Red Lake Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Red Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
905 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

The Red Lake Trail begins on a gradual incline through a large grove of maple trees. It rounds a point and begins its descent into a drainage, then crosses the stream and starts back up the other side. The trail soon levels out and winds through the maples, gradually climbing to the conifers that surround Red Lake.

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8 days ago

Red Lake is a destination point but not much of a lake. Over the years its filled in with reeds and in mid-to-late summer its pretty much a dried up mud hole. It's worth visiting in spring and a good hike at other times, but the lake is not as scenic.
For a longer, more challenging hike to this lake (and no parking fee) you can start at the gravel parking lot near the base of the canyon next to the natural gas station and corrals. Go through the gate at the corrals and follow the gas line trail up the hill, past Maple Dell scout camp, and continue up the steep switch-backs until the trail veers right into the trees and intersects with the Red Lake trail. Total distance from the gas substation to the lake and back is about 8 miles and 1,880 ft elevation gain.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

Nice hike. Like others it’s about 4 miles round trip. To get to the trailhead take your first left after hitting the gravel and it’s right next to the bathrooms. The lake at the end is a pond and it’s gross, so don’t get excited for that. But the hike itself is nice and moderate/easy in difficulty.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a fun hike! If it weren’t for the fact that everyone in our party was carrying a child (en utero, included), the hills wouldn’t have been bad at all. As it was, they were very manageable, but we were glad when they were over.
Once you reach the lake, it’s worth the extra three minutes to walk to the other side of it for the view.
Lovely wildflowers all over.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a 4.5 mile hike. I went in mid december since we havnt seen any snow so far. I had to part at the entrance of Maple Lake (just off the Nebo loop road). nothing too impressive but good to get to know the area if you're a local like myself. Both red lake and maple lake are frozen over.

10 months ago

Mileage was a little off. The trail was ~ 4.5 miles roundtrip. Beautiful easy hike with a great fall colors. The lake is mostly dried up with the exception of a small spring on the south side of the lake.

11 months ago

Fun little hike. Makes for a great evening trail run. I even saw a big bull elk playing in the water!

hiking
11 months ago

Red lake was mostly dried up, but it was a beautiful spot for a hammock.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Nice hike through the woods. The wildflowers are beautiful.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Very nice peaceful trail. The kids had a blast hiking here.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gorgeous scenery! Quiet and peaceful. There is a steepish decline at the beginning of the trail, which means a steep incline on the way back. There is still snow on part of the trail but you can get around it easily. The lake is quiet and peaceful, save the distinct croaking of frogs echoing off the mountain. I'll definitely do this hike again.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Not a bad trail. Not too popular so the trail isn't packed. Lake is more of a pond but once you reach it it has a beautiful view of the mountain. Also plenty of elk.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Nothing special. Not even sure we made it to "Red Lake"

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This was a good trail. It had lots of shade and trees. The sign at the trailhead said it was 1.75 miles to the lake, but my GPS recorded 2.5 miles on the way back. I forgot to turn it on on the way up. There is a nice little creek crossing about halfway up that is a nice spot to stop and cool off. It does have some steep sections and not many flat areas.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Not much to write about on this one. Nothing really stood out, other than there were not many people encountered on this overnight trip.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Not paying 8 bucks to go on a little hike.....

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