Crater Lake and Johnson Reservoir Loop

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Crater Lake and Johnson Reservoir Loop is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Richfield, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles
1,148 feet

dog friendly


nature trips

trail running




From the Lake Creek Trailhead, the trail ascends to North Crater lake at an elevation of 9,500 feet on Mytoge Mountain. The trail then returns to the Lake Creek Trailhead on a loop passing near the Johnson Valley Reservoir.

1 month ago

Don’t let the name fool you. North Crater Lake is dried up and nothing but grass and cow shit. South Crater Lake is near dried up red muddy water, grass, and I am sure it has its fair share of cow shit in it as well. I did not make my way all the way down to it. The trail is decently marked from the Lake Creek TH but if you try to approach it from the backside (Splatter Canyon, Ivie Canyon/Crater Lake, Pole Canyon THs) it gets a bit confusing due to all the cattle trails.