Island Lake

Mountain View, Wyoming

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Many lakes in the High Uintas claim the name of Island. However, this lake is the king of all the Island Lakes—mainly because it’s the biggest. Island Lake is reached from either Hoop or Spirit Lake. The Spirit Lake Trail is about a mile longer, but the elevation gain is 1,000 feet less. From Hoop Lake, the trail climbs southwest up a steep incline then over the more gradual slope of Burnt Ridge 3.5 miles to a trail junction. The trail to the right goes to Beaver Lake. Stay left, descending to Thompson Creek. The trail follows the stream briefly, then crosses it and comes to a trail crossing about 1.8 miles from the last junction. Continue straight across the other trail and climb up and over Kabell Ridge 1.5 miles to another junction with the trail descending into Burnt Creek. Turn right (south) and go 1.0 mile to the lake.
Hiking Utah's High Uintas

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Hiking Utah's High Uintas

by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman (Falcon Guides)

Many lakes in the High Uintas claim the name of Island. However, this lake is the king of all the Island Lakes—mainly because it’s the biggest. Island Lake is reached from either Hoop or Spirit Lake. The Spirit Lake Trail is about a mile longer, but the elevation gain is 1,000 feet less.

From Hoop Lake, the trail climbs southwest up a steep incline then over the more gradual slope of Burnt Ridge 3.5 miles to a trail junction. The trail to the right goes to Beaver Lake. Stay left, descending to Thompson Creek. The trail follows the stream briefly, then crosses it and comes to a trail crossing about 1.8 miles from the last junction. Continue straight across the other trail and climb up and over Kabell Ridge 1.5 miles to another junction with the trail descending into Burnt Creek. Turn right (south) and go 1.0 mile to the lake.

© 2016 Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain View
Distance: 15.5
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 10 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,000 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Fox Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Lake

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