Lakeshore National Recreation Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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.

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.

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail Vicinity Map - click Here
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At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Autumn
Busiest Season: Summer/Autumn
Closest Towns: Loa, UT



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