Three Divide Lakes Trail

EASY 65 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.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

8 months ago

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

backpacking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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

backpacking
11 months ago

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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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

hiking
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.

backpacking
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!!

backpacking
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!!

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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

backpacking
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.

camping
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

Great hike.

hiking
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 ;)

camping
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Incredible views to be seen here, but was VERY busy. We passed countless large groups on the way, which detracted from my enjoyment of it. We did a side trip down to Hidden lake, which we had all to ourselves and the fishing was much better down there. We did another side trip above (to the NW) the twin lakes. This was the highlight of the trip for me. We had a breathtaking view of the twin lakes, Clyde lake, and you could even see Wall lake and star lake from up there. The trail itself was nothing to write home about, but the views made this trip very much worth it.
Here's our track: http://alltrails.com/tracks/3454-hidden-lake-trail

hiking
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We took the trail from Crystal Lake to Marjorie Lake. Very nice hike, pretty easy. Some parts of the trail are smooth and sandy as opposed to rough and rocky, which is common in The Uintas.

This trail branches out in several directions leading to different lakes. Some of the trails aren't listed here or on the rangers' maps. As I complete more of those paths I will update the info.

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

Overall a good hike. Worth it for the fantastic views. If looking for more solitude avoid this trail or head all the way to Hidden lake. Trail can be tricky at times. When in doubt check both directions to make sure your on the right path.

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2012

This was a fun trail to hike! The trailhead is well marked at the parking lot and there are restrooms available. The first mile is a little steep and from there it's a lot of up and down hills mixed with a few flat areas. The last half mile to Island Lake is also a little steep. There are signs at each of the junctions pointing the way to the next lake and some have mileage on them (although I believe some of them are a little off). Unless you know which lake you're going to next you might want to bring a map. There are some additional trails which take you to different lakes in other directions. Other than that the trail is easy to follow. All of the major lakes have camping areas available, which are marked on the signs and point the general direction to them. Long Lake had very few trees close to the shore so it's more exposed. The southern part of the loop from Duck Lake to beyond Weir Lake is the most scenic part of the hike. I thought all of the major lakes were beautiful and would certainly be worthy of an overnight stay.

Overall I would rate this as moderate in difficulty. Watch out for horse manure along the trail. There are a few spots with a little running water to cross, but someone has done a nice job of making them easy to cross.

hiking
Monday, September 13, 2010

This is a nice hike that heads out along the same trail as Island Lake but ends just before the trail gets more strenuous. Easy for most of the trail, moderate for a short portion going over the saddle between Haystack and Watson Mountains.
Very nice to take photos from the north and south ends of the lake.

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