LAKESHORE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Image with a lake in the middle and aspen in fall colors on the right

The Lakeshore National Recreation Trail, comprised of four distinct sections, offers a variety of experiences for visitors to the Fish Lake Basin on the Fishlake National Forest. Visitors may wish to experience a portion of the trail or its entirety. Summer and fall are the best time to visit, with fall being a popular time to take in the autumn beauty of the Fish Lake Basin. Mid-September to early October are the best times for the fall colors.  Open in lower elevations only.

Section 1

  • Difficulty - Easy
  • Length - 3 miles
  • Trailhead - West of Doctor Creek Campground

The trail follows the western shore of Fish Lake from Lakeside Resort to Bowery Haven Resort. Interpretive signs are along the trail. Horses are not allowed on this portion of the trail.

Section 2

  • Difficulty - Moderate
  • Length - 2.5 miles
  • Trailhead - East of Bowery Haven Resort

This trail segment begins at Bowery haven resort and rises sharply to 9,120 feet in elevation at Pelican Point. The trail then descends to Lake Creek at 8,860 feet in elevation. There's a panoramic view of Fish lake and Fish Lake basin from the top of Pelican Point. Historical interpretive signs are located along the trail.

Section 3

  • Difficulty - Moderate then Difficult
  • Length - 5.5 miles
  • Trailhead - Lake Creek

The trail rises in a steep grade over the first 1,000 feet from the eastern shoreline of Fish Lake to the third overlook on Mytoge Mountain; elevation 10,010 feet. great views of Fish Lake and the Fishlake Basin. Historical interpretive signs are located along the trail.

Section 4

  • Difficulty - Difficult
  • Length - 4 miles
  • Trailhead - Third overlook on Mytoge Mountain

This segment of the trail begins at the third overlook on Mytoge Mountain and passes the second overlook before descending 1,000 feet to the eastern shoreline of Fish Lake. The trail segment ends at the Doctor Creek Trailhead, which is at an elevation of 8,862 feet. This segment is not recommended for mountain bikes.


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At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Autumn
Busiest Season: Summer/Autumn
Closest Towns: Loa, UT
Water: No water available
Restroom: Vault toilets.

General Information

Directions:

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail Section 1 Trailhead is located at the Doctor Creek Trailhead. It is 39.5 miles east of Richfield, Utah. Head east on UT-118 N/E 300 N toward N 100 E 0.8 miles. Continue straight onto UT-119 E 8.8 miles. Turn right onto UT-24 E 23.1 miles then turn left onto UT-25 N 6.8 miles destination will be on the right.

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail Section 2 Trailhead is located on the east side of Bowery Haven Resort.  The Bowery Creek Resort is 42.6 miles east of Richfield, Utah. Head east on UT-118 N/E 300 N toward N 100 E 0.8 mi. Continue straight onto UT-119 E 8.8 miles. Turn right onto UT-24 E for 23.1 miles then turn left onto UT-25 N for approximately 9.9miles. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the road.

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail Section 3 Trailhead is located at the Lake Creek Trailhead. It is approximately 46 miles east of Richfield, Utah. Head east on UT-118 N/E 300 N toward N 100 E 0.8 miles. Continue straight onto UT-119 E 8.8 miles. Turn right onto UT-24 E 23.1 miles. Turn left onto UT-25 N 10.0 miles.Continue onto FR640 3.2 miles then turn right onto FR1459 for 0.1 miles.

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail Section 4 Trailhead is 47 miles east of Richfield, Utah. Head east on UT-118 N/E 300 N toward N 100 E 0.8 miles. Continue straight onto UT-119 E 8.8 miles. Turn right onto UT-24 E 23.1 miles then turn left onto UT-25 N 4.8 miles.  Turn right (south) on FR046. Follow FR046 for 9.3 miles. (FR046 will first head west, then begins to head southeast, and ends up heading northeast on Mytoge Mountain). Finally turn left (north) on FR750 for 0.3 miles.


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