Monday, April 30, 2018

Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail

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Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
The Kamas Overlook Trail is, and as the name implies, is near Kamas, Utah and offers a great view of the valleys nearby. It is a very mellow trail, only gaining 215 ft per mile! You will likely see few people here, but be advised this trail has zero shade. This trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and more and therefore the trail can get rutted out in early Spring. The best seasons to hike this trail are late Spring when the trail dries, and Fall after the temperatures have cooled off. Winter is doable, but the trail may be muddy, as its on a south facing hill. Summer could be miserably hot, unless you start really early in the morning.

This trail is dog friendly, but be aware that you will be hiking through an open range and there may be more than just cows here. You are likely to see deer, coyote, moose, and the occasional horse. If you hike here with your dogs, be sure to have a leash handy in case you come across wildlife. Bring plenty of water for the dogs, as there is only one small stream which may be dry in the Summer. The trail also all sand, which can burn their paws on hot days. Again, be sure to start early in the morning to beat the heat.

From SLC, head East on I-80 past Park City, UT then head South on HWY 40 towards Heber, UT. Turn left at the light for UT-32 towards Kamas, UT. Drive 12.8 miles. Turn left at the signed Red Cliff Campground. You will immediately see a dirt parking lot on your right - park here. 

Here is a driving map.

Distance: 7.6 miles RT
Elevation gain: 745 ft
Time: 2-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, but probably for only part of it due to distance
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
The dirt parking lot has this brown board. There is also a register box on the left. Because you will be hiking across and through private property owned by Victory Ranch (VR), you do need to sign in. The land owners are nice enough to let hikers and bikers use this trail, so please respect their signs and don't leave the trail. If this area gets trashed out, they have the right to cut off public access from this trail. All you need to do is sign your name, license plate, and write down that you are hiking.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Pass through gate #1, right behind the brown register box.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Within 2 minutes you'll see another gate on your right. Turn here, and make sure to close the gate behind you so cattle don't escape. 
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
The trail makes one switchback below this rock wall.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
The trails super mellow and basically flat the whole way. I love how open the views are!
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Wow, so pretty!

I hiked this trail on a Monday morning, and the first hour or so we got sprinkled on. These two things kept everyone away from the trail and I never saw anyone on this hike. Had it all to ourselves!
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Spring rain finally made some flowers bloom!
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Cross the one and only bridge. Like I mentioned earlier, you'll see several VR private property signs to stay on the trail. I must have seen close to 15 of them. This spot is also great to let the dogs take a quick drink from the stream. If you hike here mid-summer this may be bone dry.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
The clouds start to break up a little, and Charlie takes in the views.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
You'll be hiking towards these three humps - interestingly enough, the trail only leads you to the middle hump, not the highest of the bunch.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
A little more rain, and trail kisses, of course!
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Blue skies! The trail slowly gains elevation the entire time.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Charlie is ready for some sun. 
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Eventually you'll reach the "saddle", though its really just your first look at the valley below. They don't call it the Kamas Overlook for nothing! The trail will hug the East side of the hill for just a little bit, then will work up towards the middle hill.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
We made it to the Kamas Overlook (sometimes known as rocky top) in just 1 hour 15 minutes. I was hiking at a faster pace since the trail was so mellow. On the way down, we actually jogged and made it down in about 45-50 minutes.
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
Great views all around!
Hiking the Kamas Overlook Trail
By the time we jogged down, Charlie immediately ran towards the creek to cool off and drink. 


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1 comment:

  1. It's always sweet to have the trail to yourself. Looks like a beautiful hike. Of course, I love when Charlie hikes along:)

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