Christmas Meadows to Kermsuh Lake

Kamas, Utah 84036

Christmas Meadows to Kermsuh Lake

Christmas Meadows to Kermsuh Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The trail starts out along the fringes of Christmas Meadows among aspens and pines. To the right is an open meadow, where lush greenery surrounds a slow-running stream. Watch for moose feeding in the meadows below. Soon the trail levels out and makes its way through a series of meadows connected by a slow-flowing, fish-filled stream.

After another slight elevation gain, the trail quickly makes its way to the east end of Kermsuh Lake, which offers several fine camping spots along its east and south sides. Look for signs of glacial movement, such as striations in the otherwise smooth rock, at the south end of the lake. The small lake, nestled at the base of a large cirque, offers plenty of solitude."

Christmas Meadows to Kermsuh Lake Reviews

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This was a great hike through streams and meadows of the Uintas. Plenty of shade and solitude during the hike. After crossing the river the trail gets very steep however. There is about half a mile of a steep uphill battle and the trail continues uphill until you reach the lake. Be prepared. Also, after crossing the wide meadows the trail dissapears. Stick next to the river the best you can (don't cross it) and you'll pick up the trail along the river's edge soon enough. Moderate might be a little on the optimistic side of the rating scale, especially if you are backpacking. But it's very doable and if you want to go to a lake that isn't frequented by every Tom, @$!*% and Harry, this is the one.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,990 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 2 days
July to September
Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Evanston Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Christmas Meadows, Hayden Peak; Trails Illustrated High Uintas Wilderness, Uinta Mountains, Kings Peak
Local Maps