Abes Lake Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Abes Lake Trail is a 8.1 mile out and back trail located near Oakley, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

lake

From Oakley, head east on the Weber River Road. Follow it about 11 miles until the pavement ends. The road forks there, and the main road swings to the right (south) toward Smith-Morehouse Reservoir. Don't go that way. Stay on the dirt road that goes east, which will end at Holiday Park.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a remote trail in the NW corner of the high Uintas. It begins at Gardners Fork trailhead which gets light traffic. You'll probably have the trail all to yourself. However, the trail appears to get enough traffic that it's seldom overgrown, even in late summer. The trail starts out steep and rough, then descends briefly on moderate terrain to the 1st river crossing. Between the 1st and 2nd crossing is relatively smooth single track for the middle third of the trail. At the large cairn (see photos), take a left at the obvious fork in the trail. This marks the start of the Abes Lake side trail. You'll then immediately make the third and final river crossing, which marks the beginning of the steep and rocky climb to Abes Lake. It's rarely loose, with good footing, but makes for a challenging technical descent for runners. The three river crossings had many logs and large rocks for relatively easy crossing without getting wet. You should definitely have no problem at the end of summer (late July/Aug/Sept), though it might be a problematic in spring or early summer with lots of snowmelt. The trail is clearly defined except for a few sections on the steep climb up to Abes Lake. Wander a little to the left and right if you seem to lose your way, keep an eye out for the numerous small cairns, and you'll be able to find your way with a little basic route-finding.

hiking
8 months ago

Whatever you do... DON'T try to access the trail in the winter with a truck. You will get stuck. Didn't make it to the trailhead. Five star rating for the experience.

backpacking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Super mellow trail until the last two miles, then you get your real workout in

backpacking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Relatively short but challenging trail. Early July made for challenging river crossings with full packs. Lots of deadfall present for the ascent to Abe's Lake after the final river crossing. I'd rate this trail as challenging rather than moderate. Sparse camping options at the lake but beautiful views.

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

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Monday, July 03, 2017