Ibantik Lake Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Ibantik Lake Trail is a 6.4 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 June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Kamas, take the Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) 27 miles to the Trial lake. Exit west onto a paved road, and travel about a mile to a fork in the road, Then turn north for another mile to the trail-head.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful! All the way! So many lakes along the trail from the Crystal Lake TH, with mountain views. As of 6/12/18 there was one snow patch just below the notch, then 80% snow or water down to Lavona Lake. Otherwise simply beautiful!

backpacking
8 days ago

Hiked and set up camp the night of June 12. Amazing stars and not too cold. Trout made it their life goal to taunt me by revealing their colored scales but not bite. Amazing views and saw only 6 other people camping there but it was very isolated. No mountain goats :(

backpacking
26 days ago

Backpacked past Ibantik and in to Meadow Lake at the beginning of August last year. Views from The Notch were amazing! Moderate hike with a few steep places but totally manageable. Wind was a bit fierce on day 2 but other than that, a great trip. Bring your fly rod.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this hike last August. Stayed 3 nights perfect weather. Hiked in on a Monday passed a few people leaving but only had neighbors one night. A few groups hiked by. Hiked to Meadows lake one day, beautiful had the lake to ourselves all day. Based on the reviews planned on a lot of mosquitoes didn’t get a single bite. Also didn’t get a lot of bites from the fish. Hiked the meadows lake for the day. A few mountain goats did pass right by our camp.

1 month ago

Did this hike 2 years ago at the end of June. Still some snow in places on the trail. A few steep places going in and coming out. Fortunately, that keeps traffic at the lake to a minimum. Slept in hammocks at the lake a couple nights. Caught lots of fish and woke up to mountain goats in our campsite every morning. There’s a lot of dead trees which made it interesting sleeping in hammocks, especially with the nightly storms. Writing this review as I get ready for another trip here this summer.

fishing
9 months ago

Caught 6 trout on a fly with bubble and 2 with powerbait. Great spot.

backpacking
10 months ago

This lake is absolutely beautiful as well as the entire hike. There are many great views. The weather was great. It does get cold at night so a jacket is recommended even in the summer. We had a mountain goat come right through our camp and hang around for quite awhile. On the hike back the next day there were eight mountain goats climbing across a ledge and we were able to watch the young ones jumping back and forth amount the rocks and gaps. I highly recommend this trail. My eight year old daughter was even able to hike the whole thing.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great hike! Many lakes and wildflowers. We saw 3 adult mountain goats and 3 babies(kids) right by our camp site. Got really cold at night.
Hike was mainly hard towards the end getting to the notch then hiking down to Ibantik.

10 months ago

Did this hike 8/3-8/5 stayed one day at ibantik and fished great hike in east to find and follow trail.

backpacking
10 months ago

Awesome and very eventful 2 day backpacking trip. We started out Saturday morning at Crystal Lake Trailhead. 4.1 miles to Ibantik. So many pretty wildflowers and lakes on the way. The trail itself was easy to hike. The notch was the hardest part, steady incline for awhile, gorgeous at the top, then a beautiful decline on the other side. We passed some groups on the way there, some with horses.

At Ibantik, only a few parties were camped out there. We had a really close encounter with a family of 6 goats. We were sitting by the water looking for them up on the mountain, and we turned around and they had completely invaded our campsite!! I was a little nervous but they were peaceful. We got to jump in the lake a couple times, and headed back out Sunday morning. Great trip. 10/10 would do it again.

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike on 7/31/17. I started at the ibantik lake trail head where the crystal lake parking lot is. The trail itself wasn’t bad at all. The hardest part was getting up the notch, but even then I didn’t find it that difficult. The views from the notch are awesome! Ibantik lake was surprisingly crowded tho. On my way back I ended up taking the Clyde lake trail so it looped around and ended back at the crystal lake trailhead. This is a great hike if you wanted a quick day hike or a long one you can spread it it as fast or as long as you’d like. A bunch of different lakes to explore and check out.

backpacking
10 months ago

This is a really beautiful and easy backpacking trip. It is about 4m one way in to Ibantik. It has become very crowded over the last couple of years. Get there early to pick a good spot.

10 months ago

Scenic hike. The first mile is pretty mellow and then the climb is pretty constant. The lake was super crowded, 30ish people or so and everyone was within 50 feet of each other. Bugs were moderate and went dormant during the night.

backpacking
11 months ago

The bugs near Meadow lake were HORRIBLE! Bring a Thermacell even if you have to sell your car to get one. Such a beautiful area and the hike is only challenging near the notch.

trail running
11 months ago

Two words: BUG SPRAY. Trail is extremely crowded until you get up past the Notch. Then the number of people thins out drastically. There is still some snow on the downward trail after the notch so watch for the switchbacks to stay on the trail. SUPER runnable. Went all the way up to Meadow Lake/Seymour Lake for a total 12 mile round trip.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike. Loved the cliffs. Not too crowded. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trail on the Ibantik side of Notch. Fishing was spotty. Great overnight backpack trip. We plan to do it again.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful hike! So many ponds and lakes. The kids loved it. 70% of the trail was covered in snow but we were able to still find our way.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful! The best part is hiking around to the nearby lakes after you reach Ibantik. We staged a car higher up on the road so we could hike a different route out; I highly suggest it!

backpacking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beautiful trail, passing several lakes along the way. Moderately busy, but definitely worth it.

backpacking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Camped down by Wall lake and fished one of the smaller lakes, and no bites. Probably fished pretty hard there. Went up to Ibantik and on to Seymour Meadow Lake. The fishing at Meadow lake was lights out. Every cast was a bite. At Ibantik there were mountain goat hanging out on the cliffs. Was well worth the hike up

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Started late on Sunday to avoid crowds. Beautiful scenery. Too many cows in the meadows. Easy hike with beautiful scenery. Worth it to take a light rod for some catch and release. Plenty of wildlife along the way. Nothing difficult on the trail. Trail is golden as it gets close to dusk.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This was a fun trail that was a pretty good length and difficulty for most backpackers. My GPS recorded just over 4 miles one way to ibantik lake. It was pretty full so I set up camp just above the lake under the boulderous mountains, about .5 away. the next day I hiked to meadow lake, which was about 1.5 away from ibantik. I highly suggest setting that lake. its less busy and very beautiful, the main difference was the mountains were a little further from the lake, but still visible. It would have been nice to camp there, but there weren't many flat spots. Setting up a hammock was prime.

backpacking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Fun trail for a quick overnight trip. Perfect for any age group and worth the view at the end. When we were there the fish really weren't biting but it was a fun trip either way.

camping
Friday, July 22, 2016

A hidden gem nestled atop the mountains. I originally planned to hike up to Seymour Meadow Lake from the trailhead near Trial Lake but as soon as I came upon Ibantik I knew this is where I was going to be staying for the night. This little lake is a must see for anyone wanting to go hike through the Uintahs and at 10,200 feet, it truly feels like you're on the top of the world. Fishing wasn't the best but I did catch a tasty little 10 inch Brook Trout.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

A great hike. This one really has a little of everything in it and there's beauty in literally every direction. A must!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Stunning. We took our 2 dogs and lost count of how many lakes we passed on our way to Ibantik lake (maybe 8 or more lakes). The first 2.5 miles is uphill until you reach the saddle and then the last 1.5 miles is downhill all the way to lake. My garmin watch clocked 4.25 miles one way. Bring plenty of bug spray because that is the only negative thing about this hike. We camped at the lake and there are plenty of spots. We even woke up to a heard of 10+ mountain goats!!!!

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great trip, a Uintah classic.

camping
Monday, June 20, 2016

Fantastic hike. The Notch still had some snow and parts of the trail were buried, sometimes for several hundred feet making it a bit difficult to get down the far side. The lake was beautiful and it was much warmer than we were expecting for so early in the season. The lower lakes seemed to have much more ice on them then the higher ones.

hiking
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Our family loved this trail (our 4 kids, ages 12, 11, 9, and 6 did awesome). We made a loop by starting at the Crystal Lake trailhead, hiking to Wall Lake, Lovenia Lake, Bench Lake, Notch Lake, then from the Bald Mountain TH my husband hitch hiked back to Crystal Lake to get our truck. We saw 7 adults and 4 baby mountain goats at the top of Notch Pass. So cool! We camped on the west side of Ibantik Lake and I can't stop raving about how beautiful it was. We had done a loop near Big Elk Lake in July and were eaten alive by mosquitoes. This time around we literally only saw one of those awful blood suckers. That could be due to the season/temperature or the fact that we soaked our clothes in diluted Permethrin before this trip. We did this trip in two days/one night bad highly recommend it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ibantik is a great destination lake, or as a stop along a larger route. Campsites are good on the west and east sides of the lake. Nestled in an alpine cirque providing a classic Uinta backdrop. The fishing is decent though not phenomenal. The hike is not terrible at all. The pass through the "notch" though uphill is easily gained and not a long affair. The hike back down into Ibantik is pleasant. A bit large by Uinta standards (though smaller than several in the area) Ibantik is not as quaint, however, the cirque of looming peaks behind Notch Mountain do a lot to make the lake feel farther away than it really is.

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