Three Divide Lakes Trail

EASY 82 reviews

Three Divide Lakes Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, birding, and fishing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles
567 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly









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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 Crystal Lakes trailhead.

1 day ago

beautiful trail. one of my favorites!

15 days ago

Great hike, not too crowded, hiked pass 16 lakes. That’s cool.

21 days ago

great hike. we hiked into Wall lake and the bushwacked toward Cliff Lake and made it a 3 mile hike. Would be a good hike for children.

28 days ago

Perfect trail. Some steep sections, overall great day hike.

1 month ago

Amazing views of lakes, mountains, meadows, and streams. Even on the 4th of July it wasn’t that busy. Beautiful trail.

10 months ago

So beautiful! Lake after lake after lake! Saw very few people. A touch of snow and mud.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous hike. We used this trail to take our kids on their first real backpacking trip. Youngest is 5 and she did great. I docked a star because heavily trafficked is an understatement. There was a point where it felt like we were in a backcountry KOA. Super busy on the weekends and huge families with loud kids were everywhere. Not the place to go if you're seeking solitude and silence.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The views were great. there isn't really a trail up to the top of the three divide lakes so we got a little lost. The parking lot was very full and you are supposed to pay for a recreation pass that is on the road prior to turning into the parking lot area.

Monday, July 24, 2017

This trail is great for all skill levels. I believe we may have actually done the 17 Lakes Loop as that is how many lakes we saw. This trail is stunning.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is an amazing beginner trail. We chose to complete this loop for my 5 yr old son's first backpacking experience.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I did this hike strung together with a few others early spring. I recommend taking traction aids if there is snow and the temp are cold at night.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Did the full loop on a single night backpacking trip. Spent the night in between the 1st and 2nd divide lakes. Trails was off and on snow covered, especially on the northern facing slopes and between Clyde and Watson lakes. Where there wasn't snow, their was a fair amount of mud from the melting snow. Beautiful area, lots to see and do, but the fish were not too cooperative :-).

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Hiked this with my young adult kids who found it easy enough to spend the day making many side trips throughout the day

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great hike, lots of nice views of the lakes. Lost the trail for a while north of Wall lake but easily found it again.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Amazing trail!! Don't forget to buy a pass before parking. A family leaving gave me theirs. Dog friendly and not too busy. Would do it again!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Did this hike as part of the 17 Lakes Loop (not listed) and loved every second. Beautiful scenery, amazing views, lots of wildlife. We spent the night at Upper/North Twin Lake where we had the lake pretty much to ourselves, there was another camp across the lake but we never heard or seen them. I would recommend this to everyone!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This was a fantastic hike. We took many photos of the amazing views.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I went backpacking Tuesday - Wednesday. is was a great trip! The trail was pretty easy and it felt like we made it to the divide lakes in a snap. it is very beautiful. In July it was perfect temperature to hike, but got cold at night. This is a great trip, but a busy one. We saw two other groups camping. when we hiked out, we ran into a group of 30 hikers, and a large youth group backpacking(it will be even worse on the weekends). The other problem is finding the trail. After you get to the trailhead, head down the trail on the left(can't remember what it is called, but it is not the sign that says the notch). after about a half mile, turn left at the cliff lake sign. When heading back, we did not do the loop, just turned around. a great trail, but busy.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

I took my 8 yr old, 6 yr old and 5 yr old to long lake and back for an overnighter July 2,3 2016. parking lot was packed at noon, and it took 1/2 hr to find a spot. It was an easy trail, well defined with a slight climb over Mt Watson at 11,500'. most of the hikers were day trippers, a lot of dogs and a couple groups with horses. The kids made it there with several breaks. There are actually several more trail spurs from the round trail shown here with many more options for exploring alternate routes. Take a map.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Did this hike at night during June. It was a pleasant hike, easy to follow the trail. This would be a great hike for a first time backpacker wanting a back country experience. My group went in on a Tuesday, and fished around at the numerous lakes in the area, and returned to our camp each night. We had the place almost to ourselves until Thursday evening when a group camped 50 feet from us. upon returning to camp Friday evening, it was like a little city. campfires could be seen all around the lake. Lots of Boy Scouts it appeared. Good for them.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Out looking for a good turn off point to hike up Haystack. The Lake wasn't much further so we had to come check it out. Had a great weekend hiking the many lakes and we did make to the top of Haystack.

Monday, August 17, 2015

My son came up for our Birthday weekend and tried to get out to as many of the surround Lakes as we could. There are so many little bodies of water some haven't even been named. Nice wide trails, most of them very used. A great place to start.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Great hike.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

This is the perfect hike for the beginner backpacker, or for someone that really wants to get a quick taste of the Uintas, without spending days doing strenuous hikes.
The trailhead starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead, but you will very quickly leave this trail. You'll come upon a sign for "Cliff Lake", turn right here toward Cliff Lake. From here, you go through several series of flat meadows, separated by fairly steep, but very brief, climbs to gain 50-100 feet elevation. In each series, you get a new lake, new meadow, and new views. All the while, Mt. Watson is dominating the view to the West. Once you approach Clyde Lake, you'll start to drop down toward the Divide Lakes. There are 3 in total. The first is by far the most fishable, but the third (where we stayed overnight) will give you the most solitude from other backpackers.
There are several short hikes you can do once you set up camp there. We also did a quick hike out to "The Notch", and several other lakes in the surrounding area.
You'll have plenty of water at your fingertips for this one. In fact, there was a natural spring on the south side of Divide Lake 3 that you can use for clean water. Just look for the break in the meadow/grass on the south side of the lake, and follow the break up toward Mt. Watson. We all drank from it, and nobody got sick ;)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Great Trail. Quite a bit of people though. So if u r looking for solitude this won't be the one for you! Rained on us also every afternoon and off and on until about 8-9 and then nonstop til about 3-4 in the morning. Overall great trail and beautiful scenery! Well worth it if u got a couple of days to go and enjoy relaxing in Gods Country!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Attempted this in late May and there was still way too much snow. Snowshoes definitely required until later in the year. Really nice area though and look forward to another visit.

Friday, September 26, 2014

This trail head is a great starting point for adventure. You can literally see some of the best scenery that Uintah mountains have to offer depending how long you want to hike and how much time you have. The hikes range from short hikes to pristine lakes, to longer hikes with high peaks and mountain streams. This trailhead has been a favorite of mine for years and never dissapoints. The only downside is that traffic continues to pick up and solitude is becoming hard to find unless you are willing to go on weekdays, or the non-busy season.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Great short hike! Good fishing and Mt. Watson is really cool. You can springboard to several cool areas from this hike. Take a dog, fishing pole, and some good friends!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Three Divide Lakes sits at the top of a crest that separates the Provo and Weber River drainages. There are literally more than a dozen lakes in the area and the trail passes by at least 9 of them. Three Divide Lakes are tucked right up against the northern flank of Mt. Watson. The trail is well marked up to about Clyde Lake, then you're on your own. From Clyde to Three Divide is not too far so it's not a big deal, just hug the side of Watson and the rest is easy. Campsites are good and fishing is good. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hiked portion of this trail head twice this summer. Once to Island Lake completing a loop and once to Ibantik Lake. Both are very scenic

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