Ouray Lake

Kamas, Utah 84036

Ouray Lake

Ouray Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but give it a chance. This is a good place to establish a base camp, or just hide out. At the north end of the lake is a great little campsite, complete with rock tables; nearby, a couple of springs enter the small streams that feed Ouray Lake. Equestrians particularly like this spot because it is situated in a box canyon with plenty of horse pasture.

The Highline is the most popular trailhead of the High Uintas. From Kamas, take the Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) 34 miles to a large sign on the east side of the road that says “Highline Trail.” You can’t get lost finding this one. This trailhead has a listed capacity of twenty-four vehicles, but there are often considerably more parked here on busy weekends. The overcrowded trailhead is equipped with toilets, water, stock ramp, and nearby campsites. This is the main takeoff point for popular treks ranging from 5 to 50 miles in length."

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This is an amazing lake to camp at, the lake is ok fishing but the inlet and outlet are absolutely amazing. The fishing is very fast although the fish were generally around six inches. There is a spring nearby for water, and the meadows at the top end of the lake offer wonderful camping areas. Lighting and Jack and Jill lakes, are only a short distance away, and Jack and Jill while slower offer much larger fish.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
15 hours
10,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,300 feet
Top Elevation
Ashley National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Hayden Peak, Explorer Peak
Local Maps

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