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(Tribune file photo) The Lake Blanche Hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon is a popular trail that is about 3 miles to the top.
10 great hikes to Utah mountain lakes

First Published Jul 05 2012 01:36 pm • Last Updated Jul 06 2012 03:05 pm

There’s something about summertime and water. Who doesn’t love playing in or sitting around a pool, river, ocean or… a lake?

In Utah, you can combine your lake lounging with a good mountain hike. Here are 10 Utah trails, in no particular order, leading to a high-altitude lake. Where swimming is allowed, do so at your own risk.


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Red Pine Lake — Little Cottonwood Canyon

This trail comes with a great view of the Salt Lake Valley. Enjoy crystal clear waters in this lake.

Round trip • 6.2 miles

Elevation change • 2,010 feet

Difficulty • Moderate

Directions to trailhead • Drive 4.6 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon and take a right for the White Pine trailhead and parking lot.


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Island Lake — Uinta Mountains

We could make a whole list out of mountain lakes in the Uinta Mountains. We’ll pick this one because it’s not so crowded. Changing leaves also makes this a good fall hike. The path is rocky, but there’s little elevation change from the trail head.

Round trip • 6 miles

Elevation change • 332 feet

Difficulty • Moderate

Directions to trailhead • From Kamas, take U-150 east for 32 miles to the Crystal Lake trailhead. The trail for Long Lake and Island Lake begins here.

Oowah Lake — Moab

Yes, there is a road leading to Oowah Lake, but why drive there? The Boren Mesa Trail takes you through an aspen forest in the La Sal Mountains to reach the lake.

Round trip • 5.6 miles

Elevation gain • 623 feet

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