Clegg Lake - Notch Lake - Bench Lake | Western Uintas

Hiking Clegg Lake - Notch Lake - Bench Lake - Western Uintas Hiking Clegg Lake - Notch Lake - Bench Lake

Western Uintas

Overview

RATING: Easy/Moderate Hike
MAPS: MIRROR LAKE, UT

Mon

Snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy. High near 38, with temperatures falling to around 32 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 3 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

38 | 28

Tue

Snow showers likely before noon, then snow showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. West northwest wind 8 to 12 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

31 | 21

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 19

Thu

A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

39 | 27

Fri

A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

38 | 21

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SEASON: Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Filterable at the lakes.

Mon

Snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy. High near 38, with temperatures falling to around 32 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 3 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

38 | 28

Tue

Snow showers likely before noon, then snow showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. West northwest wind 8 to 12 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

31 | 21

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 19

Thu

A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

39 | 27

Fri

A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

38 | 21

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West side of Notch Mountain

West side of Notch Mountain

Tucked off the shoulder of Bald Mountain and Reids Peak, Clegg and Notch Lake are scenic lakes with an alpine feel. Clegg Lake is one of my favorite lakes along the Mirror Lake highway. It is a long enough hike to not have crowds, but still short enough to be a good family outing. Notch Lake, beyond Clegg, is a reservoir. The imposing west face of Notch Mountain towers above the lake and makes for a dramatic setting. In drier years, however, Notch Lake can be quite low which takes away a bit of its beauty to my eye.

Note: Looking to get off the beaten path? Bring a GPS! There are several lakes a stone's throw from the trail hidden in the trees that see less visitation that those right along the trail. Dean Lake and Reids Lake are the two named lakes in the area, but several small ponds also dot the landscape and make great picnic spots.
Camping Note: Both lakes make for good, short backpacking excursions. Be sure to practice minimal impact camping techniques.
Passing around the edge of Bald Mountain

Passing around the edge of Bald Mountain

Getting There

Note: The Mirror Lake highway that is used to access this hike is closed in the winter. The gate is typically open from Memorial Day until late October, but if planning this hike on the shoulder season, call the forest service to see if it is open. ((801) 466-6411)

The trailhead is at mile post 29.1, which is 29.1 miles from Kamas Utah on highway 150, or about 48 miles south of Evanston Wyoming on highway 150. The Mirror Lake highway is closed from late fall to about Memorial Day. The trail would likely be very snowy until late June in most years.

The trailhead has a pit toilet and a large parking area. It is well signed.

Crossing a wetland on the way to Notch Lake

Crossing a wetland on the way to Notch Lake

Route

Backpacking note: Clegg and Bench are both natural lakes. As such, they are more resistent to drought and tend to have more water during dry times of the year. Notch Lake is a reservoir. All three lakes are beautiful and provide good camping, but in the fall or during very dry years, Clegg and Bench would be my top choices. Notch Lake was very low both fall trips I made to the lake.

To Clegg Lake (2 miles / 1 hour)
From the Bald Mountain Trailhead, follow the trail north from the parking lot. A pit toilet and couple of picnic tables are available at the trailhead. Just a couple of minutes from the parking lot, the trail splits. Right is the Bald Mountain trail that climbs steeply to the summit of Bald Mountain. Go left on the North Lake trail.

The trail ambles west below Bald Mountain with some gentle ups and down and great views. Once past the corner of Bald Mountain, the trail heads northwest with Reids Peak prominent to the north. A picturesque pond is passed just before reaching Clegg Lake about 2 miles from the trailhead.

To Notch Lake (1 mile from Clegg Lake / 30 minutes)
Continuing past Clegg Lake, the trail continues meandering through minor wetlands passing near Dean Lake, but not within sight of it. As the west face of Notch Mountain comes into full view, Notch Lake also comes into view at its base.

To Bench Lake (less than 1/2 Notch Lake / 15 minutes)
Continuing past North Lake, the trail pass through forest, climbs for a brief section, then ambles past a small meadow before reaching Bench Lake.


Maps

Clegg / 3.39 miles / Elevation Range 10,479 - 10,773 ft.
Clegg and Notch Lakes / 5.20 miles / Elevation Range 10,324 - 10,773 ft.
Clegg Notch and Bench Lakes / 6.48 miles / Elevation Range 10,270 - 10,773 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 508126mE 4504245mN

N40° 41' 21" W110° 54' 14"

Clegg Lake

12T 506314mE 4505183mN

N40° 41' 51" W110° 55' 31"

Notch Lake

12T 505687mE 4506148mN

N40° 42' 22" W110° 55' 58"

Bench Lake

12T 505453mE 4506886mN

N40° 42' 46" W110° 56' 08"

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