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

1 month ago

The lake is beautiful getting to trailhead was a bit rough as the road is rocky and deep runoff ruts. Be careful about one third of the way in the trail forks and Someone has turned the arrow left . This takes you to the top of the mountain you need to go right to get to the lake . We hiked an extra 5 miles before we came back and found the lake.

I hiked this trail in 2016 and actually carried my one year old the whole way! Parts of the trail are steep! But the Lake is beautiful! We also carried a Canoe up there and played in the water! Absolutely beautiful and you can hike around the lake as well!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Great trail and scenery but leave fishing poles in car. The lake has drained out bone dry.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beautiful lake, but it takes some time to get here. High clearance vehicle is required to travel down the access road. Final 1.3 miles is by foot. Several fallen trees block the path, so you can get a little closer with a 4 wheeler but not the entire way.

We backpacked in and spent two nights at the lake without seeing a single other person there. Water is crystal clear, and fishing is great - we rarely went more than 2-3 minutes without hooking another fish (released them).

There are several primitive campsites in the area. Two are at the bottom of a small hill a few hundred feet east of the lake. Mosquitoes are very thick there, but they are protected from the wind. One is at the top of the small hill east of the lake - beautiful views while laying in your hammock, but the winds blow pretty strong there all day and night. There do not appear to be any sites south of the lake, but we found a few other spots on the north side that also appeared to be windy when we walked through.

This area is pristine - come prepared for solitude, and pack everything out.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Really easy, short hike. Shaded. If you go mid-summer in the summer the lake is full and a beautiful turquoise color. Later or earlier in the year, it isn't full or it drys up.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I've done this twice, once in early July and once in late August. There was still snow patches in July and snow along the ridge to the peak so we only went to the lakes that time. Beautiful flowers. Consistently steep for most of the trail and a few streams to pass. Beautiful day hike.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beautiful hike with wildflowers, snow banks and waterfalls. Had to cross several small streams but not too difficult. We only went as far as Wagner Lake but the GPS measured 8.6 miles R/T.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful trail, I hiked it over the 4th of July weekend and did not see another person on the trail. Breathtaking waterfall and flowers galore. The problem I had was the snow stoped me just short of getting to the peak. That said, not getting to the peak just gives me the excuse the try again later. I'll be back!

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