Backpack and Camp at Ibantik Lake

Utah Crystal Lake Trailhead

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Distance: 5 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 1000'Overnight camping is permitted. You'll see mountain goats, alpine lakes, meadows, and spectacular views.

From the Crystal Lake trailhead, follow the trail 1.1 miles north to Wall Lake. Here, you'll come to a junction with the trail from Trail Lake; take the left trail heading north to Notch Mountain, and Ibantik Lake is a mere .6 miles northeast, nestled next to Notch Peak.

At Ibantik Lake, you'll find fewer people and better campsites than at the nearby Lovenia Lake.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Food and snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sun block
  • Hat
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Activities:

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Lake
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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How to Get There

11 months ago

8 Miles Round Trip, Overnight

I did Ibantik Lake overnight July 16th to the 17th. My long time friend joined me as well as his 7 month old GoldenDoodle (who was thrilled and loved every minute.) The switch backs in Notch can be a bit tedious but it was a very rewarding trip. I clocked about 4.25 miles on my trip in. I was very surprised with the traffic we experienced. We crossed paths with several day hikers on our trip out and the trip back. There was also about 3-4 other groups camping around the lake that we noticed. We went during the weekend which always seems to be a busy time for the Uintas. We made a little trip into the gorge just past the lake right after we set up camp. Very beautiful and scenic. We saw mountain goats both days! When we were packing up on the 17th we watched a group of them wonder into the camp that was next to ours. Great trip and well worth it!

11 months ago

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