Trial Lake Campground is located just off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway on the shores of Trial Lake at an elevation of 9,500 feet. The byway cuts through the Uinta Mountains, which are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.
Trial Lake offers canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow trout.
Popular trailheads for Crystal Lake and Bald Mountain are located a mile away at Washington Lake Campground. Numerous additional hiking, biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding trails crisscross this beautiful region.
This campground contains several single-family sites and one double site, all with picnic tables and campfire rings. Some sites have tent pads. The lake is visible from most sites.
Vault toilets and trash collection are provided. Firewood is available for purchase from the host. Roads and parking spurs are paved.
A dense forest of Engelmann spruce and white fir covers the shores of the lake, providing ample shade in the campground. Summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Summer temperatures range from 65-75 degrees during the day to 40-50 degrees at night.
Mirror Lake Scenic Byway parallels the Lower Provo River as it snakes across a portion of the Uinta Mountains, leading to numerous high alpine lakes and streams, countless trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints and various campgrounds.
The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from several trails along the byway.
ADA Access: N
Very similar to the dispersed camping around Trial Lake this campground resides on the East side and features picnic tables and fire rings at the developed sites. The host at the campground offers wood but definitely bring your own water as due to the dry water year they have shut off all of the spigots at most of the campgrounds along Mirror Lake Hwy. Trial Lake has been especially hit hard this year with the lake resembling more of a puddle and is visibly about 50' lower than where the shoreline previously was at springtime. So if you're looking for some pristine lakeside mountain camping your best bet is to head to Mooshorn, Lilly Lake, Butterfly Lake, Mirror Lake, or do some backpacking if those are all filled up. Fees are $23 a night in addition to the Mirror Lake Hwy Rec. Pass which is $6 for 3 days and $12 for the week
What a beautiful area to camp! Bald eagles flying around, plenty of fish to catch and a night sky that shows every star in the sky. Now for the bad: There's like 60 spots. Some campsites are right on top of each other. We had a big spot on a hill over looking the lake through the tall pines, and the site next to us was big but their table and fire pit was just down the hill so there was no privacy at all from their big, wooded site. A big group with several cars and about 5 dogs showed up at this spot and so we listened to them party until way past 2am and their dogs fighting with each other. After they left, one of the paths from our spot to the lake, had dog crap on it. Awesome they didn't bother to clean up after their dogs! Then 2 spots down, campers showed up, and they had 2 dogs that ran amok with no leash. It was hard to walk our dog because their dogs would come up to him as we walked. Also one of their dogs would end up in our camp. WTH! Lastly, we asked the camp host for fire wood and she told us at her site at #11 as she drove by on her golf cart. Ok?? Every camp host we've encountered brought the wood. Not her and again 60 camp sites so it was about a jaunt to her area. It sounded like a big inconvenience for her and so I hiked over to it and there she was to take my money. We have a roof top tent so driving to their site was out of the question. It was a hell of a walk back dead lifting 2 huge bundles of wood tied to twine. At least I got a good work out in.
Anyways, awesome area, too many people and campsites to really make it a 5 star rating!