Backpack and Camp at Ibantik Lake

Crystal Lake Trailhead

Distance: 5 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 1000'Overnight camping is permitted. You'll see mountain goats, alpine lakes, meadows, and spectacular views.

From the Crystal Lake trailhead, follow the trail 1.1 miles north to Wall Lake. Here, you'll come to a junction with the trail from Trail Lake; take the left trail heading north to Notch Mountain, and Ibantik Lake is a mere .6 miles northeast, nestled next to Notch Peak.

At Ibantik Lake, you'll find fewer people and better campsites than at the nearby Lovenia Lake.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Food and snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sun block
  • Hat
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Ibantik Lake/ Clyde Lake Loop

Did the ibantik lake trail and combined it with the Clyde lake trail to make a loop back around. This is a pretty easy hike in my opinion. The hardest part is going up to the notch, but the trial is pretty well maintained on this part and it really isn’t too bad. The views from the notch are amazing. I was surprised at how crowded ibantik lake was tho. There were easily 20-30 ppl there scattered around the lake. On the way back, I took the loop up around the 3 divide lakes over to Clyde lake, and went back that way. Overall this was a really cool hike with the route I took back because it is pretty mellow the whole way and you get to see a handful of different lakes along the way. This time of year there wild flowers are in full bloom. If you have young kids I’m not sure how well they would do going up and over the notch, but if you continue to do the loop go around to Clyde lake from the ibantik lake trailhead it would be a great one for kids.

8 Miles Round Trip, Overnight

I did Ibantik Lake overnight July 16th to the 17th. My long time friend joined me as well as his 7 month old GoldenDoodle (who was thrilled and loved every minute.) The switch backs in Notch can be a bit tedious but it was a very rewarding trip. I clocked about 4.25 miles on my trip in. I was very surprised with the traffic we experienced. We crossed paths with several day hikers on our trip out and the trip back. There was also about 3-4 other groups camping around the lake that we noticed. We went during the weekend which always seems to be a busy time for the Uintas. We made a little trip into the gorge just past the lake right after we set up camp. Very beautiful and scenic. We saw mountain goats both days! When we were packing up on the 17th we watched a group of them wonder into the camp that was next to ours. Great trip and well worth it!


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