Upper Setting Trail to East Shingle Creek Lake, South Erickson Lake, and Big Elk Lake is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles
1,541 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Upper Setting Trail #156 This trail provides a high-elevation route between the head of Shingle Creek and the Crystal Lake Trailhead. Portions of this trail system have been built to a high standard, while other portions are obscure and difficult to follow. There are many alpine lakes along the route.

2 months ago

Really beautiful, quiet trail with wildflowers and a serene lake. Unfortunately, it seems this trail may not be currently maintained, and it was difficult for us to find where the trail continued past the first lake. Also worth noting the road up to the trailhead is very rough. Would advise against driving up it without an all wheel drive vehicle.

4 months ago

Trail in the forest is easy to follow. Once you get above timberline there are rock cairns to follow. Most carins are easily within sight of the next except when crossing a grassy area just east of South Erickson Lake. The trail closure mentioned is primarily for the North Erickson Trail near area of the fire in 2016 because there are many burned trees that have follow on the trail. The Forest Service has started clearing the trail near the North Erickson Trail-head at Smith-Morehouse Reservoir

Monday, September 18, 2017

Close to the end of the trail, where you get up on the last ridge before descending to Big Elk Lake, I came across a Trail Closed due to fire conditions sign.

My original goal was to use the Upper Setting Trail to link the Shingle Creek Trail with the Big Elk Trail, but I didn't want to push through a trail closure.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

trail running
Tuesday, July 18, 2017