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Castle Lake Out and Back

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A nice day trip to a less frequented destination in the Uintas.


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11.2

Miles

18.0

KM

Out and Back

9,902' 3,018 m

High

7,066' 2,154 m

Low

2,869' 874 m

Up

2,869' 874 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views

This one is open year round—even after the Mirror Lake Highway closes.

Overview

This 11.4 mile long hike is an out-and-back to a very nice lake, and has some really great views of the Provo River drainage and Mt. Timpanogos along the way.

Need to Know

  • Please be sure to securely close the forest service gate behind you.
  • Water is available along the entire length of the hike for those who boil/filter.
  • Trekking poles would be moderately useful for this one.

Description

The parking area for this hike is located on the north side of Mirror Lake Hwy (Hwy 150) about six miles east of Kamas.

Starting at the parking for the Yellow Pine Trailhead, cross the bridge to start this hike on Yellow Pine Trail. Continue east for a bit until the trail turns northeast and heads through a Forest Service gate (be sure to secure it closed behind you). The trail is wide and has a good surface for several miles. It consistently heads uphill to the northeast while crossing Yellow Pine Creek on several footbrigdes. The grade is mostly moderate with only a few short steeper sections.

When you reach the upper regions of the drainage, you'll encounter unique sign in the form of a log with engraved with a chainsaw. The Yellow Pine Trail turns to the left and heads up to the Yellow Pine Lakes. To continue this hike, head to the right onto Castle Lake Trail. Stay on the southeast side of Castle Peak to continue on to Castle Lake. The first quarter mile after the fork can be hard to follow but look for cairns and ribbons along the way where the trail is faint or snowy.

Castle Lake is a great spot to rest and have lunch. Once you're ready, turn around and head back the way you came.

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Chris Patterson

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Castle Lake
Nov 18, 2017 near Kamas, UT
Mt. Timpanogos from upper part of Yellow Pine Trail.
Nov 18, 2017 near Kamas, UT

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Aug 24, 2019
Shawn B.
May 13, 2019
Sarah Burns
Started a little too late so I didn't get to castle lake but an absolutely gorgeous hike. The elevation is no joke. Still some snow and runoff in May. 4mi — 2h 00m