Kamas Lake, Again

Mt. Baldy from Kamas Lake
Mt. Baldy from Kamas Lake

I don’t know how many times we have hiked to and camped at Kamas Lake in the High Uintas. I’m always trying to get the kids to go somewhere else, but they always insist we go there. We have probably been there 8 or 10 times over the years. It’s always pretty much the same. We hike the short 1.5 miles to the lake in the early afternoon, or sometimes in the late morning. We set up camp, then go for a quick polar bear dunk in the very cold lake. We sometimes hike around the lake exploring the boulder fields on the east side of the lake. After dinner, we head over to the cliffs west of the lake and watch the sun set and maybe do a little bouldering.

The next day we hike up to Lofty Lake, stash our packs, and run up to the top of the summit of the peak overlooking Kamas Lake. We then hike over the saddle and down to Scout Lake and some rocky crags that form some caves. We eat lunch there, crawl around in the “caves” and do some more bouldering. This time we brought a rope, rock shoes, harnesses, and a chalk bag and top roped one of the higher cliffs where someone had set up some anchor bolts.

We have a pretty good time up there even though we only spend a night. It’s a nice quick escape from the summer heat of the Utah Valley below.

I didn’t take too many photos this year. Here are a few that I liked.

Forgot the tent pole so had to improvise with a big stick.
Forgot the tent pole so had to improvise with a big stick.
Finn looks like a climber from the 70's.
Finn looks like a climber from the 70’s, except for the shoes.
Lars trying to keep up with his big brother.
Lars trying to keep up with his big brother.
Natalie, contemplative.
Natalie, contemplative.
On the trail.
On the trail.

 

 

 

 

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