Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Kamas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this in 2 days, stopping to camp at the Basin about halfway. Absolutely beautiful trail.

backpacking
21 hours ago

We didn’t leash our dog and didn’t see any on leashes (other than in the parking lot). This is a gorgeous loop with great variation—green, swampy meadows (wear bug spray), high lakes, and rocky, sweeping vistas. Not too challenging, other than a little push to the high point about half way through. I liked starting the loop by going towards Scout lake and ending by Kamas lake.

Good hike with pretty lake views. The mosquitoes were terrible though. Very rocky trail most of the way. The fishing was great.

beautiful views. We saw some mountain goats on the way down. Lots and lot of mosquitos. Once you stop for a split second, the mosquitoes will all come and try to bite you. The most amount of mosquitoes I have ever seen. Very annoying.

Hiked the same loop as BJ. Burnt and downed trees from the 2016 fire are not as bad as the Smith-Morehouse portion of the trail

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful views and varied terrain. There are plenty of places to rest and take a break. Both I and the doggo enjoyed this hike.

Very pretty hike. Pretty easy and the climb at the beginning isn’t too bad. You run into a few different lakes and meadows. Make sure to check the weather, we got caught in the rain, but luckily had rain jackets with us.

Such a beautiful hike! No snow on the trail, ran into more people in the last mile or so but not crowded by any means. We bug sprayed at the beginning and middle and were fine for the most part.

backpacking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike/backpack along the Highline Trail and into Naturalist Basin in the High Uintas Wilderness. We spent two nights in Naturalist Basin with time to explore. Plenty of water available for filtering. Highly recommend avoiding the weekends. We arrived on a Thursday and left Saturday morning and saw very few people. On Saturday morning, people started arriving in the Basin by 10:00 am and the Highline Trail was BUSY! It was the weekend after the Fourth of July and hot hot hot in the Salt Lake Valley so that may explain part of it. Gorgeous flowers, lakes, views and mountains.

hiking
11 days ago

The trail was excellent for young children. Incredible drive and beautiful views! Highly recommend.

hiking
12 days ago

Both times we've done this trail, our Garmin watches said the distance was closer to 4.4 miles than the advertised 3.9. This trail is steep & rocky, hard on the body. Breath-taking views.

We hiked the loop on the first of July and had a great time! It was a little rough on my 7 year old daughter’s legs though. Bugs weren’t too bad but we did wish we had some repellent on the trail down after Kamas Lake. The dogs on a leash rule must be suggested only as our pup was the only leashed dog of the dozens we saw so keep that in mind.

backpacking
14 days ago

Beautiful quiet place. Hiked in on Saturday morning end of June. Full blue skies and average temp was 80 degrees. Scenery is beautiful the entire way up - aspen groves, wildflower meadows, alpine cliffs. When we got to Fish lake there was one other person. Made for a very peaceful backpacking trip. Last mile and a half to Round lake is pretty steep. Saw some elk and deer near Round lake.

hiking
14 days ago

Steady incline through out the hike. We didn’t get through it the entire hike, we only got half way through it, we started late in the day and had to get back for a prior engagement. The first mile of the trail was pretty exposed to the sun but there after there were trees along the path and had some shade for the following couple of miles. The scenery was pretty and parts green but parts were really dry. The nice thing about it too was we got listen to the creek/stream next to the trail on and off. In the shadier part of the trail we crossed next to the river and there were tons of butterflies, which made it a phenomenal passing. It was a nice hike.

hiking
20 days ago

‘‘Twas epic! Bring bug spray, it will make the experience that much sweeter.

hiking
22 days ago

You can also get to Big Elk lake from the very top of 35. You need a solid 4x4 vehicle with decent clearance to drive the rocky, narrow, 6.5 miles up 35 from mirror lake hwy. Lots of little roads off 35 so stay to the main road all the way to the top. The trailhead is at the very end of 35 and is not marked. It is about a 1.5 mile hike in and it is not well marked and easy to lose the trail.

At the trailhead go up and to the left to actually get on the trail. You'll see an old square sign pole with nothing on it. This is how you know you are going in the right direction. The very beginning of the trail is a short ascent but the becomes a descent rather quickly. You will continue down, come to a point where you'll hear a creek but not see it, and then come to a large meadow. The trail is very easy to loose at the meadow. Stay all the way to the left along the trees. If you lose the trail just stick to the side of the meadow and you'll see the trail pick up when you get to the other side. Once you are through the meadow you'll start climbing up, cross a creek and the come to a rocky, steep ascent. You are scrambling in a few spots. At the top of the ascent you'll be at Big Elk Lake. The views are amazing both toward the lake at the valley behind you. The best part...we didn't see a single person!

This is a moderate to hard hike. It is not easy coming from this direction!

The trail pertaining to four-wheel drive vehicles is basic. This is not a moderate Trail in any way. A Subaru Outback was at the top of the trail when we got there in our 4 wheel drive vehicles. No obstacles were to found with that being said it was a beautiful Trail and if you're looking for a beginner Trail this is great.

Beautiful hike! I didn’t see a soul on the trail. Very peaceful!

hiking
29 days ago

So much bang for the mileage! A must do! Lots of mosquitos right now, tiny bit of snow at the top but navigable in tennis shoes. Beautiful trout in the first lake to fish for.

First of all there is no sign off of mirror lake highway saying gold hill road. And gold hill road does not take you remotely close to whisky island lake. It will leave you 10 miles away without a trail. The GPS coordinates are the only reason I was able to find it. The description is misleading. There is another dirt road about 8 miles south of gold hill road that you can access via 4x4, though it is pretty intense. Beautiful lake though.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Had to hike through some snow at the top, and water run off on the trail. May want to wait a few more week for the snow to melt.

hiking
1 month ago

As of June 2, the trail at the summit and lake are still covered in 2-3 feet of snow. Bring snow shoes if you want to complete the loop.

We have a cabin close to smith and Moore house we love it there. Not too crowded. We go in the mornings and fish. Multiple times our boys have caught around 10 fish in a little over an hour. There is a trail nearby that is fun for the kids with a beaver dam on the way. A lot of childhood memories have been made here!

hiking
1 month ago

The lake is still frozen and surrounded by a couple feet of snow. Good if you want to relive winter in May! The views on the drive up are beautiful!

trail running
2 months ago

Nice challenging hiking and running trail. Clear to about 9000ft as of May 12, then snowy in the boulder fields. Thanks to whoever has been up there with a chain saw!

backpacking
2 months ago

Loved it. Very easy going backpack trip with not much elevation gain. Beautiful lake, but the fishing wasn't the greatest. Caught maybe 2 or 3 trout in 2 hours.

When the byway is closed, one can drive in only about 15 miles. At this point, there will be a road closed sign. There is a parking lot here. Many trucks come carrying their snowmobiles to use on the snow covered roads and trails. The main byway up to this point seems to be maintained by plows during the day (not at night), but the side roads to the campgrounds are not plowed, but some of the roads you can drive a little into depending on the type of vehicle you have and how much snow is still on the roads. I rated it 2 only because we did not have a snowmobile or skis or snowshoes to go into the trails, the rating would be better if we had any of those things to make the snow-covered roads more fun!

The lake with the Lily pads is cute but not the actual lake lol. We spent some time there and were surprised how small it was, it kind of looked like the trail ended there. But go to the far end of that lake and you’ll see the trail continuing a ways to another lake. Cuberant lake is pretty big and I’m glad we noticed the trail and kept going!

backpacking
6 months ago

Great place to say if you want to get away from the crowds

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