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Island Lake Hike

Uinta Mountains, Utah

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Island Lake Hike

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  • Backpackers on their way back from Long Lake.- Island Lake Hike
  • There are tons of of small lakes along the way.- Island Lake Hike
  • Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
  • The wildflowers were out early this year.- Island Lake Hike
  • The trail is well marked with many side routes to other lakes.- Island Lake Hike
  • Long Lake.- Island Lake Hike
  • Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
  • Crossing a small bridge to head toward Island Lake.- Island Lake Hike
  • Dogs love the Uintas!- Island Lake Hike
  • Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
  • The trail dips into the final small valley. - Island Lake Hike
  • Beautiful rock formations along the last third of the hike. - Island Lake Hike
  • Last ascent before the lake.- Island Lake Hike
  • Island Lake.- Island Lake Hike
  • Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
  • Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
  • Small walkway along the western shore.- Island Lake Hike
  • There are some great cliff jumping opportunities here.- Island Lake Hike
  • Views from the Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
  • Views from the Island Lake Hike.- Island Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Dogs allowed. Backcountry camping. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Lots of bugs in early summer.
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Region:
Uinta Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
10,305.00 ft (3,140.96 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 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, Biking
Total Distance: 
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,024.00 ft (3,055.32 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Crystal Lake Trailhead gives you access to a very large number of hikes right in the heart of the western Uintas. Heading west from the parking area takes you along several major lakes towards Island Lake. This lake also can be accessed from Weber Canyon by way of Smith and Morehouse Reservoir through a long eastward trek. Thanks to the many nearby forks and trails, you won't usually see too many people here on weekdays. Backcountry camping opportunities abound, and you can bring the dogs off-leash. This area has many ponds, lakes, and creeks that are very beautiful, but they do give the mosquitos a lot of places to breed. Swarms of bugs can get pretty bad in early summer, but that is also peak wildflower season in these parts, so cover up and bring some spray.

The rolling terrain never gets too steep, so bring the family along for a long but relatively easy hike. There is a fee to recreate in the Uintas, but you can leave your America the Beautiful Pass on your dashboard to enjoy the place for free. Keep an eye out for the plentiful moose in the area.

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