows, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin,