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Mary Scott reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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Well maintained, abundant

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Hiking

Nice easy/moderate trail, made a little harder by the elevation, as the entire trail is very near the tree line. I’m sure it’s spectacular in a non-drought year with no wildfire smoke. All trails in the area are limited to foot and horse traffic but good luck telling that to the throngs of local atv riders.

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HikingGreat!

Great hike with very few people on the way. Download the map just so you don't get lost. Also, be aware that there are bears there, we saw a bear paw marking and bear poop on the way. The lake was kind of empty but there is a point where the mountains get insane, beautiful views totally worth the effort. It ended up being 14 miles and we did it in one day. Also, make sure to take your rain jacket, it was hailing on our way back.

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Did this in two parts. One day hiked to Blue lake trailhead and back. Day two drive up farther to the mud lake trailhead, AllTrails doesn’t give this as an option. Mud lake to Bluelake is stunning and slow going coming back because of the elevation hike back out. Incredible and a must do if you are in the area. Allow about 5-6 hrs, to enjoy the lake. I saw deer and lots of bobcat tracks at the lake.

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HikingBugsWashed out

Lmao we did this trail knowing nothing about it because we were camping and had no service. 1) there’s no lake at the top 2) cow pies everywhere 3) you will be hiking with cows, one stalked us the whole way lol Not a hike I’ll return to, but it was good for a few laughs along the way.

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Ron Halls reviewed Puffer Lake Trail
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Great trail and well maintained. First mile is moderate elevation climb then levels out and follow ridge line. Beautiful views.

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HikingGreat!

We camped above Big John Flat then did this hike as a day hike. Spectacular views, great trail and not very many people. If you do not have a trailer and want good camping, I suggest the camping just beyond the trailhead. The sites are more private with less car traffic. Did this with our dog and there were a number of running streams along the way for her to drink from. We plan to come back and do this as a multi day trip to camp at Blue lake than climb up Baldy. Highly Recommend!!!

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HikingOver grown

We did 15 miles total out to the lake and back. It was a really awesome hike with amazing views, and we really loved this trip. It’s one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. We did it as a 3 day backpack, hiking 7.5 miles to the lake the first day, staying at the lake on day 2, and hiking out on day 3. Parts of the trail are not well maintained and you have to watch your step due to the steepness down below, but we managed it fine. There is about 1600 ft of elevation each way and this is a pretty hard hike, but very rewarding too! Would highly recommend

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Eric Rosenthal reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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Hiking

I started off on the loop and then turned on to the Fishlake Hightop trail after I got bored just walking along the lake. Not that the lake isn't pretty and pleasant. This is a nice area, and the high elevation means it is cooler in the summer.

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BackpackingOff trailSnow
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Started this June 6th. Did the recording on the way in, but didn't have enough phone battery to track the way back. The gate to the yurt and Trailhead was closed, but only a little more than a mile back. Also must note that the map shows 13 miles out and back, when it's really 16 miles, 18 for me due to the closed gate. Another thing, alltrails has it listed as Bass Lake, but on the forest service maps and signs, it's called Blue Lake. Trail was easy to follow for the first half+. Snow at the higher elevations and very shaded areas forced us to go around some spots, but alltrails allowed us to get back on track easily. Highly recommend calling the Fishlake Beaver district for weather updates before going, 435-438-2436 . I did, and was I was advised of a good chance of rain. Little did we know, it was not rain, but about an inch of snow dropped on us during the night. We came prepared for wet weather, so it was not a problem. Even considering all that, we had an incredible experience. Awe inspiring views. A challenging, but extremely rewarding hike. My dog was right along with us and had a great time. Only wild life we saw were small critters, a few deer and elk, and a porcupine! Although didn't see any bears, did see a few piles of scat on the trail near the lake. So be bear aware! Regarding areas to set up camp, there are a few spots along the way not far from the trail, but if you are wanting to camp near the lake, the trail ends at the North side of the lake, and there is a lot of flat areas to set up a tent, and found a fire pit from a previous camp.

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HikingBugsRocky

The name of the trail is misleading, there is no crater lake at the top, just mushy grass where there might have once been a lake. With that being said I still think it’s worth the walk up. It’s shaded with beautiful trees all the way up and the views at the top are stunning. The biggest issue is the trail isn’t marked very well after you get to the crater and it is super easy to get lost so I would suggest turning back around the way you came to avoid spending an extra 3 hours just trying to find where the trail went.

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HikingBugsRocky

Same as other review. We did the full loop in May and it’s just a dried up lake that has been destroyed by cattle. The Johnston Reservoir side of the trail says it’s a road but there is no way any vehicle could get up there and the trail has not been maintained. Lots of downed trees and big rocks.

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David Grubin reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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Backpacking

Awesome trail. Amazing views of fish lake all the way around. Some snow left in May so not a winter trail.

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Geri D reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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HikingRocky

Just completed an overnight backpacking trip on this loop. Started at the south end of the lake and parked near the end of Forest Service Rd 060 (4x4 and high clearance are needed to reach the end of this road). Walked counter-clock wise and tackled the climb at the beginning of the hike, and camped about 9 miles in at the north end of the lake, just at the end of the aspens. Much of the west side of this trail goes along the lake shore and passes several lakeside resorts and marinas. The east side is secluded and through a pine forest. In early May '20 there were many patches of snow remaining, but nothing that required microspikes. Beautiful views along the entire trail. Recorded 18.5 miles and 2011 ft elevation gain on my alltrails app.

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Dawn Page reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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Hiking

Excellent option for fall color. Very lightly traveled and a great view of Pando, a 106 acre aspen clone, with a common root system, believed to be one of the largest living things on the planet and among the oldest. We just walked the portion from Pando to the overlook. The trail is well maintained and a beautiful walk around a vivid blue lake. Switchbacks to the overlook ascend from 9000 to 10000 feet at a rapid rise. Two benches along the way help with the high altitude huffing and puffing. This hike is a hidden gem.

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Kenny D. reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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Hiking

A tough hiking trail with some heavy switchbacks on the east side of the lake, but completely worth it.

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Shawn Evans reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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HikingRocky
First to Review

This is not a good trail for mountain biking. Very rocky once you hit the eastern hillsides.

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Paul Ferrari reviewed Puffer Lake Trail
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HikingMuddySnow

easy. But impassible if snow is deep due to deep snow and off-camber Road. would probably be a ton of fun in the summer. Has some nice creek crossings and some nice views of the valley

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Don’t let the name fool you. North Crater Lake is dried up and nothing but grass and cow shit. South Crater Lake is near dried up red muddy water, grass, and I am sure it has its fair share of cow shit in it as well. I did not make my way all the way down to it. The trail is decently marked from the Lake Creek TH but if you try to approach it from the backside (Splatter Canyon, Ivie Canyon/Crater Lake, Pole Canyon THs) it gets a bit confusing due to all the cattle trails.

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Marcus Batley reviewed Fish Lake Mountains
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Hiking

Very steep sections on the way up. Don't take teenagers that aren't into hiking. Scouts got tired after 2 miles and went back.

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Steve Osburn reviewed Puffer Lake Trail
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Backpacking
First to Review

Great 5 mile hike from trail head parking lot to Puffer Lake, Utah. This is a section of the Skyline National Recreation Trail. There is running water in August to fill canteens (38.34990, -112.37372 and more water at 38.34646, -112.37192). This is an "up & back" trail, so going to Puffer Lake is mostly going down hill. Plenty of camping at lake. Very pretty. WARNINGS: Almost the entire trail is at 10,000 ft. so expect immediate fatigue. Also, DO NOT MISS FORK in the trail at (38.34186, -112.36347) or you will find yourself on top of Lake Peak at 11,300 ft. as we did.

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Shawn Stephens reviewed Fish Lake Mountains
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Hiking
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The Sevier county highpoint is Fish Lake Hightop. The high point is just north of the popular, and aptly named, Fish Lake. The most commonly hiked route to the summit is via Pelican Canyon, from near the lake. The Pelican Canyon route is about 8.5 miles and 2500' of gain to reach the summit. A much shorter approach is via Hancock Flat, and is the route described here. Using this route shortens the hike to about 7 or 7.5 miles and an easier 1100' of gain. Those with ATV's or jeep skills can drive to less than a mile and a couple of hundred feet of the summit. Fish Lake Hightop is similar to the Aquarius Plateau to the south. Once on top, it is a gently rolling, remarkably flat plain at 11,000'. The area is stunning in the fall when the leaves begin to change, but a good hike from spring through fall. The road to the trailhead should be accessible by most all vehicles. Even though most of the hike is on a 4x4 road, it is infrequently traveled and still offers a great day out.

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Brian Cox reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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Jenny N reviewed Fish Lake Loop
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