Lofty Lake Loop Trail

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High Uintas Wilderness

Lofty Lake Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and fishing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 961 feet Route Type: Loop

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This hike starts at the Pass Lake Trailhead just on the Highway near Pass Lake. Start on the Weber River trail. After a short distance you will come to the Lofty Lake Trail on the right. Continue around .7 miles and you will come to the Cuberant Lake Trail junction but continue to the right past Kamas Lake 1.3 miles until you arrive at Lofty Lake less that 1 miles from Kamas Lake. Either return the way you came or continue up the pass and drop down to Scout Lake near a boy scout camp working south and west until you arrive back at the Weber river trail and return to you car.

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7 months ago

Most beautiful hike we have had in the Unitas. Not much more time to hike this one! Already a little snow and the lakes are frozen.

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7 months ago

Some light snow but still a beautiful hike. Not a single person on the trail.

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7 months ago

I enjoy doing this trail counter clockwise. You knock out the incline at the beginning and gradually go down the rest of the trail until the end. This is one of my favorite hikes in the Uintas. Seriously, every single view is stunning. Trail is sti great. A little snow on the north east side before (or after) kamas lake. Fall colors are incredible right now! 10/10 recommend this!

Great trail with amazing views. I lost track of how many lakes I saw and creeks, some already frozen. Go clockwise for a longer incline.

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7 months ago

Great Hike. Lots of variety. Started off on Weber Trail crossing meadows. Steeper after a couple of Miles. Quite some/ up and down. Several lakes along the trail. Will absolutely do it again. Just met very few people and started at about noon early October on a sunny bt chilly day.

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8 months ago

A beautiful day hike to wonderful views overlooking gorgeous lakes. Elevation change was about 3500 feet, and was just the right amount of challenge and varied scenery. We were disappointed not to see any wildlife, as it seemed like a good place for that. It was chilly at the top, with some snow.

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8 months ago

Great hike! Echoing almost everyone, clockwise is the best way to go. The counter-clock hike would have you doing several hundred feet of high stepping. My quads would have quit and gone home. No real tree color but lots of pretty stream crossings and spectacular views of lakes and valleys. Snow accumulation of a few inches on some of the trail already. No real bad ice patches, and no real need for waterproof boots. Walking sticks are a real help on the steep descent. Saw 8 other hikers.

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8 months ago

Loop starting and ending at the parking lot is 5 miles. Great views of several lakes and beautiful meadows. Would agree that clockwise is the way to go. **we did a full loop from the parking lot and it was longer and higher elevation than listed by a notable amount. Was between a moderate and hard hike. Mentioning this since I went with my mom who is 60. She was glad to have two walking poles since there is a lot of loose rocks up and downhill.

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rocky
8 months ago

I would rate this trail as advanced due to its 970+ ft elevation change. Some of the sections are somewhat technical. Agree with doing the loop clockwise as the descent is quite steep. Trail is well sign posted except for the trail fork where left trail (if going clockwise) gong downhill will take you to camp Steiner where it dead ends. Take the right turn which ascends up the mountain. Awesome high altitude hike

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8 months ago

Did this trail clockwise on Saturday. It was wonderful! I would definitely rate it moderate, but very do-able for us two 60ish women who hike. The elevation changes just give you the reason to stop, breathe a bit, and take in the incredible scenery. As already said below, this hike has it all -- meadows, lakes, mountains, trees. As also noted below, it is well signed, with the only "unsure" part where you need, after Kamas Lake, to go to the right on the trail across a bit of scree slope and the switchback up to get to Lofty Lake, rather than taking the trail down to the left (although the views from the rock overlook there are worth the little detour!). Am ready to go do this again!

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8 months ago

2.5 hours. Went clockwise so end was downhill. Beautiful mountain lakes.

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8 months ago

One of the best hikes we have done since coming out to Park City. The views and lakes are just incredible. We started the trail in a counterclockwise direction so the steepest elevation gains were in the beginning. It can be challenging at times and there is a lot of loose rocks so you have to watch your footing. The trails are not marked all that well so you have to pay attention or rely on AllTrails. Absolutely amazing.

8 months ago

5 stars! Lakes, mountains, meadows...this hike has it all. Simply stunning views wherever you look. Bring a picnic and/or your fishing rod. A quick loop is about 3 hours at a leisurely pace (5+ miles). Minimal traffic on the trail.

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8 months ago

went counter clockwise. that was a pretty tough rock scramble! Clockwise would seem to be the easier route. great hike, not many bugs.

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8 months ago

Our favorite hike so far! We ran into 4 other people the entire time. So many lakes, beautiful vistas and saw some snow! I would recommend hiking poles on parts of the trail.

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8 months ago

Fun lots of lakes.

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8 months ago

Beautiful hike. We enjoyed going counter clockwise for the scenery. Keep in mind the moderate trail because of a higher altitude.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike! We started at 6:30 am and had a beautiful brisk sunrise hike. Being Labor day, when we returned to the parking lot at 1:00 it was packed- but we ran in to very few people the whole hike. We spent 3 hours at Kamas lake and there was only one other family across the lake! We felt like we had the whole mountian to ourselves. Perfect beautiful day! No bugs at all, not a hard hike. We had 3 kids with us, 10-15 yrs.

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scramble
9 months ago

Beautiful lakes and our dogs loved it. The bugs were surprisingly not bad at all.

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rocky
9 months ago

Lots of traffic on trail on Labor Day weekend.

recorded Recording - Aug 31, 03:05 PM

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rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Great views. Lots of lakes and wildflowers. We recommend going counter clockwise.

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9 months ago

Great trail that can be looped in either direction; we went clockwise. Views of Scout lake from top of the rocks and down the valley are impressive. However, we had two AT recordings and both had elev gain at 1600’.

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rocky
9 months ago

This was an awesome loop. We started from Ruth Lake which was perfect. There are some pretty steep spots which weren’t super fun in the heat of the day but the views are great and it’s a good variety of scenery. Lots of lakes you can branch off to and a summit you could do as well. It was a pretty busy trail, lots of dogs.

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rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful day hike:)

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rocky
9 months ago

Gorgeous views lots of screw.

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9 months ago

grear trail. we did not find many bugs. views are great.

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

No bugs

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