Castle Lake Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,877 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Yellow Pine Trailhead: The trailhead is at a large signed parking lot that is located on the north side of Highway 150 6.5 miles east of Kamas. This trailhead is accessible year-round. Upper Setting/Castle Lake Trailhead: This trailhead is a little tricky to find. The route begins from the Upper Setting Road. This road is posted with a sign, and is located on the north side of the highway, 8.7 miles east of Kamas. The lower half of this un-paved road is suitable for passenger cars, but the upper half is suitable only to high clearance vehicles. This is the easiest way to find the trailhead: Follow the main road to it's end. There are many side tracks branching from the main road. Turn around at the end of the road, backtrack, and take the second 4wd track that branches from the north (right when backtracking) side of the main road. Drive (or walk) north along this track and take a left at a junction. This track heads west a short distance. Park at the vehicle barrier trench located next to a pond.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

The Lake was very pretty with all the snow. Patches of snow begins around 8,000 ft. Needed snowshoes at approximately 8,400ft. Snow was soft enough in shady places to sink to knee deep.

Lovely hike. Trail turnoff to Castle Lake at approx 4 mi in is faint and easy to overlook. (Follow Cairns.) RATING KEY 5 stars = spectacular hike 4 stars = lovely hike, would happily do again 3 stars = enjoyed the hike (worthwhile), but not inclined to revisit

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is mostly clear of snow. Fork at yellow pine is a bit hard to spot. After the fork look for cairns, as the trail cant be seen. Several muddy spots and water crossings, but nothing too hard. Views of Timpanogas in the background. Lake is big and water was clear. Very few bugs!

hiking
Sun Jun 03 2018

I really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful views all around. When the trail forks it is pretty tricky to follow. It was an adventure trying to find the next cairns or ribbons on the trees or cut logs marking the path. We didn't see anyone all day until we had hiked out almost to the bottom. The lake was beautiful and definitely worth the trip. Pretty tough trail though with all the rocks but pretty much clear of snow.

hiking
Mon Nov 13 2017

There are certainly better hikes in the Uintas but still worth exploring. As a destination Castle Lake is nice but not great. It might be less crowded here than some of the nicer spots - it was deserted in November. After departing from the Yellow Pine Trail this gets a bit difficult to follow. Especially if there is snow. Look for a talus slope below Castle Peak, just to the SE of this the trail climbs the slope across from the rocky buts.

hiking
Wed Jul 19 2017

After the first little bit of the stretch it starts to get really gorgeous. You are in alot of shade with a river running along side the trail. Quite a few Rocks through out the trail for ppl thinking about biking it. I absolutely loved it.

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Sun Jun 18 2017

Be warned; the water is really high once you get to mile 4. There are water crossings. Never cross deep/fast moving water. Additionally the trail disappears around mile 5. Do not wander off trail without proper orienteering skills.

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