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    7.4 km
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Clyde Lake

    Clyde Lake hike in the Uinta Mountains

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    This easier hike captures much of the incredible beauty of The Uintas’ Lakes. Following an initially busy trail, the crowds thin as you approach the glistening Clyde Lake and the stunning mountains that surround it.

    Route Description for Clyde Lake

    Find the trailhead directly beside the pit toilets, with signs towards Cliff Lake and Watson Lake. The wide trail is initially quite flat as it leads out to your first stop, Cliff Lake. Before arriving at the lake, however, you will arrive a junction where you will turn right.

    After passing by Cliff Lake, the trail will begin to gain more elevation. You will pass the aptly named Petite Lake, and then Watson Lake. This hike is really a “hits list” for incredible alpine lakes. All of them have a beautifully unique charm.

    After a few switchbacks up a rough, rocky trail you will traverse along the side of Mt. Watson to finally reach the large and impressive Clyde Lake. From the West side - which you arrived on - the Notch Mountain will fill the view above the lake. We recommend following around the lake to the North edge and looking back to admire Mt Watson. Additionally, from this perspective the edge of the lake almost looks like an infinity pool, dropping off down to Wall Lake and the trail you ascended.

    After admiring the stunning beauty of the alpine lake, return the way you came.

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    Insider Hints for Clyde Lake

    • Pack a picnic for this bad boy. Clyde Lake makes such a scenic spot to enjoy a meal.
    • This is another extremely popular and easy backpacking destination.
    • A recreation pass is required to park in the National Forest, which can be purchased throughout the park. A National Parks Pass is also accepted.

    Getting to the Clyde Lake Trailhead

    From Kamas head east along Utah highway 150 for just over 40.2 km. Take the turnoff for the Trail Lake and Crystal Lake Campgrounds, and the Crystal Lake Trailheads. After turning off the highway follow signs for the Crystal Lake Trailhead and find a spot in the limited parking area.

    Route Information

    • When to do:

      Late Spring through Fall

    • Backcountry Campsites:

      Yes, Dispersed throughout the National Forest

    • Toilets:

      Yes, at trailhead

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

    Clyde Lake Elevation Graph

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