Island Lake Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Island Lake Trail is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

From kamas, take the Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) 27 miles to Trial Lake Campground. Exit left (west) onto a paved road, and travel about a mile to a fork in the road. Then turn right (north) for another mile to the trailhead.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Really fun cliff jumping and beautiful views!

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail, I thought it was well marked despite the occasional rock field. Not too busy, beautiful cliffs above the lake

backpacking
26 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, trail is clear, hardly any traffic on weekdays. Stopped and set up my hammock at long lake, which is about the halfway point to Island lake.
Mosquitoes are vicious near the lakes though, packing some mosquito spray wouldn't be a bad idea!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike. Island Lake is beautiful and during the entire hike you pass a different lake every 15 or 20 minutes. Today, I just went straight from the Crystal Lake Trailhead as described in the AllTrails directions. You can just follow the signs to Island Lake and Long Lake. Long lake is about the halfway point. In total, it is 4 miles to Island Lake and another .5 miles if you want to get to the side of the lake with the cliffs, which you will want to do. In either direction, you can take the trail that runs by Weir Lake and Duck Lake to do part of the hike as a loop, but that will add a little bit to the mileage. The overall elevation gain is not that bad, but it is up and down in both directions, so don't use all your energy on the way to the lake. There was more snow than I would have expected, considering how hot June has been in SLC. The trail was wettest at the beginning and end of the hike, and there are trees down across the trail, but nothing that could be described as challenging. On the way back, there are a couple places where you could lose the trail if you don't pay attention. There was a large group camping by Long Lake, but only 2 gentlemen up at Island Lake. They had carried canoes up with them, which is pretty intrepid.

backpacking
2 months ago

Nice little trail, great fishing, expect other people camping near you.

backpacking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great experience. But we did not reach Island Lake. We were misled by a number of cairns. It is at least 4 miles one way.

hiking
11 months ago

trail running
Friday, August 05, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

The trail distance markers are completing wrong, they falsely advertise 3 miles to Island Lake from Crystal Lake and are spaced completely off. It's an okay hike.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As others have mentioned. Fun hike that gets steep on the final stretch up to Island Lake. much quieter during the week than the weekend. I will likely try this hike again in late summer.

hiking
Friday, August 28, 2015

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Love this lake. The trail is a bit of a scramble at times but well worth it for the views. Good fishing too.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015