Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
19 hours ago

Good quick artery cleanser with amazing views ! I’ve hiked it multiple times and love it every time ! ☮️❤️⛰

We hiked to Wyman Lake and set up our tents for the night. There were a lot of mosquitoes, but we had bug spray and so they didn’t bother us. After dinner, we decided to look for Packard Lake since we missed the turn at the beginning of Wyman Lake. Long story short, the trail to Packard Lake is labeled wrong on this site. As you hike along the left side of Wyman Lake (southeast side), you will come to the end of the lake. Then you will see that the trail heads off into the trees heading south. As you follow that trail (first going south and then turning east), it takes you to the south west side of Packard Lake. You actually come to a turnoff for the Duchesne River Gorge before you get to Packard Lake. There are a number of camp sites at Wyman Lake and at least one at Packard Lake. The gorge is beautiful!!! FYI- The fishing In both the Wyman and Packard Lakes was terrible. No one was at the lakes when we were there and so it was great to have the place to ourselves. It was a great hike to prep for future longer hikes.

hiking
4 days ago

Steep hike with amazing view

excellent

backpacking
6 days ago

Amethyst Lake is a great overnight backpacking destination. You can do it as a day hike, but why hurry. As others have noted horses and dogs are allowed. There is plenty of water along the route so you will not need to carry more than 1L (and a good water filter or alternative water treatment). Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It rained on Saturday afternoon and evening. I checked the temp at 4:00 AM Sunday and it was 39 degrees. So remember at elevation the temps are vastly different than in the SLC valley :).

There is only one section of the trail that gains elevation quickly and is in poor condition due to the loose rock. This section of trail follows the creek (I think it is the outflow from Amethyst Lk) with amazing waterfalls and water slides. When you hit the top there is a gravel bar with a pool of water perfect for hydration and cooling off before beginning the gradual climb to the lakes.

Great hike. If you follow the AllTrails map for this hike, it sends you on the “Lakes Country Trail 216” which is marked. Its a bit confusing since it takes you past other lakes, but is a great hike past 3 lakes different gorgeous lakes! Took a 9 and 11 year old and was a great 3 mile in and back hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Great day for a hike. Easy trail. We went into Shepherd and Hoover lakes. Pretty lakes with great views of bald mountain. The wild flowers were spectacular

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. The view of the peaks over the meadow about 5.5 miles in is really something. Make sure you keep going past the first smaller lake! I agree with other reviewers that the trail would be a bit nicer without all the horse "remains" all over the trail, but such is life.

backpacking
8 days ago

The first part of this trail seemed fairly flat, until we came back and realized that there was much more elevation change. My watch said that the way to the lake had closer to 4000 feet of climbing and 4.5 miles one way. We camped at Wyman Lake. It was beautiful but the mosquitos were terrible! We didn't find the trail to Packard Lake, but we didn't really try too hard.

backpacking
11 days ago

Super HOT in July! The 3rd bridge no longer exists. Made it to South Erickson Lake - check out my full trial guide with a map and photos:
http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/07/backpacking-shingle-creek-trail-uintas.html

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

This hike includes both the Upper Setting trail and the Big Elk Lake route. The route is well marked with rock cairns. As long as you don't go to far past the last cairn before you see the next one you will be ok. If you don't see a cairn just backtrack to the last one and look closer. Some cairn are only one rock. At Big Elk Lake be careful to watch for the trail heading directly east. The sign is in the trees about half way to the old breached dam at the north end of the lake at the GPS Coordinates 40-67654 -111.05024. The trail sign faces the lake and indicates a trail going left to Erickson Basin and right to Norway Flats Neither of these trails are visible at the sign because of lack of use. Most traffic follow the open space between the old high water lever before the dam was breached and the current water level.

backpacking
11 days ago

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

backpacking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail down from the Island Lake Trail Junction. There is a sign a short distance with a "Warning" about the trail conditions mentioned in the previous review. It is much easier to follow the rock cairns when you can see them from above than hiking up. Currently the trail is more like hiking cross country because you have to walk around, over and under many burned trees on the trail. Currently requires advanced route finding skills which slows down the progress. It took us 4 hours to negotiate the trail going downhill. At our normal pace we would have completed the downhill portion of this trail in about 2.0-2.5 hours. Three stars only because of the large burned out sections and difficult travel. 4 stars when the USFS cuts a trail through the downed trees. FYI Crystal Lake it at the opposite end of the Lakes County trail at the Junction of the Smith-Morehouse, Big Elk and Lakes Country trail

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

Actually hiked this in reverse from South Erickson Lake to the trail-head as part of the loop hike starting on the North Erickson Trail. Since I don't own a 4X4 this is the only way to hike this trail. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Never did see any sign of the trail heading North between the two lakes on the pass. This trail doesn't doesn't exist on the USFS interactive map either.

We started out at the Crystal Lake trail head near the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. It's unclear to me why it's the trailhead sign references Crystal Lake when you never see another sign mention "Crystal Lake" again as you're hiking. Instead, the wording changes to "Island Lake."

Obviously, most of it is still burned from the July 2016 fire. There is still a sign that says the trail is closed. Ground vegetation (bushes, flowers) have grown/are starting to grow back. There are tons of fallen trees on the trail. Some are easy to maneuver, some are not. You must be comfortable with losing the trail several times as you're hiking. You will be walking a nice, clearly-defined trail, then you'll hop over a fallen tree and POOF, the trail is gone. This got really old, really fast.

We never made it to Crystal Lake/Island (whichever it is) as we gave up looking for the trail after the 10th time of losing it. We did see a deer and a 3 moose on the way back: a mom and her calf, and then later a bull moose. So be aware.

I gave it 2 out of 5 stars because 3/4 of the hike is through burned forest the trail disappears constantly. On the positive side, there are quite a few wild flowers and you have a good chance of running into some wildlife.

hiking
11 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.

Starting at the crystal lake trailhead, we backpacked with 3 kids (6, 3, and 3 months) the 3 miles to Weir Lake. There are so many beautiful views of lakes, wildflower fields and rocky cliffs along the way with very little incline. This is a relatively easy hike with only a few switchbacks and elevation climb, but met with downward slopes after. Mosquitoes are INSANE- BRING BUGSPRAY!!!

Loved this hike! Wild flowers were beautiful!

Love loved this trail...butt kicking climb straight up and amazing views off all sides at the top! Can’t wait to go back ❤️

One of my favorite hikes, once you get past Ruth lake you encounter very few people and the scenery is breath taking!

hiking
16 days ago

The trail was in great condition, and there were more than 10 species of wildflowers in bloom. The view along the majority of the trail was pretty nice, although there are a lot of dead trees mixed in with the live ones, which I thought detracted a little bit. You can see some pretty lakes below as well.

backpacking
17 days ago

Perfect for a 1-night backpacking trip. Great for dogs.

Read my full trail report here (with GPS track and photos): http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/07/backpacking-to-kermsuh-lake-uintas.html

Amazing hike today. Winds had to be 35 mph +, but virtually zero wind at the top. 360 degree incredible views.

Amazing views when you reach the top. mountain goats were also there. it's steep and up hill all the way. like walking up over 95 flights of stairs. sunny and windy. no snow was there and all the trail is visible. it's hard to take in all the views. Worth every step.

hiking
18 days ago

I do this once every year. It's surprisingly short, considering the ruggedness of the terrain and the spectacular views at the top. This early in the year there are usually some patches of snow that impact the trail in inconveniently treacherous places, but not this year. Note of caution - this will be a hard hike for anyone not acclimated to the altitude, as you are starting at 10,000 ft.

hiking
18 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
18 days ago

pulling up to a full parking lot and parking about as far away as you can get, this wasnt the solitude i was looking for. However, many reviews recommend camping below the lake and i guess that's what most did. I found myself alone on the east side of the lake, right next to a spring that fed it. There are plenty of places to hide out from the wind at the lake, but its the wind that keeps the mosquitoes away. Around 7 or 8 though, the wind stopped and the bugs were gone for the night. I loved my spot but one thing I did not consider, being so close to the east rock face, getting sunlight in the morning comes really late and I had frost over most my stuff. The trail would be much nicer without horses

Beautiful 360 degree views of the high Uinta mountains. Only thing is I couldn’t find the USGS badge marker at the summit? Has anyone else found it?

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