Lake View TrailEast Canyon State Park
East Canyon State Park, Fishing, Birding
Length: 1.6+ miles (loop)
Elevation Gain: 200 ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 1-2 hr
Features: Lake Views and Access
Nearest Town: Morgan, Ut
Lake View Trail in East Canyon State Park takes you on an easy hike offering opportunities to fish, bird, and relax while enjoying views of the park.
The trail is frequented by fisherman as an access to different areas of the lake.
- Trail Condition 75% 75%
- Usage 50% 50%
- Trail Head Easy to Find 80% 80%
- Kid Friendly 95% 95%
1. Relax and Unwind
About 0.5 miles down the trail you’ll find a bench where you can relax and soak in the view of the lake.
2. Wild and Not so Wild … Life
Follow the trail and keep your eyes peeled for birds hanging out at one of the many birdhouses along the trail. You may also be joined on the trail by some of the sheep that graze here.
The trail provides access to the water in a slightly less popular area of the State Park without having to drive to another location.
To find the trailhead enter East Canyon State Park through the North Entrance off of Hwy 66. This is the same entrance that accesses the Dixie Creek campground, marina, and picnic area. You’ll need to pay a fee or use your Utah State Parks Pass to enter.
The trailhead can be found between the yurts. As you walk between the yurts towards the creek, you’ll cross a small ditch that may be filled with water. When we hiked Lake View Trail in the spring there were rocks, logs, and a board to help cross without getting wet feet.
Once you head across the stream continue on the trail as it runs along the lake. The trail is really well defined and in great condition here.
The first part of the trail is heavily trafficked and you’ll see plenty of people fishing at the lake on this stretch of the trail.
As you continue on the trail you’ll reach a bench which is a great place to sit and view the lake. It’s amazingly serene to be here sitting, watching, relaxing, and listening to the sounds of the boats on the water. In hindsight I wish we’d packed a snack or lunch to enjoy while we were here.
If you want to continue on the trail from here it makes a loop coming back around the hill and down a set of switchbacks. You could start the loop by heading up these switchbacks, but I personally think doing the loop counterclockwise is a bit easier. Up higher, the trail gets a little more rugged as it’s less travelled, but we found it was still easy to follow.
Keep an eye out along the trail for the bird houses. If you’re lucky you might even spot birds hanging out with them! It turns out this trail can be a great place for bird watching.
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