High Creek Canyon Trail is a 11.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.6 miElevation gain3,566 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsSkiingDog friendlyForestLakeViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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RaeLynn Eliason
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HikingGreat!

The road to the TH is rough and a car could have trouble getting all the way to TH. Take a truck with clearance. Absolutely beautiful trail! I hiked this going to the waterfall first. It’s a dead end to the waterfall but totally worth it. You then double back and catch the trail or bypass the waterfall to begin with, and only go to the lake. Doing both adds 2-3 miles to the 11.3 hike to the lake. The trail wasn’t hard overall, but challenging in some spots towards the last mile or so. You’ll cross the creek several times on wooden bridges, which keeps things interesting. Eventually you get to beaver ponds and another small waterfall with gorgeous meadows and mountains around you. This is where the trail becomes more challenging and you think you should be at the highest point....but you’re not. The lake is small and nearly to the summit but beautiful and worth seeing. There was still snow in spots near the lake but not on the trail. I kept climbing to the summit where you get tons of views of the other side towards Tony Grove and the Bear Lake Valley. If you feel like connecting to the Tony Grove trail at the summit, it’s another 5 miles or so to finish at the parking lot of Tony Grove, if you had a car waiting. You can also see the summit if Cherry Peak from the summit of High Creek. The wildflowers were probably the most varied and abundant of all the hikes I’ve been on and quite stunning! . I would recommend this hike for sure! I was there on a week day in July and nearly alone. Some shade first few miles then full sun. Plan to be in the sun most of the hike.

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Jaelise Jensen
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HikingBugsRocky

Great hike! Road to TH is very narrow and rocky, TH parking lot is small. First 2.3 miles were easy and follow the creek. Some elevation gain puts you in another beautiful area of forest. Mile 3.6 we saw the beaver dam and trees start to dwindle as the trail leads into a giant meadow. Mike 4.3 you gain more elevation, with a small waterfall to your right at 4.5. Elevation gain really picks up after this and you hike through some gorgeous meadow to the rock face where you make two big pushes up to the lake. Some snow, mostly melted. The lake was at mile 5.95, and looked a bit like Sasquatch poo slew, but the rock face was beautiful as were the views. Take plenty of water or a filter to drink from the creek and or lake. Would not recommend this hike for those who are not somewhat experienced with good shoes.

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Carlos Alamilla
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Hiking

We flew in from Florida and planned to do this hike over multiple days. We started the trail late in the evening and found a spot to set up camp near the start of the trail. Since the weather forecast predicted lows of 50 at night, we decided to do hammocks instead of tents. In retrospect, we should’ve packed more cold weather gear or set up a tent instead of hammocks. We’re from Florida so we’re not used to the cold temperatures. We continued our hike up to high creek lake and stopped short of it to set up camp again. Also a cold night for us Florida boys. The next day we finally hiked up to see high creek lake and then cherry peak, then made our descent back to the trailhead. Overall, beautiful scenery throughout. Plenty of water sources for filtering drinking water. Trail was well marked. Very friendly hikers along the way. Would definitely recommend this hike to others.

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Danielle Miller
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HikingOver grownRocky

Did not finish the trail, beginner hikers and started the hike too late in the day. We started at 3pm and hiked until 7pm, we did about 8 miles total. There was a split about 1.5 miles in to either go left to see a waterfall or go right to hike the whole trail to the mountain top. We went right and we turned around at the first small lake with a gorgeous view of cherry peak infront of us. Definitely recommend this trail for anyone, bring plenty of water and snacks!

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Fina Withers
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Hiking

This was a gorgeous, peaceful trail, I would rate it closer to moderate. Only 2-3 other small groups of hikers I passed the entire hike. The trail was clear with very small muddy spots but these were not an issue.

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Sierra Ambrosek
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Backpacking

Beautiful trail! Backpacked it the weekend of 5/29. Camped near the base and it was around 40° at night. The trail is still very wet about 4 miles in towards the lake. I would not recommend camping up there. A storm chased us off doing getting to the lake, but we took the trail to the waterfall the next morning. There is a fork a mile or two onto the tail that houses a waterfall not long after. The sign also mentions there is another lake 4 miles past the first, perfect for backpacking. This trail had plenty of places to fill up water for filtering, although the snow run off makes it much to cold to swim. When we hiked this, we had to park 1.5 miles away from the trailhead because the gate was closed. The campsite below was packed.

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Collin Maki
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HikingMuddySnow

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done so far this year. Still snow at the very top so you can’t get over the pass unless you have snow shoes but you can get to the base of Naomi. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone

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rosemary richards
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Hiking

Absolutely love this hike , super fun river crossings

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Addison Smith
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HikingRockySnow
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Camiel Bruneel
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HikingMuddySnow

Only ones on the trail today. About 2/3 of the way on the trial it was muddy and the last mile had 4 inch of snow. The last third of the hike really increases in incline. Several times we thought we were about to walk up to the lake, but it wasn’t there so keep on following the trail and you will eventually run into the lake. The sign says 5.1, but we tracked it on Strava and it took 5.6. The lake had a thin layer of ice on it. Trees weren’t quite changing color.

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LaMar Hunsaker
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BackpackingBugsOver grown

We backpacked in and stayed the night. There is alot of bugs out, bring your deet! At our campsite there was alot of ants. Don't leave your shoes outside overnight unless you want it to become an ants nest. There is about 4 campsites at the lake. If you plan on filtering your own water, there is plenty of it along the way. This isn't an easy hike, make sure to come prepared, be safe out there! Hike on friends!

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Ryan Arkoudas
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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow

Still some snow just below High Creek Lake that covers the trail. A lot of snow around the north side of the lake but the trail up and out of the bowl is mostly clear. A couple of snow spots along the 1.5 mile section to the saddle just before the short trail to Naomi. The trail to Naomi's summit is pretty much covered with snow. We stayed higher, close to the ridge, and didn't have much trouble. Overall, the snow really slowed us down so take that into consideration. Still quite a bit of snow from the Tony Grove side too.

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Tyson Grover
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Hiking

too snowy to get to the lake right now

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Valerie Fuller
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Hiking

Beautiful, quiet secluded trail. Due to how lightly traffic this area sees, the trail gets overgrown quickly. Cool salamanders up at the lake. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.

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Savannah Stone
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Hiking

One of my all time favorite areas and cache valleys best kept secret. The trail is not well marked past the falls but the greenery and flowers are gorgeous! Make sure to go to the falls water source!

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Jennifer Aslett
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Sheri Bradshaw Hoth
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We hiked to the waterfall. Great trail pretty easy u til the last mile then it was moderate with more rocks and incline. The waterfall is beautiful!!! And at the top of the waterfall where the water comes out of the mountains had my kids in awe!!! Trail was mostly shaded. Great almost 5 mile hike to the waterfall and back.

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David Robinson
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Backpacking

My wife and I loved this hike along with staying 2 nights at the lake. This valley is very green and beautiful! The trail has a very gradual incline through the nicely shaded trees in the beginning next to the mountain stream. Once you hit the beaver ponds, the trail opens up into this meadow where you can see some cliff sides and water falls. The last 1/3 - 1/4 of the hike inclines a lot in elevation towards the lake. We found a spring running into the lake on the south East end. It provided very clean water to drink while we were there.

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Katelyn Mason
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Hiking

My husband and I with our 5 kids (ages 2-11) hiked up to the waterfall and back (about 6 miles total). We carried the 2-year-old most of the way, but our other kids did great! It was a really beautiful hike! I’d like to go back and go to the lake.

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Carly Lee
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Hiking

this trail is not heavily trafficked and most traffic is going to the waterfall, which forks to the left about a mile in. The terrain changes multiple times, and rates from difficult to moderate. There are gorgeous valleys on the way filled with flowers and stream crossing. My 8 year old made it about 4 miles up, and back with several breaks so you can take younger kids. We also always see wildlife, including rubber boas. Be ready to herd cattle out of your way here and there.

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Jake Neeley
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Backpacking

Loved the deep wooded area at the beginning and then the wide open bowls with super lush wild flowers, many beaver dams, small waterfalls and steep hiking up to the lake which was full of salamanders.

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Candace Deffendol
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Beautiful trail, but quite steep near the lake.

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