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Mirror Lake Highway

A scenic high-altitude drive is the highest paved highway of Utah


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Mirror Lake Highway or State Route 150 is the highest asphalted road and a popular scenic byway in Utah, 50 miles (80 km) east of Salt Lake City. Starting from Kamas (some 20 minutes from Park City) the road winds through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and into the Uinta Mountains to the Wyoming/Utah border. The road passes farms, ranches, green meadows, and rugged rock formations. You'll discover picnic areas, scenic viewpoints, fishing lakes, and campgrounds. Also, Wasatch-Cache National Forest section of the drive features exciting hairpin corners and steep grades, as well as stunning mountain views.

Mirror Lake Highway facts

Mirror Lake Highway is 77 miles (124 km) long. It was built in 1933. The highest point of the byway is the Bald Mountain Pass at 10,687 feet (3,257 m). After the pass, the road descends to Mirror Lake and Bear River Ranger Station. From there, the road runs parallel the Bear River and on to Evanston, Wyoming.

When is Mirror Lake Highway open

The road is typically open from late May through October. The Mirror Lake Highway closure occurs when the snow is too deep to plow. The heavy snowfalls start around early November. You can check the current status at UDOT TRAFFIC.

Mirror Lake Highway camping

Kamas area boasts several campgrounds offering recreation activities such as hiking and fishing. You can stop at Mirror Lake Campground tucked just off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Its campsites sit right on the shores of its beautiful eponymous lake and boast stunning views. However, the campground is unpaved. Paved camping opportunities off the road include Trial Lake Campground and Lilly Lake Campground. Just note that the latter is non-reservable, whereas two others require the reservations to be made at least five days in advance. Additionally, you may want to have a look at the Mirror Lake Highway map below and study hotel options.

Mirror Lake Highway hiking trails

The byway slices High Uinta Wilderness which boasts a number of hiking trails packed with scenic views. Bald Mountain Trail and Crystal Lake Trail are some of the most popular hiking areas near Kamas. Also, you can walk a scenic and well-kept Lofty Lake Trail near Hanna. The trailheads are located just off Utah State Route 150 making them extra popular with the visitors to Mirror Lake Highway. Naturally, these trails tend to be heavily trafficked. Hiking in early fall is particularly splendid when Utah is dressed in fall foliage.

Practical info

Is Mirror Lake Highway open?

The Highway is typically open from late May through mid-fall or until the snow is too deep to plow.

When does Mirror Lake Highway close?

The Highway is closed when the snow is too deep to plow, which is roughly early November.

Can you drive to Mirror Lake Utah?

You can drive there by Mirror Lake Highway. But keep in mind that the Highway is a seasonal road with regular closured during winter.

Is Mirror Lake open for camping?

You can reserve campsites at Mirror Lake from May through October. Off-season camping is also available.

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