Explore the most popular lake 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.

backpacking
22 hours ago

First time there for a quick overnighter with my kids. Nice hike only took 30 - 40 minutes. Didn't see another soul from Thursday evening until Friday afternoon. Plenty of great campgrounds around the lake, which I'm sure will be busy mid-summer. There were still a few patches of snow. They'll probably be gone in a week or so. Also hiked up near The Notch. Didn't make it all the way, but the view over Wall Lake was incredible. Will definitely return. Dropped the rating a star because of the mosquitos.

hiking
23 hours 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.

My favorite way to hike this trail on my own is to chain my bike at the Bald Mountain TH then park at Trial Lake. After hiking from Trial Lake to Bald Mountain, the bike ride back to Trial Lake on the Mirror Lake Highway is almost entirely downhill and very refreshing.

backpacking
3 days ago

Perfect first time backpacking with kids.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful! All the way! So many lakes along the trail from the Crystal Lake TH, with mountain views. As of 6/12/18 there was one snow patch just below the notch, then 80% snow or water down to Lavona Lake. Otherwise simply beautiful!

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked 6/13/2018: first 4 miles are snow free (I turned off here to hike Mt. Agassiz). Some windfall across trail. Be prepared for lots of ups and downs on a good trail. Views from the peak are awesome of the basin; looks like a great place to visit!

backpacking
3 days ago

Hiked and set up camp the night of June 12. Amazing stars and not too cold. Trout made it their life goal to taunt me by revealing their colored scales but not bite. Amazing views and saw only 6 other people camping there but it was very isolated. No mountain goats :(

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
5 days ago

Hiked this trail today. Very easy and very beautiful! Still a little snow so trail was muddy in certain spots but worth it!

I went yesterday (6-9-18), some snow in places can obscure the trail, elevation is a bit tough, but an amazing hike with peerless views of several lakes

I’d wait until July to do this again.Awesome trail with a balanced amount of elevation gain and distance. After the 2nd fork in the trail, you start to encounter more snow patches, marsh areas, muddy sections, and places where the trail becomes a creek. The last 1/4-1/2 mile were pure marshland. High top waterproof boots would do fine with careful foot work. My shoes were only dry to 1.5 inches and after slipping in the mud and marsh, I just let my feet get wet in the marsh.The shore was a great place to dry my shoes and socks before heading back.

fishing
6 days ago

Fly fishing, lots of small brook trout.

7 days ago

Pretty lake but not many trees. I felt very exposed to the weather. Easy hike. Lots of people there with dogs and many off leash.

backpacking
7 days ago

Hiked in with family on Friday. Very few people. The weather was perfect with a cool breeze all day. Still some snow to cross and the ground in some areas is soggy but beautiful. Lots of flowers. The night was cold so be prepared. All and all a beautiful hike!

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.

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.

Just completed Bald Mountain to Wall Lake and back. There’s some snow near The Notch, but it is passable and streams are low enough to cross. Lots of mud! Beautiful views at each of the many lakes we passed! Heard a mountain lion (didn’t see it and didn’t get eaten either

on Amethyst Lake Trail

hiking
11 days ago

My favorite season opener. Straight forward trail out of Christmas meadows. Eastbound turn up the drainage to Amethyst Lake becomes quite steep, but it's worth every step. Many folks hike the trail up and back in one day. Amethyst Meadows is the place to camp if you have protection against mosquitos. Remember to camp away from lakes and streams to protect the scene. Ostler lake is a GREAT option if you want more solitude, just be prepared to overland without a trail.

Hiked this trail today from Washington/Crystal Lake trailhead to Wall Lake and then up to the Notch and back. Several patches of snow but all easy to get over except at the very top. We had to go below the snow field and around it to the top. Trail was good - wet in many places. Views were, as always, spectacular! Great hike!

hiking
12 days ago

Great Fishing

on Cutthroat Lake

hiking
12 days ago

Great camping spots

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!

We started this trail from the Trial Lake side on 6/31. The day was perfect and we were very excited to get to Seymour Lake on the back side. Unfortunately just before we hit Wall lake we star ed to hit patches of snow up to 4’ deep. Wall lake was frozen but still beautiful and had a few open spots. We continued as far up the trail as we could but the snow kept pushing us further South West were we needed up all Dean Lake just below notch lake. Still a ton of snow and the lake was half frozen. If we hadn’t had to fight the snow I would say this trail is at the lower end of moderate. Well marked and not much of incline (even when we were blazing our own trails)! This is a trip for next year just later in he season. Remove, this is the Unitas and weather can change in an instant. We woke Friday morning at 7:30 to blue sky’s and within an hour we had hail, snow and sleet with 20mph winds. An hour after that it was 70deg.

backpacking
14 days ago

Packed into this site May 20, 2018 to reminisce a few day hikes taken with family almost 25 years ago! The river side trail is what makes this hike, as do the beaver ponds and spring flowers. Beautiful ridge lines make a great backdrop for camping.

backpacking
14 days ago

Packed in Friday night, June 1st. Great hike but lost the trail a few times due to snow. Thankful for GPS for sure. I would recommend gators this time of year. The lake was still 90% frozen over and the normal campsites on the south side were still under 3 feet of snow! Had to camp to the North West. Hate to say it as I don’t want to freak people out, but I did have a bear come through my campsite first light Saturday morning.... just snorted, sniffed the tent, then was on its merry way. Love this place, it’s always worth the trek! MK

I really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful views all around. When the trail forks it is pretty tricky to follow. It was an adventure trying to find the next cairns or ribbons on the trees or cut logs marking the path. We didn't see anyone all day until we had hiked out almost to the bottom. The lake was beautiful and definitely worth the trip. Pretty tough trail though with all the rocks but pretty much clear of snow.

backpacking
16 days ago

Let us be honest here...this is NOT a moderate trail that you can just show up to and expect you and the kids to complete or even get through. I am not sure of the other posters here, or why this is even in the moderate category to be honest. I see trails on here that I can park on pavement on the edge of SLC, complete in a day or less that are less straining than my treadmill, and they are considered moderate or advanced? Sorry folks I have been doing this trail for years, multiple times a year in fact, including winter.... and between the elevation, terrain, and weather, if you have never hiked the backcountry, this is NOT the trail for you without experience. THIS IS AN ADVANCED trail. Please please please, if you are posting on this site, please give your experience level so it is not misleading to those that are just starting. This trail may be moderate to you because you have been backpacking for years, but may kill someone if all information is not given. This is one of the reasons why people just starting or with moderate experience wind up on the news being rescued because they thought they were only going for a moderate hike, etc...smh

All that said, I am an advanced Backpacker/hiker of 25 years, and this is the Ultimate hike/backpacking experience in Utah without a doubt! High elevation, beautiful scenery and solitude...be ready to take your time and spend a week or two just feeding your soul! This is not a hike for the weekend warrior, in fact it can take a couple weeks if you do the whole thing and really enjoy it! Very good hike/backpacking trail to recharge your batteries! This trail also scales in difficulty with the seasons to always provide the challenge one is looking for! Before taking on this trail, make sure you research it thoroughly, as well as altitude sickness, and what flora and fauna you can find just to be safe!. Also, make sure you have basic survival skills, a way to navigate and communicate if needed, etc. If you do not plan your days right, you can wind up in areas of the trail that are not human-friendly at the worst times and on this trail could be life or death. Same goes for if you get injured and dont know how to treat yourself. If you do your research and plan accordingly, you can enjoy mountain camping, fresh water and a bit of fishing every night to finish your day in one of the most secluded and untouched areas of the United states. Please be cautious and do your homework though!!!! I cant stress this enough! This is a very demanding trail, but one that will leave you with lifelong memories if you play your cards right!.

backpacking
19 days ago

Me and my mom hiked this trail in August of 2017. We completed 50 miles of it from mirror lake to moon lake in 5 days. Prepare for cold nights and light rain during the day. Some pretty amazing thunder storms during the night. One of the best experiences of my life. Two very difficult passes to get over but other than that it was moderately difficult.

on Trial Lake Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Great little trail. A little bit of snow left here and there on Memorial Day weekend, and pretty muddy in some spots.

backpacking
21 days ago

Backpacked past Ibantik and in to Meadow Lake at the beginning of August last year. Views from The Notch were amazing! Moderate hike with a few steep places but totally manageable. Wind was a bit fierce on day 2 but other than that, a great trip. Bring your fly rod.

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