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    877 m
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    15.3 km
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    Castle Lake Trail


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    The Castle Lake Trail is a challenging route in the Western Uintas. This hike can be done either as a day hike or broken up over a few days by camping at Castle Lake. Dogs are welcome to join you on this trail, though please respect local wildlife and keep your dog close by while hiking.

    Route Description for Castle Lake Trail

    The Castle Lake Trail is a fantastic route in the western Uinta Mountains. This trail is challenging and for experienced hikers only. The Castle Lake Trail has some steep and loose sections, so hikers should arrive with proper, supportive hiking footwear; we also recommend bringing along a set of hiking poles for some extra support. Whether you do the Castle Lake Trail in one day or extend your hike into an overnight backpacking trip, this trail is an excellent adventure through the beautiful Utah wilderness.

    From the Yellow Pine Trailhead, follow the Yellow Pine Trail northeast along Yellow Pine Creek for approximately 5.5 km to a divide. At the divide, take the path on your right to continue northeast past Castle Peak to Castle Lake.

    Take a well-deserved rest on the shores of Castle Lake, then, when you’re ready, simply turn back and retrace your steps back to the Yellow Pine Trailhead where you began.

    Getting to the Castle Lake Trail Trailhead

    From Kamas, Utah, head east on Highway 150 for 9.7 km and look for the Yellow Pine Trailhead on the north side of the road. The Castle Lake Trail begins here.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Camping at Castle Lake, Yellow Pine Campground

    • When to do:

      May to October

    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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