Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake in an Extra Snowy Year 
by Jack Binch    ©Jack Binch  (3 July 2011!)

Directions:  From Kamas, go east on UT 150 about 31.5 miles to turnoff to the lake on the right side of the road.

Note: For those keeping county lists, Mirror Lake is actually in Duchesne County but is included on the Summit County page because it is accessed through Summit County and is associated with other birding places along the Mirror Lake Highway (UT 150) that are in Summit County.

Description: (From "Merrill Webbs Top 20 Birding Places in Utah" list)  "For beautiful mountain scenery the drive east from Kamas on the Mirror Lake highway through forests of pinion-juniper, aspen, and finally spruce-fir is a favorite of most instate birders. Plus, this is the best location in the state to observe a variety of high alpine forest birds in a centrally located area.  Around the Mirror Lake camping area, Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Pine Grosbeaks and Three-toed Woodpeckers are fairly easy to find. And at certain times of the year, with luck, the Black-rosy Finch can be observed foraging in the snowfields along Mt. Baldy pass. Red Crossbills and Pine Siskins can usually be observed in the tops of conifers where they extract seeds from the cones."

Birds:  Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Pine Grosbeaks, Three-toed Woodpeckers, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Nearby: Bald Mountain, Trial Lake  (there are many good places to bird all along highway 150 including Upper Provo River Falls [25 miles from Kamas, close to Trial Lake], Soapstone Campground [about 16 miles from Kamas], which is near the Soapstone Basin Road -- FR037.

     eBird Data:   |  Mirror Lake & CG  |  Camp Steiner & Scout Lake  |  Butterfly Lake  | 

Mirror Lake from Mt. Baldy   
by Merrill Webb    ©Merrill Webb

Mirror Lake from the Parking Lot   
by Staff Photographer    ©utahbirds.org  (2012)

Main Parking Lot and Restroom Facilities   
by Staff Photographer    ©utahbirds.org  (2012)

A "Birding Pond" near the Main Lake
by Staff Photographer    ©utahbirds.org  (2012)