Lofty Lake Loop

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain2,285ft
Trailhead Elevation10,158ft
Elevation Min/Max9999/10919ft
Elevation Start/End10158/10158ft

Lofty Lake Loop

Lofty Lake Loop is a hiking and horse trail in Duchesne County and Summit County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 10,158 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,285 feet. Pass Lake Trailhead and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also an information and restroom. Along the trail there are viewpoints and a wetland. This trail connects with the following: Cuberant Lake Cutoff and Ruth Lake Trail.

Lofty Lake Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"Lofty indeed, this loop hike takes you past lakes, over saddles, and to breathtaking views, and gives you a great introduction to the beauties of the High Uintas. With classic high alpine lakes cradled in rocky bowls or tucked pleasantly beneath towering rock walls, tall green pine trees, large meadows filled with waving grass and sometimes deep rivulets of streams, and a trail that is moderate enough for many hikers yet pleasantly challenging for beginners, this hike can make for a very beautiful day in the mountains.

This popular trail might be a little crowded on weekends and holidays, but sometimes you will have it mostly to yourself. Spectacular views from the high points are an added bonus to this loop that passes by or allows you to view five lakes. The change in terrain from tree-ringed meadows to barren above-timberline spots also makes this a topographically diverse hike."

"Lofty Lake Loop has something for everyone— lakes, streams, deep woods, meadows, ridge routes, mountain passes, and scenic views—all within a convenient loop. There are a few steep ascents and descents, but they’re never too long. Some route-finding and map-reading are required, but it’s never too challenging. The hike is well suited to families and children capable of hiking 4 miles over varied and sometimes rugged terrain. The entire hike is above 10,000 feet in elevation, so be on guard for symptoms of altitude sickness.

The trail starts near the restroom at the southwest side of the parking lot and ends just 100 feet away on the north side of the lot. In addition to the Lofty Lake Trail, the trailhead serves the Weber River Trail and the Cuberant Lake Trail. You’ll know you’re on the right trail when, 50 feet into the woods, you come to a sign directing you to Holiday Park (7 miles) and Cuberant Lake (3 miles)."

"A glorious, high mountain loop with sweeping vistas, gem lakes, wildflowers, and few visitors is a favorite for water-loving dogs. Although this trail is short and sweet, doggies feel like real explorers way out in the middle of the High Uintas. On an early Sunday morning you’re more likely to encounter bears and other wildlife than hikers. Before the first frost of autumn, be prepared for ravenous mosquitoes and afternoon rainstorms."

Lofty Lake Loop Reviews

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This is a great hike. My wife and I did this as an overnight, camping on Kamas lake. Pretty low traffic and some great views.

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Heber-Kamas Ranger District
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USGS Mirror Lake
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Nov 2018