Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in High Uintas Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
10 hours ago

Backpacked past Ibantik and in to Meadow Lake at the beginning of August last year. Views from The Notch were amazing! Moderate hike with a few steep places but totally manageable. Wind was a bit fierce on day 2 but other than that, a great trip. Bring your fly rod.

backpacking
11 days ago

Did this hike last August. Stayed 3 nights perfect weather. Hiked in on a Monday passed a few people leaving but only had neighbors one night. A few groups hiked by. Hiked to Meadows lake one day, beautiful had the lake to ourselves all day. Based on the reviews planned on a lot of mosquitoes didn’t get a single bite. Also didn’t get a lot of bites from the fish. Hiked the meadows lake for the day. A few mountain goats did pass right by our camp.

Did this hike 2 years ago at the end of June. Still some snow in places on the trail. A few steep places going in and coming out. Fortunately, that keeps traffic at the lake to a minimum. Slept in hammocks at the lake a couple nights. Caught lots of fish and woke up to mountain goats in our campsite every morning. There’s a lot of dead trees which made it interesting sleeping in hammocks, especially with the nightly storms. Writing this review as I get ready for another trip here this summer.

backpacking
1 month ago

We decided to hike this one last year. It was the first hike I’ve done on the south slope. It sure seemed like a never ending uphill. The fishing wasn’t very good at Betsy or Mohawk. It appeared to me that this trail gets a lot of traffic. We had a group of annoying kids yelling across the lakes the whole time which was definitely a major annoyance. Overall this hike was ok and so I wouldn’t do it again. The drive up to the trailhead is pretty cool though. You drive right along the edge of this huge mountain and keep going up and up and up.

When the byway is closed, one can drive in only about 15 miles. At this point, there will be a road closed sign. There is a parking lot here. Many trucks come carrying their snowmobiles to use on the snow covered roads and trails. The main byway up to this point seems to be maintained by plows during the day (not at night), but the side roads to the campgrounds are not plowed, but some of the roads you can drive a little into depending on the type of vehicle you have and how much snow is still on the roads. I rated it 2 only because we did not have a snowmobile or skis or snowshoes to go into the trails, the rating would be better if we had any of those things to make the snow-covered roads more fun!

Gorgeous views, fabulous greenery when I went in July. Would definitely do it again

This is not a hike it is a drive but I do it all the time! Lakes ALL OVER THE PLACE! Definitely one to check out!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike today although it was snowing. Very beautiful and remote.

backpacking
7 months ago

This was a gorgeous, moderate hike to in with a few loose rock scrambles and some maneuvering through flocks of sheep. The lake itself proved to be the perfect place to camp for two nights with two dogs. I have provided a link to my blog post below, hope it helps!

https://www.kelseykagan.com/home/2017/8/22/kermsuh-lake-trail

fishing
8 months ago

Caught 6 trout on a fly with bubble and 2 with powerbait. Great spot.

We went from Kamas to Mirror Lake. There are many campgrounds and view point pull offs, though we did not explore them. There are many open ranges, so drivers have to watch out for cows on the road. We saw a dusting of snow on the hilltops, frost and ice patches around Mirror Lake. We saw a few trees showing fall colors.

backpacking
9 months ago

Fantastic place to backpack. Beautiful vistas, red butted, and lots of fish. My son and I were there 3 days. We had quite an adventure. While exploring we found someone's y2k bug out cache complete with a boat and oars. Was fun as always. The mosquitoes were few. The uintas didn't disappoint. 4 stars because of all the people camping next to the lake and having fires... Where is the Ranger when you need him.

backpacking
9 months ago

This lake is absolutely beautiful as well as the entire hike. There are many great views. The weather was great. It does get cold at night so a jacket is recommended even in the summer. We had a mountain goat come right through our camp and hang around for quite awhile. On the hike back the next day there were eight mountain goats climbing across a ledge and we were able to watch the young ones jumping back and forth amount the rocks and gaps. I highly recommend this trail. My eight year old daughter was even able to hike the whole thing.

backpacking
9 months ago

Great hike! Many lakes and wildflowers. We saw 3 adult mountain goats and 3 babies(kids) right by our camp site. Got really cold at night.
Hike was mainly hard towards the end getting to the notch then hiking down to Ibantik.

Very beautiful place to put up a hammock and relax by Mirror Lake. Don't come here for peace and solitude though.

backpacking
9 months ago

Perfect camp and the bottom of the trail. Little rocky trail, but beautiful.

Hard first mile uphill climb. Then drop in towards lake. You have to earn your lake visit. Good trail. Clean and beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

Was a very pretty hike. My 10 yr old daughter and I made it up to the lakes areas and she was in awe most of the way. There were several areas where the rocks were a little much. My daughter nearly rolled her ankles on the loose stones several times going up and on the way back. There were a lot of dogs, but we didn't see a single one that was a problem, most of the owners were really good to keep them near and clean up after them. All in all it was great daddy daughter date.

on Ibantik Lake Trail

9 months ago

Did this hike 8/3-8/5 stayed one day at ibantik and fished great hike in east to find and follow trail.

on Ibantik Lake Trail

backpacking
9 months ago

Awesome and very eventful 2 day backpacking trip. We started out Saturday morning at Crystal Lake Trailhead. 4.1 miles to Ibantik. So many pretty wildflowers and lakes on the way. The trail itself was awesome to hike. Pretty easy. The notch was the hardest part, and that isn't bad. We passed many people on our way in, and luckily only had 3 parties out at the lake Saturday night. We actually had a really close encounter with a family of 6 goats, who took a liking to our campground while we were at the lake.

We got to jump in the lake a couple times, and headed back out Sunday morning. There was a search and rescue out there for a man missing for about a week. Please be prepared with GPS and maps when you go into the woods folks!

backpacking
9 months ago

Hiked in for 4 days with my wife and kids. (14 year old daughter and 13 year old son). What a great family vacation, we hiked over 25 miles. We lucked out and never got rained on once. We were prepared but it was nice not having to pull out the rain gear. Beautiful scenery, lakes, ponds and streams all over the place. We can't wait to go back.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this hike on 7/31/17. I started at the ibantik lake trail head where the crystal lake parking lot is. The trail itself wasn’t bad at all. The hardest part was getting up the notch, but even then I didn’t find it that difficult. The views from the notch are awesome! Ibantik lake was surprisingly crowded tho. On my way back I ended up taking the Clyde lake trail so it looped around and ended back at the crystal lake trailhead. This is a great hike if you wanted a quick day hike or a long one you can spread it it as fast or as long as you’d like. A bunch of different lakes to explore and check out.

Really fun hike. Super easy with pretty views. The lake is kind of small, but there are awesome places to camp all around it. Perfect for a short little backpacking trip. My only gripe would be the first half of the hike is heavily trafficked. Lots of horse poop to avoid.

best hike this year

backpacking
10 months ago

This is a really beautiful and easy backpacking trip. It is about 4m one way in to Ibantik. It has become very crowded over the last couple of years. Get there early to pick a good spot.

camping
10 months ago

Is it just me or is it starting to get crowded here?

10 months ago

Scenic hike. The first mile is pretty mellow and then the climb is pretty constant. The lake was super crowded, 30ish people or so and everyone was within 50 feet of each other. Bugs were moderate and went dormant during the night.

Great hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Fairly easy, took my 9, 7 and 3 year old boys with no problems.

Beautiful scenery and not too many people.

hiking
10 months ago

Did a day hike on 7/13/17 and explored grandaddy, Betsy, Mohawk and fish hatchery lake. Grandaddy Basin is one of my favorite places in the High Uintas to explore. There are a ton of places to go off and explore and hike. This time of year the mosquitos are horrible. When we got up to fish hatchery lake we had planned to stop and eat lunch but the bugs were so bad we were forced to leave and eat somewhere else. Later in the year this place is perfect tho. After you get up over Hades Pass it’s pretty easy going for the most part.

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