Explore the most popular trail running 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.

if you are doing this trail, then do the entire loop.

This is a beautiful trail. I suggest going counter clockwise because the second half is steeper so it’s easier to go down.

backpacking
2 days ago

My wife and I went on our first backpacking trip to Wall Lake. She is a few months pregnant and the trail was easy for her with a few breaks here and there.

Great hike, a lot of fun going from lake to lake. Entire family really enjoyed this trail. And the scenery is amazing!

very beautiful and very well trafficked.

nature trips
5 days ago

What a great hike for a beginner backpacker. It’s just enough to challenge you. Just got back today on August 12th.

on Wall Lake

5 days ago

Wall Lake was awesome for swimming. There are some really fun “cliffs” to jump off for our younger kids. The trail was pretty easy as advertised. The only drawback is that there are a lot of people. If you are looking for solitude. This may not be the best hike for you. We will go back!

Hey everyone! First off, this was a beautiful hike! We backpacked in, and it was a great overnight trip. It wasn’t too steep, and the dogs loved it as well.

The parking lot fills up quick! If you don’t get there at 5:00 A.M, you could be looking at an extra mile from where you have to park. (Unless you are a rebel and have no problem getting a ticket for parking where it clearly says you cannot.

There were no signs leaving from Washington Lake. If it wasn’t for the All Trails app, I would have been really confused on where to go. So make sure to open up that little map All Trails has to offer.

iPhone users beware, if you hit the directions option from your all trails app, it WILL lead you to a different parking lot! Open up the actual map all trails provides, click on the little arrow to the bottom left, and actually follow your phones directions to the correct parking to get to the trailhead. And as I said before, there were no signs, it actually says there are two different lakes that you’ll be hiking past.

Beautiful lakes. I went around 5pm so not many people, great for my dog. Casual hike.

backpacking
13 days ago

This trail is much tougher than some of these reviews would have you believe. Check the elevation charts and you'll see what I mean. It's also the only time I've backpacked in the High Uintas and had to deal with multiple large groups of campers. That said, there is a reason it's so popular and busy. The mountains, lakes, and meadows are absolutely stunning. I prefer solitude, so I'm not sure if I'd go again, but it's a beauty for sure.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike has beautiful lakes to hike past as you hike to Lofty Lake. At the summit you can see several Mountian ranges as well as other lakes around.

hiking
14 days ago

We did this route counter clockwise. This route starts out all uphill for the first 1.5 miles. The trail is well defined in most places and there are a few cairns laid where the trail may get confusing. After reaching the ridge summit you come to Lofty Lake. Great place to take a rest and grab some water and snack. Most of the trail from here is downhill. We saw a few people camping here. Next you come to Cutthroat lake although the trail doesn’t take you down to it. There is a spur trail that can take you down. Our final lake was Kamas Lake. This is the largest of the lakes on this loop. The water was cold but not enough to keep us from taking a quick dip. Once you leave Kamas lake you scramble down some rocky trail and then wander through meadows until you reach the parking lot where you began. For us the weather was just right and we had a breeze to keep the bugs off us. We didn’t even use bug spray. Great quick loop. Would be challenging for kids but not impossible. We saw plenty of families with small children. I would rate this trail as moderate.

on Bourbon Lake

hiking
14 days ago

Did some fishing, too. Caught a few small brook trout.

on Big Elk Lake Trail

16 days ago

didn't actually make it to Big Elk Lake. Rating 3-stars b/c is currently the average review.

Went up 35 in a Subaru Tribeca based on reports of Outbacks at the top. Great example of the deep fried shirt: 'i didn't say he couldn't, I said *you* shouldn't.' Quit about a mile from the top. Hiked with the kids for the last mile of the road, but it was getting too late to attempt the trail to Big Elk Lake. The kids enjoyed it and there are some small ponds and overlooks that are nice in that stretch.

On the way down, my left front skidded off a rock and the sidewall got punctured. amazingly, the spare made it down. Great adventure, but I don't recommend it to others. Bring a serious vehicle. I'm newly considering such a purchase.

hiking
18 days ago

Lots of people but a lot less people than staying at Trial. It's a pretty hike and easy for the kids. Decent fishing too. :)

hiking
18 days ago

There seem to be two different, but very close, trails at the parking lot that join at the first bridge. The one I took need some maintenance (large fallen trees, eroding down the creek bank). However, in late July there were plenty of thimble berries on the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike. No mosquitoes

backpacking
19 days ago

Definitely worth pushing that last mile or so past Ostler Lake to Amethyst. The water is strikingly blue! Temps are prime this time of year, plenty of great places to set up camp!

backpacking
19 days ago

Great backpacking trail/lake. Heavy use, so please make sure you pack in/pack out. The ranger at the trailhead told us open fires due to the “Extreme” fire danger rating. Unfortunately the people around us didn’t get the memo. The pit next to us re-sparked with the wind- luckily my friend and I were there to put it out.

Closer to 7 miles each way. The water spots along the way were my favorite. The steep part is steep going up, an slippery going down. Saw 2 moose (at separate times). Weather was mild and didn’t go below 44°.

Absolutely amazing. Bring tons of water, and if you’re not used to the altitude, you’re gonna be working a lot harder than normal.

Beautiful & remote trail with lots of different scenery along the way to a serene lake. Great trail for adventurous tourists!

hiking
22 days ago

One of my favorites. But it’s further than 4.5 miles. The views are amazing ! It’s mountain heaven !!

loved this hike. not too steep either way, great views of lakes, cliffs and rocks. We just hiked to Ibantic lake and back. the parking lot was overflowing and rude people parked by the no parking signs along the road, which blocked traffic. we parked in the overflow parking about a half mile away with no problem.

This hike had amazing views and lots of different terrain. We didn’t calculate it exactly, but all our fit bits tracked it close to 6.5 miles. Official or not it seemed longer. Bug spray is a must. The trail was busier than expected, but we went on a holiday. There is also a scout camp, so you may run into large groups of boys. Also, don’t forget to pay the recreation fee. ($6.00) The drop boxes are not near the trail head. Closest one is by Mirror Lake.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a beautiful hike that has a lot of beautiful vistas, lakes, meadows and forests. Fairly busy but not bad. We hiked only as far as the pass and didn’t go down to Ibantik Lake.

This is a great Trail if it wasn't for the middle part being so Steep and Rocky I would give it 5 stars.

This hike is a great find but definitely a moderate hike. I wish I had known about the bugs because I was eaten alive so bring bug spray! We passed like five lakes and it was so beautiful. Not too crowded which was super nice. I would definitely do this hike again.

Fun hike, lots of people...

Fun loop, lots of lakes. Bring bug spray!

One of the best trails I’ve been on in a long while. I believe the views at the top rival those of Baldy...plus you get a great view of Baldy too! Saw a dozen or so mountain goats off to the side of the mountain...definitely keep your eyes peeled. Time and mileage will depend on your route as there is no trail. We did it in around 3 miles with plenty of switchbacking and exploring. Absolutely no one on the trail...pretty amazing for a summer Saturday in the Uintas.

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