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Backpack to Notch Lake

Kamas, Utah

based on 1 reviews



4.6 miles

Elevation Gain

-600 ft

Route Type



Added by Kim Baker

A gradual downhill hike, through wildflower meadows and past two other beautiful lakes. Several campsites, all with breathtaking views.

The hike to Notch Lake begins at the Bald Mountain trailhead. You'll need to display a recreation pass in your vehicle to park at the trailhead. You can purchase a pass for $6 at the fee station entering the forest boundary (east of Kamas) or at the Forest Service office right in Kamas. 

Take the trail on the left side with the sign for "Notch Mountain Trail." The downhill trail leads you through several beautiful meadows with wildflowers in the summer. 

After 1.5 miles you'll arrive at Clegg Lake. Continuing north along the trail you'll pass by Dean Lake just before arriving at Notch Lake. This hike is 2.3 miles to the lake with a -600 ft. elevation loss. Keep in mind that there will be a 600 ft. elevation gain for your return hike. 

There are several campsites surrounding Notch Lake, all with beautiful views and some with fire pits. The lake is a popular destination, especially in the summer. Arrive early in the day when possible to claim your campsite.

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Backpack to Notch Lake Reviews

I went backpacking to notch lake for the first time and it was amazing, there were wildflowers all over the trail and the lake at the end of it was gorgeous. Make sure to catch it at sunset to the the sun set right in the notch. it was a pretty flat trail overall, great for beginners. there were a few tree's fallen over the trail but I cut the smaller ones out of the way. There are great fire pits at the lake with lots of dead wood to use just remember to use it sparingly. There were some small patches of snow left but it was plenty warm, just needed a hoodie at the lake because of the wind.

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