Shoreside Loop (Mirror Lake)

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Shoreside Loop (Mirror Lake)

Distance: 1.4mi
Elevation: 23ft
Time: 1-1.5h

Difficulty Rating:

A great, easy hike to do if you are enjoying the beach or the water of Mirror Lake. The Shoreside Loop trail walks you around the entire lake and grants stunning views up to the mountains that surround it.

Getting there

From Kamas take Utah 150 for 50.2km until you see signs for Mirror Lake. Turn right and descend down the paved access road down to the ranger station, parking lot, and campground. Find parking in the boat launch/picnic area, not the official hiking parking.

About

When to do

Spring through fall

Backcountry Campsites

None

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Elevation


Detailed Description

Head down to the lake from the parking lot and decide which way to complete the loop. Both ways grant identical views, and both are thoroughly enjoyable. This trail description will detail the hike going counter clockwise.

Once down at the lake, head to the right along the wide dirt path that follows close to the river. Soon you will leave most of the crowds and your only companion will be fellow hikers and the occasional hardy family looking to hike first, swim later.

Almost immediately, as you look west, you will be able to see Reids Peak towering over the lake. Continuing along, you will swerve left and right as you follow the contours of Mirror Lake.

Soon you will reach the north side of the lake and the path will veer left. Looking south you can see Murdoch Mountain, taking Reids’ place.

The path will head west before turning left to veer south. Here are some of the best views of the hike. You will be able to see the whole massif of Mount Agassiz reflected across the water!

Finally, you will return to the beach and your car, completing the loop.

Insider Hints

  • Bring fishing rods, kayaks, or swim gear to further enjoy the beautiful alpine lake.

  • A recreation pass is required to park in the National Forest, which can be purchased throughout the park; however, a National Parks Pass is also accepted.

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