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20 Lake Trail Loop is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 954 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Lake Wild flowers Scramble Fee
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There is a $6 fee to use this trail. This isn't a maintained trail loop, and it ties a few existing trails together for the loop, so some off trail route finding is needed but is fairly easily done. With any Uintas hiking, bring bug spray depending on the season.

- There is a $6 recreation fee to use this trail, waived if you have a NPS annual pass (display in window). - The parking lot at the TH fills up VERY quickly. Do not park where it clearly says "No Parking", you will get a (well-deserved) ticket. There is an overflow parking lot down the road. It's about 1 mi away. - The groomed (South) portion of the trail is VERY busy. Lots of groups, families, dogs, anglers. Most people do the loop clockwise, so if you do it counterclockwise (the TH is just right of the picnic table) you will not be stuck with as many people. - The North (unmarked) portion of the trail is very difficult to follow. Bring a GPS if you can. Download the map ahead of time, there is no service there. There are no difficulties so even if you lose the trail you can always head South and you'll hit Clyde Lake, but the trail is very faint at best. From the Notch, you'll be able to barely make it out going West (if going CCW), but after 1/4 mi or so there isn't anything until the West side of Three Divide Lakes. Hidden Lake is great (lots of mosquitoes) but that's the only part that's a bit sketchy, where you have to do a bit of bushwhacking. - Superb camping opportunities along the North section, from John Lake to Hidden Lake.

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Jay Rosy
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Hiking

It was a nice place to get out and get a hike in. Nothing I would drag out-of-town friends to see however. Definitely layer if you are going to hit the trail early. Temps were at or below freezing and the wind was whipping pretty good through the area.

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Micah Olson
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Brandt Quirk-Royal
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Hiking

Outside of having to do some route finding the established trails are difficult to follow due to people creating their own trails around lakes/side trips to other lakes. Signage on FS trails are really poor. Lakes were alright, views were nice. Nothing super exciting but it was a good time.

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Matt Hansen
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Jim Spung
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Backpacking

Beautiful views. Did the loop clockwise and find that was less crowded. The trail disappears and becomes very difficult to follow a few miles in, but it was fun to explore and create you’re own path. Recommend this trail to those who don’t want to exert a ton of energy I would like to get out for most of the day.

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Barbara Moon
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Beautiful hike! We made it to Hidden Lake and tried to find our way back along the path, but ended up scrambling over rocks. We had downloaded the maps, but it still was tricky. After John Lake, we just went straight down (over lots of rocks) and joined the Clyde Lake trail for the rest of the loop. We lost count, but there are more than 20 lakes.

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Hannah Jung
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WalkingOff trail

Great trail with moderate elevation changes. Super doable. I did it in one day with a daypack but the majority of the people I saw there were camping. The lakes make the hike incredibly gorgeous and picturesque. The only thing is that the trail completely disappears after Clyde lake, you can still walk in that area and I did but it was confusing. I recommend skipping that portion and instead walking on a pathway around Clyde Lake that will take you to the next part of the loop.

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Kevin Critchfield
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Hiking

Beautiful area. We added lake ibantik and accidentally cut off the northwest corner of the hike above clyde lake, but it still turned out to be 12 miles so we weren’t too bummed. So many awesome lakes and great views. Great hike for dogs, especially if they like to swim. Not super strenuous, but still challenging enough. Good times!

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Mikala Jordan
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Hiking

One of my favorite Utah hikes. Completed 7/25/20. We left early (7am) and were the only people hiking until 10am or so when campers by the lakes started getting moving. The lakes were beautifully still in the morning. We cut through in between the second and third divide lakes. We saw two Mountains goats beyond the Notch approaching Ibantik Lake. We also put our binoculars up and saw a goat on a ledge way up on Notch Mountain! And the wildflowers were in peak bloom - saw somewhere around 20 different species. Great views (whether of lakes or cliffs or mountains in the distance) most of the loop.

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Steve & Alisa Poulson
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HikingRocky
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Christopher Rice
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Backpacking

The parking is ridiculously under serving for the popularity of these trails. We had to park a mile from the trail head. CROWDED!! The trail is BEAUTIFUL. Forested, cool, lots of lakes, lots of scenery. Easy enough for little nose miners and little dogs to enjoy.

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John Sanders
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took my 11 year old on his first 10 miler here today. the bushwhack to Hidden is easy if you navigate the app well and download the maps in advance. the user who created this loop took a few challenging routes that can easily be modified without a loss of mileage. probably one of my top 5 Utah Day hikes.

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Ty Lux
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BackpackingOff trailScramble

The off trail portion was more difficult than expected. This is truely off trail and we navigated mostly from land marks and lakes. Be prepared for some clambering over rocks and trees to find hidden lake. Other than that, the hike was beautiful and quiet. A few bugs but some bug spray did the trick.

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Axel Estable
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HikingGreat!Off trail

- There is a $6 recreation fee to use this trail, waived if you have a NPS annual pass (display in window). - The parking lot at the TH fills up VERY quickly. Do not park where it clearly says "No Parking", you will get a (well-deserved) ticket. There is an overflow parking lot down the road. It's about 1 mi away. - The groomed (South) portion of the trail is VERY busy. Lots of groups, families, dogs, anglers. Most people do the loop clockwise, so if you do it counterclockwise (the TH is just right of the picnic table) you will not be stuck with as many people. - The North (unmarked) portion of the trail is very difficult to follow. Bring a GPS if you can. Download the map ahead of time, there is no service there. There are no difficulties so even if you lose the trail you can always head South and you'll hit Clyde Lake, but the trail is very faint at best. From the Notch, you'll be able to barely make it out going West (if going CCW), but after 1/4 mi or so there isn't anything until the West side of Three Divide Lakes. Hidden Lake is great (lots of mosquitoes) but that's the only part that's a bit sketchy, where you have to do a bit of bushwhacking. - I only saw one other person on the unmarked section. Hundreds on the marked section. - Superb camping opportunities along the North section, from John Lake to Hidden Lake.

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Liesl Barnardt
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Hiking

Lost the trail a few times as it’s still pretty muddy and snowy in spots but overall a quiet hike and gorgeous. Mosquitoes are at their peak...

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Breck Tuttle
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Snowshoeing

There is still snow blocking the road to the trailhead just after Mirror Lake. We we able drive through some of the snowbanks and get to Washington Lake but there were no parking signs along the road. We parked at the stock parking and walked 1/5 mile to the trailhead. Still a lot of soft snow covering the trail. Approximately 95% of the trail is covered. Snow is very soft making snowshoe very desirable to keep from post holing as many non-snowshoes were doing. Snow was wet and heavy so if you want to keep your feet dry wear very good waterproof boots.

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Brian Kraus
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RunningOff trailRocky

Mid-October trail run was nice. Not many people. The off trail section is pretty easy to nav. Just nav lake to lake and use The Notch and Mt. Watson as your guides. A few of the off trail sections are difficult to run but worth it. Just go carefully. Had my dog with me too and she loved it.

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Steve Kitchen
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HikingIcySnow

This is one of the busiest areas of the Uintas. This turned out to be a great hike late season to avoid the crowds. However, some of the area was partially snow covered and most of the lakes were starting to freeze over. We still got some fishing in and caught a few. Here is the link to my trail video. https://youtu.be/6mcFPSYD2hs

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John Mendenhall
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HikingBugsRocky

Trail can be a little hard to find in some areas near 3 lakes pass. Great backpacking. Plenty of places to get water and camp. Great views. It’s pretty high—be ready for the altitude.

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Will Lewis
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Hiking

Great loop, has some less-traveled rough trail sections which makes things fun, beautiful views of a few alpine lakes and solid backpacking camp options.

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Breck Tuttle
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Hiking
First to Review

Back in the 70's I explored all these lakes when there were few if any social trails connected the lakes. Nice area to explore

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Savannah Simmons
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Hannah Hoke
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