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10 great hikes to Utah mountain lakes



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Difficulty • Easy

Directions to trailhead • From Moab, take U.S. Highway 191 south about 7 miles and turn east at the signs for Kens Lake. Drive past the lake about 0.6 miles and turn right onto La Sal Mountain Loop Road. Follow it up the mountain 11.5 miles and bear right at a "Y" intersection marked as Forest Road 071. Take that road about 21/2 miles. The trailhead will be on your left.


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Forest Lake — American Fork Canyon

This lake, with its muddy waters, is not a recreation spot where you want to fish or swim, but it sits in the middle of a tree-lined basin that is green in the summer and changes colors in the fall.

Round trip • 3.8 miles

Elevation change • 997 feet

Difficulty • Easy

Directions to trailhead • From Interstate 15, take State Road 92 into American Fork Canyon. Go to Tibble Fork Reservoir and find the right fork, an unpaved road. Follow it for 4.2 miles. The road has exposed rock, wash outs and will be slow traveling. A high-clearance vehicle is preferable. The trailhead is Shaffer Fork, which also is labeled as "FS 194."


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White Pine Lake — Logan Canyon

When the wildflowers are blooming this is one of the most beautiful hikes in Utah. If wildflower season is over, the hike through the pines, aspens and a gurgling brook with views of mountain peaks will have to suffice until you reach the lake.

Round trip • 7 miles

Elevation change • 756 feet

Difficulty • Moderate

Directions to trailhead • Follow U.S. 89 out of Logan. Go past Utah State University and into the canyon. From the ranger station at the mouth of the canyon, travel about 20 miles and turn left at the Tony Grove turnoff. Make another quick left and drive up the hill about 7 miles. Park at the paved trailhead.

Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon

Not to be confused with a lake of the same name in Big Cottonwood Canyon, granite mountain walls, lush vegetation and waterfalls are the landscape that leads to Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon. The trail begins at the already picturesque Silver Lake Reservoir and climbs a dirt trail peppered with boulders.

Round trip • 4 miles

Elevation change • 1,413 feet

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