Big Elk Lake Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Big Elk Lake Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until August.

DISTANCE
16.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2959 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Kamas, go 158 miles west on Highway 150 to Forest Road 035 and turn left, This road climbs onto Norway Flats. Norway Flats Road starts innocently enough as it turns off of Highway 150, but it forks several times where there are no markers and the maps don't show. Stay with the road that shows the most wear until you are about 6 miles from Highway 150: turn right (east). If you stay on the road most traveled (to the left), you will end up at a beaver pond just below Hourglass Lake. This is the wrong starting place. Go back to the road that turned east and follow it down to the trailhead. You may need a four-whel vehicle to cover the last mile to the trailhead.

1 month ago

This trail is also accessible from the trial lake trailhead parking lot. (Gps photo attached) Perfect hike for an overcast and cool day. Rarely see anyone. You'll hike past multiple lakes before climbing to the top of the mountains. Then hike over the mountain tops before dropping down to Big Elk Lake. Hiking the last stretch on a hot and sunny day is exhausting.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Easy going until the last 1/2 mile. great fishing.

hiking
2 months ago

The directions above are incorrect. If you go 158 miles west of Kamas you will be someplace in Nevada! FR 035 begins 10.5 miles east of Kamas on highway 150. After the first mile or two it becomes extremely rough. We made it about 4 miles in our 4wd Tacoma before we gave up - just too hard on the vehicle and our bodies! You will need 4wd to even attempt this road at all, and very high ground clearance. And a lot of time. Very slow going.

3 months ago

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

I would not call this an easy trail. Advanced 4WD to get in from Mirror Lake Hwy (we hiked the last 2.5 miles), trail not clearly marked, super marshy areas. Beautiful hike and rough road keeps out the masses.

hiking
Saturday, July 04, 2015

This road is really really bad. I have a lifted, high clearance (xterra) vehicle and I had a slow difficult time getting to the trail head. It is a very pretty lake but I don't think I will ever drive up there again.

hiking
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

There are better lakes in the Uintah's. Mosquito's were brutal.

fishing
Friday, July 18, 2014

My friend and I planned a trip to Little Elk Lake, then a hike to Big Elk Lake. The road is definitely a four wheel drive road, need to be better marked, It's hard to follow the well used road when nobody has been there for a long, long time. the last sign for 035 point the wrong way and we drove right past Little Elk Lake and no signs of a trail for Big Elk Lake. If you go take your map and compass.

hiking
Sunday, March 17, 2013