Lofty Ambitions on Lofty Peak

August 15, 2009 at 7:05 am Leave a comment

With SamIAm visiting Utah fresh from the lowlands of Pennsylvania we thought about a hike that could allow him to acclimatize to higher altitudes. A not-too-strenuous hike in the Uintahs, the Lofty Lake Loop, fit the bill. And, of course, we could tag on a Cheeseburger summit to boot.

The Lofty Lake Loop begins and ends at the Pass Lake Trailhead, located right off of the Mirror Lake Highway. We proceeded in a clockwise fashion, passing scenic Kamas Lake first.

Bald Mountain

Soon after leaving Kamas Lake the trail begins to switchback to a small plateau at almost 11,000 ft.

Up to Lofty Lake

The beautiful, but small, Lofty Lake lies here. It is surrounded by a variety of summits. The two easiest to reach are Lofty Peak – to the northeast and Scout Peak – to the south. We chose to ascend the rocks of Lofty Peak to its summit. Here we enjoyed a trio of summit Cheeseburgers.

The Money Shot

The summit provides a great view of Lofty Lake with Scout Peak in the background.

Scout Peak and Lofty Lake

On the descent we found some beautiful columbine.

Lofty Peak Columbine

The loop is completed with a steep descent to Scout Lake and an easy return to the Pass Lake trailhead. The entire hike is a bit over 5 miles and makes for a great family hike in the Uintahs.

Lofty Peak – SamIAm, BarBarJinks, sirloinofbeef

Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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To encourage, enable, and document the consumption of a Cheeseburger on every summit on earth.
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