Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
277.00 ft (84.43 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
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This enjoyable hike combines two of the trails in the Ken’s Lake area to make a 3.4 mile loop. This loop covers some pretty terrain with views of the lake, surrounding red rocks, distant La Sal Mountains and a small waterfall.

Begin by parking at one of the large gravel lots by Ken’s Lake. From here begin walking toward the campground until you see the start of the trail (it should be easy to spot). The trail then wanders past the campground, and even through the campground at one point. Before long however the trail turns into the Falls Loop Trail and begins to follow the small creek upstream.

Continue onward until you reach Faux Falls. This small but beautiful waterfall is actually man-made, formed with water diverted from nearby Mill Creek that is used to supply Ken’s Lake. The Falls Loop Trail then crosses the creek at the base of the falls and heads back downstream. Note that this stretch of trail is a little tricky to follow and isn’t well marked.

You’ll continue following the Falls Loop Trail downstream, past a couple junctions, and eventually to Ken’s Lake itself. The singletrack trail will turn to gravel road. This is the Lake Loop portion of the hike. Continue walking around Ken’s Lake in a counter-clockwise direction. The views from the far side of the lake combined with a backdrop of red rock hills and the snow-capped La Sal Mountains is incredible.

The Lake Loop will lead right back to the parking area where you started from.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful area with red rock and La Sal Mountain views. Small but pretty waterfall.

Cons

Trail isn't all well maintained or marked.

Trailhead Elevation

5,045.00 ft (1,537.72 m)

Highest point

5,202.00 ft (1,585.57 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Fishing
Vault toilet
Family friendly
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

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