Forest Lake - 
 Fork Canyon


Forest Lake is not a recreation spot where you want to fish or swim, but it sits in the middle of a tree-lined basin that is green in the summer and changes colors in the fall. A creek runs in front of the trailhead. Even in late summer you must be prepared to get your feet wet. After the creek, follow the trail to the left. You will see a few markers labeling the trail as “FS 194.” The trail ascends through the Uinta National Forest and is shaded by aspen and pine trees. The trail receives heavy traffic by off-road vehicles and can be muddy year round. At the top of the trail is a basin containing Forest Lake.

Getting there: From Interstate 15, take State Road 92 into American Fork Canyon. Go to Tibble Fork Reservoir and find the right fork, an unpaved road. Follow it for 4.2 miles. The road has exposed rock, wash outs and will be slow traveling. A high-clearance vehicle is preferable. The trailhead is Shaffer Fork, which also is labeled as “FS 194.”


-- Nate Carlisle and Amy Lewis

Region: Utah County

Destination: Forest Lake

Distance: 3.8 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 997 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: N/A

Difficulty: 1


First published 2009-09-27