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Clyde Lake Trail

Uinta Mountains, Utah

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  • Starting out from the Crystal Lake Trailhead. There are so many available hikes from this one parking lot. - Clyde Lake Trail
  • Everything is very well marked along the way.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Crystal Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • The boardwalk along Crystal Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Cliff Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Backcountry campers at Cliff Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Small waterfall along the way.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Hiking the Clyde Lake Trail.
- Clyde Lake Trail
  • A deer bounding through the trees.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Looking down onto Wall Lake with Notch Mountain (11,258 ft) in the background. - Clyde Lake Trail
  • Wall Lake on the right and a small pond on the left. - Clyde Lake Trail
  • Wall Lake on the right and a small pond on the left. - Clyde Lake Trail
  • Clyde Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Rock formations over Booker Lake just past Clyde Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Booker Lake.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • A small pond along the way with some wildflowers growing near Clyde Lake. - Clyde Lake Trail
  • Views from the Clyde Lake Trail.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Wall Lake and Notch Mountain.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Clyde Lake Trail.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • The Uinta Mountains are filled with beautiful scenery.- Clyde Lake Trail
  • Cliff Lake in the setting sun.- Clyde Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Dogs allowed. Great views. Fishing.
Cons: 
Lots of mosquitos in early summer.
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Region:
Uinta Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
10,450.00 ft (3,185.16 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
402.00 ft (122.53 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
May 15 to November 15
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Total elevation gain: 
402.00 ft (122.53 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,048.00 ft (3,062.63 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Clyde Lake Trail starts off from the Crystal Lake Trailhead along the Mirror Lake Highway. Not far from Washington Lake, this is a very popular place to start many hikes of varying lengths without having to get too deep into the vast mountain range. Clyde Lake Trail starts out heading west but soon turns north (with a marked sign) as it takes you along Cliff Lake. This hike is quintessential Uintas and offers views of rolling hills with tall pines and tons of small ponds, creeks, and lakes. You can get some great views of Notch Peak above Wall Lake as you near the end of the trail, and large patches of flowers pop up along the hike in the summer months.

In the early summer this place is absolutely loaded with mosquitos and mayflies, so be prepared. You can bring your dogs off leash along with you, and dispersed camping is allowed when following the regulations of backpacking near lakes. There is not that much elevation gain, so this is a great trail for the family. Keep an eye out for moose, which are very common here, as well as hummingbirds, marmot and hawks. The trailhead has bathrooms, and there is ample parking with overflow lots.

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