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Along the Lofty Lake Trail

Lofty Lake Loop

Uinta Mountains
Hiking & Backpacking

          Lofty Lake is the highest lake in the western Uinta Mountains and is situated at an oxygen depriving 10,830'. The Lofty Lake Loop hike provides access to several picturesque lakes. This is a great trail for the beginning backpacker or day hiker. Several of the lakes on the route are stocked with fish. A sweet route option is provided for those with some navigational skills who desire seclusion.

Circle of Friends:
          Wall Lake Loop is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Giles Wallace at Kamas Lake Wild Flowers at Kamas Lake

General Information:
          The Lofty Lake Loop hike is an extraordinary adventure. The route visits several worthy fishing holes and a couple of dazzling alpine meadows. The Lofty Lake area offers several opportunities for the backpacker.

          The basic loop hike can be completed in 3 to 4 hours. Optional routes will add 1 1/2 hours to your adventure. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this loop route. All hikers in your party should carry a minimum of one liter of water. Water is plentiful in this area, but all water taken from lakes and streams should be filtered before drinking.

          The route contains no real obstacles. Experienced and intermediate hikers will have no problems with this route. Novice hikers will need to pay attention to their map and route description. Lofty Lake Loop is rated 1 II using the Yosemite Decimal System.

          Navigation for this route is easy. A GPS is useful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills are helpful. It should be noted that due to new trail construction and trail realignment the USGS maps are not accurate in relation to trail location. The trails are correctly located on the map provided.

Lofty Lake 10,830'

          Fish found in the Uintas include arctic grayling, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, golden trout and rainbow trout. A Utah State Fishing License is required to fish in the Uintas.

Trailhead Information:
          This trailhead is accessible to all vehicles. Improved campgrounds are located nearby.

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