The Notch - Uinta Mountains


The trail to The Notch is a gradual climb that winds mainly north from Crystal Lake Trailhead parking lot. It begins just yards from Lily Lakes and cuts through the middle of them on its way past several other lakes. The rocky dirt path passes through fir trees and other vegetation painted yellow, orange and green during the fall. Along the path to the east is a great view of Bald Mountain. At mile 0.8, the trail hits Wall Lake. Follow the path northeast over a bridge where the trail is mostly flat. At mile 1.4, the trail passes near Hope Lake on the left before running up several switchbacks that arrive at Alpine Lake at mile 1.6. Cross the low wooden walkway going northwest and head up several more switchbacks. At mile 1.9 the trail is blocked by a thin, fallen tree. Continue up another half a mile to The Notch where you get great views of two valleys. One looks back down the way you came onto Twin Lakes. The other continues northeast down into a valley that leads to Lovenia Lake in the distance and eventually Ibantik and Meadow lakes. Fees: $6, Horses and dogs allowed

Getting there: From Kamas, take U.S. Highway 150 along Mirror Lake Highway. Follow the road to mile post 26 and turn left to Crystal Lake trailhead parking lot.


-- Photo and text by Jason Bergreen, graphic by Amy Lewis/The Salt Lake Tribune

Region: Northeast Utah/ Uintas

Destination: The Notch

Distance: 4.6 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 491 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 40.707447, -110.959339

Difficulty: 3


First published 2008-09-27