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We snowshoed about 1/2 (4.2 miles) of this trail. Starting at 1.7 miles in, no trail had been forged through the snow yet. The woods were beautiful. Most longer-distance views were of skiers. It was fun for a snowshoe workout but it wouldn’t be my first choice for hiking or great views.

Great winter hike. I heard one shooter once I passed the saddle, and they were clear at the mouth of the canyon. Not much vegetation as you would expect for the area, but great views above the hazy air.
The parking lot where the trail actually starts is at the end of a short, rough dirt road but my Jetta made it fine. Lots or earlier turn offs to park as well.
Lots of cows.

hiking
2 months ago

Hit the Elephant Head spur after doing the Split Rock loop. It’s a short additional distance and has outstanding views of the GSL. Definitely recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty moderate 9ish mile hike with great views at the top. We saw a few bison roaming and they were closer than I expected. The terrain is pretty flat for the majority of the miles and we made great time, about an hour and 50 mins up and an hour 40 mins down. Had 2L of water but didn’t need that much since it’s the second week of November. It was COLD make sure to bring gloves, hats, etc because it’s windy up top too. We only saw three other hikers the whole time but we saw around ten people horseback riding the trails. It costs $10/car to drive onto the island and they will take cash or cards. Highly recommend this trail! I’ll definitely be going back.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike but the upper stretch of Mill Canyon trail is in serious disrepair. Probably a dozen trees felled without regard for trail users in the areas beyond the Holman Cabin junction. With a little snow on top it becomes treacherous in some areas. Probably best to wait until spring for this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Correction about my last review:
We parked at the Community Church on Bear Hollow. Started on the Collins Trail heading up to Rob's Trail. After the moose we came down that trail but took a side trail into the neighborhood that connected us to Dubois Trail (not Dejong) .

hiking
2 months ago

We hit the jackpot yesterday!! Saw 3 moose on the trail! Had to turn around since they weren't going anywhere anytime soon. Back in the neighborhood we found another trail, the Dejong Trail, went on that one for about 1/2 mile and ran into 2 more large moose! Even though we didn't get to hike very far on either of these trails all of my hiking companions loved seeing moose. You don't always see moose on the trail so it was a treat. FYI: Stay at least 75 ft. away from moose and especially be careful when there is a calf with them, which there was in our case.

I did this a couple years ago and it was gorgeous!!

Anyone know if we can still hike it now in October?? I know it says best through September but does that mean it’s closed off?

Due to time constraints, I was only able to hike about a mile in. Up to to this point, the trail is narrow, but well defined. The views are beautiful, and I'm looking forward to doing the whole hike in the future.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful fall hike.

hiking
3 months ago

A bit of ice and mud at the bottom but it gets better at the top. We were probably a couple of weeks late for the aspens—they must be fabulous with gold leaves. Was still beautiful with all the white trunks and leaves in the trail. Nice view of the Canyons from the top.

Great hike but long. I did it in October, starting temperature was 40-ish and high of 55. Cool temps knocked down the bugs, so do this hike when it's cool. For water, I used a Camelback with 3 liters, it was a liter more than I needed. Great views!

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail that’s fun with your dog (on a leash)... beautiful trees and views, and nice and wide. Careful of mountain bikers, and avoid busy times as it can get crowded.

I absolutely loved this hike! Hiked it a week ago. Started at 7am right as the sun was coming up.. it was 33 degrees! Saw a lot of deer on the drive up and on the start of the trail. Fall colors everywhere and beautiful lakes. Fish lake at the top is very empty and not as pretty as the two below. Overall a moderate hike-I wouldn’t say any of it was too challenging. I’ll be hiking this again

the views were amazing, though the incline made it a tad harder than moderate, plus.the distance. worth it though!

Poorly maintained trail. There were several times I had to reconnoiter to determine where the trail was. Most of the latter part of the trail is overgrown with thick shrubs, small trees, and bushes. Be prepared to fight your way through this. Long pants and a long sleeve shirt are a must. This is also more of a ball-buster of a trail than you might think from it being on a ridgeline. There are several steep and long climbs. After about two hours of fighting the jungle of undergrowth I gave up and turned around and went back. There are some nice views of the valley to the west, but overall this trail isn't worth it.

Loved it. If you have a high clearance vehicle you can drive all the way to echo lake. No bugs this time of year and it really wasn't that cold at night. Only saw two other small groups up there. Highly recommend. My only regret is not cutting out more time to fish!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. We had to go up the “gulley” since a marvelous full grown bull moose decided to block the trail. There was no way to convince the big guy to move.

One of my first hikes in Utah and it was a beauty! Fall colors are starting to appear. We went early, as much of the trail is exposed, and I was glad we did. Nice breeze!

camping
4 months ago

Loved this hike. Camped at Ostler lake, and hiked to Amethyst the next day. The scenery was spectacular. I agree it was well over 11.7 miles. From the bottom, to Ostler we clocked 6.5 miles. The next day it was about 1.7 miles to Amethyst Lake which was spectacular. Definitely worth the trip.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, lots of wildlife. I got stuck between some moose on one of the switchbacks for 45 minutes. I also found a ton of bones. It is kind of awkward to get to though

backpacking
4 months ago

So quiet and beautiful. If you are headed to this area, please keep an eye out for my missing dog, Maggie. I lost her at Mohawk during a backpacking trip on 9/2. She is a black and white 60 lb lab mix.

backpacking
4 months ago

I’ve heard about this hike for many years from my grandpa so my rating is a little bias. As this was the first back packing trip in years for most of my group the hike was rough for the last mile but was well worth it. We camped at Round lake but made it to all three for fishing. Fishing was hottest at Sand lake but we caught fish at all three. Just be ready for quick weather change. Our 0% chance of rain turned in to frequent showers and hail. All in all it was a blast. We will be doing this again.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike, but a long day trip. I agree with the prevailing sentiment that it is absolutely 13 miles, not 11.7. I was actually trying to go to Kermsuh lake, but went left when I should have gone straight. I didn't see any signs, but I have screwed up before. For the last mile, I am not sure what is represented by the track shown here on AllTrails. Any trail matching that track is very subtle. The obvious main trail brings you right by the small, unnamed triangular-shaped lake at about 5.5 miles. There are well constructed campsites here, and then it is another mile and some significant additional elevation to Amythest Lake.

The whole hike is scenic, passing through forests, meadows and along a running stream with waterfalls. The lake is absolutely beautiful. No mosquitos at all right now. The elevation gain comes in fits and spurts, with parts that seem almost flat and other parts that are strenuous. The first 2.5 miles from Christmas Meadows requires some care to avoid mud in places and is lots of up and down, which is fine at the start, but a drag when you are coming back at the end. There is a sign at the trailhead warning that the trail is obstructed by downed trees. Not to worry, because the trail elves have cleaned them all up, bless their souls.

I don't think there is a clear trail to Osler Lake, but it might be fun to find it another time. People climb up to Osler Peak from there, which looks to be an adventure way beyond my comfort level.

Did this as a hike/run, fall is a great time to go for some great views of fall colors. Go early as the majority of the trail is exposed. First 1 1/2 miles are a beast!

hiking
4 months ago

Pleasant trail with nice views. Heavily traveled though withs lots of bikers who you constantly need to jump out of the way for.

hiking
4 months ago

Camped elsewhere in the Unitas and hiked to Island Lake as a day hike. My boyfriend and I must have lucked out, the trail wasn't super crowed and there was only one other group at the lake when we got there. The lake is beautiful, we even went for a little dip, which was cold but definitely doable.

The only negative thing I have to say has been said below, the people we did pass on the trail (mostly families/ boy scout troops) had absolutely ZERO trail etiquette. I love that more and more people are backpacking and hiking, but please teach your little ones that people traveling uphill have the right away. Barreling into me as your descending the trail... not cool.

backpacking
4 months ago

Very beautiful lake, with many scenic places along the way.
Went backpacking in mid July there and the temps were very moderate. The trail was definitely muddy in many places, but using logs, rocks and higher trails made it easy to keep my feet dry. When you arrive, there is a very small lake on your right about 1/4 mile away from the actual lake. If I had to do it again I would have camped there. The bugs at Amethyst Lake were absolutely terrible, it was mostly flies and gnats, not many mosquitoes. The lower lake or pond had no bugs, and better trees for hammocks. It's not as scenic, but better a better spot to lay down the fort.
It gets pretty steep after the fork, but definitely doable.
Beautiful place, would do again.

Great trail, but a lot of rocks. We rode horses most the way up but didn’t get to the lake, about 6 miles round trip. Very pretty trail, mostly shaded, follows the steam and several bridge crossings. It’s a steady incline to the top and levels out. We went on Sunday and only saw a couple sets of hikers and one set of bikers. I wouldn’t classify this as a bike trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This is part of network of trails and you can do all kinds of different loops, out and backs, or even point to points using different trailheads. You would be wise to have a map. There are at least 2 other AllTrails entries for parts of this network. It 's a nice setting. The trails are used by mountain bikers, so they are all very easy to hike with no super steep parts. In places it is really a road. I started at the trailhead off of Rt 39, right by Pineview Resevoir, as shown here. For some reason, the trailhead looked like a homeless encampment this morning.

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