Smith and Morehouse Trail

Oakley, Utah

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Thinning forest, lush green meadows, tiny brooklets of crystal clear water (always filter), white rock outcroppings, and a few small lakes grace the saddle area along the trail. We recommend camping off-trail at one of the lakes in the saddle. From your camp you can make side trips to Island and Big Elk Lakes. Island Lake lies about 1 mile south on the main trail. To reach Big Elk Lake watch for a trail sign just before dropping off the south side of the saddle. The sign indicates the path going west, crossing behind the peak on the west side of the saddle. The trail to Big Elk Lake is faint, but well cairned.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Thinning forest, lush green meadows, tiny brooklets of crystal clear water (always filter), white rock outcroppings, and a few small lakes grace the saddle area along the trail. We recommend camping off-trail at one of the lakes in the saddle.

From your camp you can make side trips to Island and Big Elk Lakes. Island Lake lies about 1 mile south on the main trail. To reach Big Elk Lake watch for a trail sign just before dropping off the south side of the saddle. The sign indicates the path going west, crossing behind the peak on the west side of the saddle. The trail to Big Elk Lake is faint, but well cairned.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Oakley
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 3,570 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 days
Season: July to October
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Kamas Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Erickson Basin
Driving Directions: Directions to Smith and Morehouse Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/17/2003
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I have just returned from hiking the Smith and Morehouse trial all the way to Island Lake. It is on of my favorite trials to backpack on. I like it so much that I return at least every year and do it again. For most of the hike it is an easy slow sloped hill, but you will come to a few steep parts. My favorite thing to do is camp by the river the follows the the trail for almost the whole way, it is good fishing. Every time I go I see a lot of wild game along the trail, like moose, deer and even a few elk. Also along the trial about a half hour walk is a nice Beaver dam. As you will near the top of the trail you can view the lake, it is beautiful almost at tree line the lake sits neastled at the bottom of a huge boulder mountain and this early in the year there is almost always snow the comes down the mountain almost to the the lake. This trail should be hike by all outdoor lovers! Its a good one!



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