Lofty Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Lofty Lake Loop Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kamas, UT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is accessible from June until September.

4.0 miles 991 feet Loop

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Lofty Lake Trail is located near Kamas, Utah and features a lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking. This Hike starts at the Pass Lake Trailhead just on the Highway near Pass Lake. Start on the Weber River trail. After a short distance you will come to the Lofty Lake Trail on the right. Continue around .7 miles and you will come to the Cuberant Lake Trail junction but continue to the right past Kamas Lake 1.3 miles until you arrive at Lofty Lake less that 1 miles from Kamas Lake. Either return the way you came or continue up the pass and drop down to Scout Lake near a boy scout camp working south and west until you arrive back at the Weber river trail and return to you car.

hiking
2 months ago

Not too hard. But not easy peasy either. May be easier to go counter clock wise, which is what we did. You would climb more in the first third and enjoy the more steady descent in the latter part.

Trails are pretty clearly marked. Beautiful all around. Many lakes. Weather changes quickly. Be careful with high altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Did the loop clockwise. Definitely a work out due to the altitude and the rocky trail. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

If I could give this a minus, I would. After the first half mile of maintained trail, this is scree, gravel, small rocks, medium rocks, large rocks, really large rocks. In short, both sides of the loop are a scramble up, over and around rocks and over rocks. THERE IS NOTHING FUN ABOUT THIS TRAIL! Most of the trail hasn't been maintained in years. There are so many wonderful, equally pretty hikes up there . This one should be a pass. Nice views, but those are everywhere. I think this trail should be CLOSED!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful! Definitely would recommend doing the counter clockwise loop! This is a hike with so many rewards all along the way. Definitely a new favorite.

backpacking
3 months ago

Decided to try this with my 8 and 6 year old sons. The length was right, but it was probably a good thing I didn't realize how steep it was or I probably wouldn't have chosen this one.
Having said that, the boys were awesome! they carried their own sleeping bags, clothes, and food/water, and complained very little! We ascended on the Scout Lake side & camped at Lofty and descended the next morning. About 2 1/2 hours up and 2 hours down; not bad with the little ones packing! All of the lakes at intervals on the trail kept them interested, engaged, and motivated. And when we got back to the car, they were so proud of themselves! It truly couldn't have turned out better (unless we hadn't lost our water filter!) but I wouldn't recommend it to kids under I generally unless you know they're tough!

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike, should be rated strenuous, not moderate as you do have a gradual incline for the first 2 miles, regardless of which route you take. Lots of loose rocks and steep steps make up the trail, I recommend trekking poles for those who are not considered very experienced hikers. Beautiful views, lakes, meadows and sounds but lots of bees, flies and mosquitos give this hike a 3/5 for me.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Comfortable hike with beautiful views!

fly fishing
4 months ago

Great relatively short loop hike with gorgeous views. Fishing was good in scout lake. I also did it counter clockwise as the East half has most of the vertical. Most flowers were in full bloom.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, we love loops! Prefer to do this counter-clockwise, so you get all the major climbing done upfront (not really bad) while you're fresh, then you're treated with a beautiful, gradual decline the rest of the way. Took us 3 hours with a very leisurely pace, stopping for pictures and water breaks. No snow on the trail when we went (as expected), but the bugs were thick. Lakes were crystal clear and the trail was easy to follow.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing! We chose the clockwise loop with an extra adventure to Ruth Lake. Taking our time for breaks at overlooks and lakes and many photo ops, it took us approximately 5 hours. Quite buggy in spots but totally worth it for the views, sweet sounds of birds chirping, minimal traffic, meadows and multiple lakes along the way. We'll definitely be returning to this trail.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike. Took us about 4 hours for the entire loop- that's with many photo stops and a quick snack break. We took counter clockwise loop- such a beautiful hike- will definitely do it again!

backpacking
4 months ago

I'd have to call this one difficult due to the erosion in the steep sections and the large strides required to navigate them, so I consider trek poles or a staff a must. The views are fantastic, with plenty of wildlife and lots of fish to watch at Lofty. If you want more of a challenge go clockwise, the elevation change is more consistent the counterclockwise route, at least until the last section at the pass. An awesome loop especially if a low crowd weekend is selected for it, with that in mind it's the reason for the 3 stars.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome technically difficult trail with tons of rocks up and down, but beautiful vistas that took us up to 11,000 ft. We would certainly do it again. Not real well marked deep into the trail, so we were grateful to have our "All Trails" app which we referred to several times. Great places to stop for picnic lunch along the way. It took us about 3 hrs at a moderate pace stopping for many picture opportunities!

4 months ago

stayed overnight at lofty lake with two 6 yearolds and one 8 year old. this was the last weekend in April. we went counter clockwize, and glad we did. otherwise we wouldn't have made it to the lake. there was tons of snow. Lofty was frozen over, and we found one spot to pitch our tents. it wasn't too cold, although in the morning the snow was solid as a brick. the hike down to Kamas was very snowy and a little exciting for the kids. we should have brought a sled. Fishing on Kamas was good until 10, caught 1 good sized cutthroat then we went home. kids loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

We started the loop counter clockwise, but when we got to the top of the trail where we were overlooking Lofty Lake, we decided to hike back down the way we had come. It was a beautiful hike. We'd hike this one again.