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Skyline National Recreation Trail to Blue Lake

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Fishlake National Forest

Skyline National Recreation Trail to Blue Lake is a 13 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Beaver, Utah that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 3,369 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views
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John Stimpson
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Hiking

Nice easy/moderate trail, made a little harder by the elevation, as the entire trail is very near the tree line. I’m sure it’s spectacular in a non-drought year with no wildfire smoke. All trails in the area are limited to foot and horse traffic but good luck telling that to the throngs of local atv riders.

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Carlos Huerta
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HikingGreat!

Great hike with very few people on the way. Download the map just so you don't get lost. Also, be aware that there are bears there, we saw a bear paw marking and bear poop on the way. The lake was kind of empty but there is a point where the mountains get insane, beautiful views totally worth the effort. It ended up being 14 miles and we did it in one day. Also, make sure to take your rain jacket, it was hailing on our way back.

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mary norton
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Hiking

Did this in two parts. One day hiked to Blue lake trailhead and back. Day two drive up farther to the mud lake trailhead, AllTrails doesn’t give this as an option. Mud lake to Bluelake is stunning and slow going coming back because of the elevation hike back out. Incredible and a must do if you are in the area. Allow about 5-6 hrs, to enjoy the lake. I saw deer and lots of bobcat tracks at the lake.

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Erin Gibson
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We camped above Big John Flat then did this hike as a day hike. Spectacular views, great trail and not very many people. If you do not have a trailer and want good camping, I suggest the camping just beyond the trailhead. The sites are more private with less car traffic. Did this with our dog and there were a number of running streams along the way for her to drink from. We plan to come back and do this as a multi day trip to camp at Blue lake than climb up Baldy. Highly Recommend!!!

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Joscelyn Tueller
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HikingOver grown

We did 15 miles total out to the lake and back. It was a really awesome hike with amazing views, and we really loved this trip. It’s one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. We did it as a 3 day backpack, hiking 7.5 miles to the lake the first day, staying at the lake on day 2, and hiking out on day 3. Parts of the trail are not well maintained and you have to watch your step due to the steepness down below, but we managed it fine. There is about 1600 ft of elevation each way and this is a pretty hard hike, but very rewarding too! Would highly recommend

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Kaden Mitchell
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BackpackingOff trailSnow
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Started this June 6th. Did the recording on the way in, but didn't have enough phone battery to track the way back. The gate to the yurt and Trailhead was closed, but only a little more than a mile back. Also must note that the map shows 13 miles out and back, when it's really 16 miles, 18 for me due to the closed gate. Another thing, alltrails has it listed as Bass Lake, but on the forest service maps and signs, it's called Blue Lake. Trail was easy to follow for the first half+. Snow at the higher elevations and very shaded areas forced us to go around some spots, but alltrails allowed us to get back on track easily. Highly recommend calling the Fishlake Beaver district for weather updates before going, 435-438-2436 . I did, and was I was advised of a good chance of rain. Little did we know, it was not rain, but about an inch of snow dropped on us during the night. We came prepared for wet weather, so it was not a problem. Even considering all that, we had an incredible experience. Awe inspiring views. A challenging, but extremely rewarding hike. My dog was right along with us and had a great time. Only wild life we saw were small critters, a few deer and elk, and a porcupine! Although didn't see any bears, did see a few piles of scat on the trail near the lake. So be bear aware! Regarding areas to set up camp, there are a few spots along the way not far from the trail, but if you are wanting to camp near the lake, the trail ends at the North side of the lake, and there is a lot of flat areas to set up a tent, and found a fire pit from a previous camp.

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Kelly Valdez
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Jamie McElyea
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11cnaylor Naylor
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Brent Rane
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Brent Rane
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Nikki Lee
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Valerie Fuller
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