Big East Lake

easy 21 reviews

Big East Lake is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Payson, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly



nature trips

paddle sports


bird watching



partially paved


From Nephi, Utah travel east on 100 North to Forest Road 015 (Nebo Loop Road) and turn left. Travel on Nebo Loop for approximately 24.5 miles and turn left on Forest Road 018. Travel into the campground on Forest Road 018. From the intersection of Center Street and Main Street in Santaquin travel on Center Street South. Continue on Center street which becomes Canyon Road and then Forest Road 014. Travel on this road approximately 9.1 miles. Turn left to stay on Forest Road 014 and travel 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 015/Nebo Loop Road and travel 4.7 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 018 and follow to the campground.

8 months ago

Beautiful walk around the lake!! Excellent views of the mountains and easy for a toddler to walk on.

11 months ago

Paved trail that encircles the lake. Great way to get some altitude walking in with the family as the paved trail allows for use of a stroller and great for all ages. I have done this “trail” each year that I have lived in Utah as it is so peaceful, unfortunately, I have not been there since the fires last year tore through this area so it’s possible that some of its beauty is no more.

Mon Sep 03 2018

We “hiked” the paved one mile loop around the lake and then fished. Really beautiful and not that busy, even for Labor Day. I personally think Tibble Fork Resevoir is more beautiful, but it’s also windy and sand gets blown everywhere up there. Big East Lake was quiet and not windy. Really loved it, as did my three kids!

Sun Sep 02 2018

Easy stroll, very scenic. Didn’t get a chance to explore as much as I’d like to, so will probably return again later

Thu Aug 02 2018

This was a nice, easy, and beautiful paved trail. It’s less of a hike and more of a leisure walk for the whole family to take in the sights and enjoy. Plenty of benches and picnic tables, so be sure to pack a lunch!

Fri Jul 06 2018

A very well maintained paved walking path around the lake. The best time to be up there is in the fall. The colors are incredible. We were there on a weekday and had the lake to ourselves. The path is pretty much flat and can be done with a stroller or wheelchair.

Sun Jun 17 2018

beautiful. we camped at one the campsites nearby and strolled the lake during the evening. it was a lovely weekend. bugs weren't too bad, thankfully, and it was nice to get away from the hubbub of the city... will definitely consider going back!!

Fri Jul 28 2017

Easy and stunning.

Sun Jul 23 2017

Super easy, lots of people but a nice getaway. Bring mosquito spray!

Mon Jul 03 2017

We really enjoyed the trail around the lake. Very kid friendly.

Mon Jul 03 2017

Went on a walk around the lake today (Sunday) and it was filled with people hiking, boating, skipping rocks, fishing, and just relaxing. And it was wonderful. The weather was fantastic, it was cloudy and only a little sunny. There was a breeze and it felt great. Highly recommend for leisure activity.

Sat Jul 01 2017

The walk around Big East Lake is gorgeous! We brought the fishing poles and fished until 10pm when the day-use area closes. We'll definitely be back.

Mon Jun 12 2017

Beautiful, easy , relaxing.. makes a for a perfect day away.

Wed Jun 07 2017

Great 'hike' (walk) for kids - nice scenery and paved path you can drive right up to. Grotto Falls is only 5-10 minutes down the road and is similarly simple/beautiful, so they're a good combo in a single day, even with kids!

Sun Oct 02 2016

Walked around the lake and took some pictures. I was planning on getting the geocaches around the lake, but was talking too much and was only able to get one geocache at the very end. It’s a nice easy walk. The fall leaves looked colorful.

Sat Jun 04 2016

This paved walkway goes around the lake. fun easy hike for children

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