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5 days ago

Hiked in on July 5th with my kids for one night. Hike wasn’t bad. The only challenging part was going over the pass and it wasn’t hard at all. Fishing wasn’t great. Caught one fish on a worm. 9 mountain goats walked through our camp. 6-7 awesome camping spots and a few more that are decent. By evening most were occupied. Two streams feed into the lake on both sides of the lake. Plenty of firewood within 80 yards of the bank. Breeze blows from the West most of the day and stops a little after sundown. Mosquitos weren’t bad, but we wore 100% Deet.. Perfect first back packing trip for my 4 kids (18, 16, 14, 11). Views are spectacular. Water is so clear. Would definitely go again.

5 days ago

Amethyst Lake is a great overnight backpacking destination. You can do it as a day hike, but why hurry. As others have noted horses and dogs are allowed. There is plenty of water along the route so you will not need to carry more than 1L (and a good water filter or alternative water treatment). Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It rained on Saturday afternoon and evening. I checked the temp at 4:00 AM Sunday and it was 39 degrees. So remember at elevation the temps are vastly different than in the SLC valley :).

There is only one section of the trail that gains elevation quickly and is in poor condition due to the loose rock. This section of trail follows the creek (I think it is the outflow from Amethyst Lk) with amazing waterfalls and water slides. When you hit the top there is a gravel bar with a pool of water perfect for hydration and cooling off before beginning the gradual climb to the lakes.

6 days ago

Beautiful hike. The view of the peaks over the meadow about 5.5 miles in is really something. Make sure you keep going past the first smaller lake! I agree with other reviewers that the trail would be a bit nicer without all the horse "remains" all over the trail, but such is life.

10 days ago

Worth the trip. Not the best fishing but a great view!

10 days ago

Very pretty! Went and the parking lot was very crowded, the trail became less crowded the further in we hiked. Lots of dogs on and off leash. Bugs weren’t bad, but they were out.

Good hike with pretty lake views. The mosquitoes were terrible though. Very rocky trail most of the way. The fishing was great.

11 days ago

Beautiful views and varied terrain. There are plenty of places to rest and take a break. Both I and the doggo enjoyed this hike.

Absolutely gorgeous park. As others have said, trail is clear and not too strenuous up to Gunsite (unless you’re carrying a heavy pack). I didn’t see any signs for Dollar Lake where I had planned to camp so I overshot that and found a nice spot off the trail about a half mile further.

I had planned to take the trail at Gunsite that did NOT descend into Painter Basin but I didn’t see any sign or clear path so I decided to just hug the contour line off the trail. I don’t recommend that. Wasted a lot of time and energy scrambling over loose boulders and ended up dropping down into the Basin anyway.

The ascent to Anderson pass is steep, from Anderson to the false summit is steeper, from the false summit to the true summit is even steeper. Views are outstanding.

On the return I figured I’d play it safe and go down through the basin. The trails are hard to follow and it seemed much longer.

Overall excellent hike, tough near the summit and views are amazing. Water was plentiful up to Gunsite.

12 days ago

Great hike! We did an overnighter and backpacked in, but this would be a great day hike. There were several lakes along the way, possible to go to further lakes, caught several fish, several water locations to filter, fair amount of shade on the first half, and even saw mountain goats on the west side.

Difficulty: 5/10.
Length was 6.5 miles.
Traffic: Mild/moderate on this trail but the parking lot was a joke.
Tips: Fish at Meadow Lake, fly and bubble or golden Jake’s worked well.

13 days ago

While I haven't finished all of this trail, I have done the Eastern section that most people forget about.

From East Park Reservoir to a little beyone Leidy Peak, there is not a lot of water to be had directly along the trail. I was able to find a trickle (almost a small stream) through Manila Park, and Summit Park was pretty soggy, but that was it. For that reason, I would recommend a couple 1 liter water bottles and a 2 or 3 liter bladder to get through this section. As far as the scenery, it was beautiful! Thick forest, wide open parks, amazing views with Flaming Gorge in the distance. The trail can be hard to follow in a few areas partially due to dirt roads that interweave the area and lack of foot traffic (which is actually nice if you prefer solitude). Bringing a good map and a gps track of the trail, as well as keeping a close eye out for cairns, blazes, and other trial markers will help.

I'm giving this section of trail 4 stars instead of 5 due simply to the lack of water along the trail and route finding difficulties.

I'm hoping to do the whole trail this fall and will post another review at that time if I do.

16 days ago

Perfect for a 1-night backpacking trip. Great for dogs.

Read my full trail report here (with GPS track and photos): http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/07/backpacking-to-kermsuh-lake-uintas.html

18 days ago

pulling up to a full parking lot and parking about as far away as you can get, this wasnt the solitude i was looking for. However, many reviews recommend camping below the lake and i guess that's what most did. I found myself alone on the east side of the lake, right next to a spring that fed it. There are plenty of places to hide out from the wind at the lake, but its the wind that keeps the mosquitoes away. Around 7 or 8 though, the wind stopped and the bugs were gone for the night. I loved my spot but one thing I did not consider, being so close to the east rock face, getting sunlight in the morning comes really late and I had frost over most my stuff. The trail would be much nicer without horses

25 days ago

Loved it. Amazing scenery. Great for beginner backpackers like me. Camped one night and didn’t get too cold-40’s. My doggo was in heaven.

25 days ago

I’m new to this app can anyone help me out. When it says the distance is 6.4 miles and then it says in and out, does that mean 6.4 round trip? Or just their is no other access out? And it’s 12.8 total? Thank you anyone that can help me out. Also is their any good spots to fill up your water jug with the water tabs?

Stunning views and lots of wildlife. The trail all the way up to Gunsight Pass is quite easy and moderate. The trail to Anderson Pass is also fairly mellow. The ridge to Kings Peak is fairly challenging with continuous bolder scrambling and occasional exposure. Don’t recommend the ridge if weather is present. Overall really wonderful hike!

Perfect weekend trek! We started out from Henry’s Fork and ended up finding a camp spot near some trees right before gunsight pass. Things I wish I’d known:

-There is great camping in the valley after Gunsight Pass.
-there’s plenty of water on the trail all through the hike except once you get to the saddle next to King’s Peak and start climbing the ridge.
-Beware of altitude sickness, and watch for symptoms of high altitude cerebral or pulmonary edema (HAPE and HACE). Both are serious and require immediate movement to lower elevation.

That’s it! Amazing and would always recommend. Enjoy ya’ll :)

1 month ago

Beautiful! All the way! So many lakes along the trail from the Crystal Lake TH, with mountain views. As of 6/12/18 there was one snow patch just below the notch, then 80% snow or water down to Lavona Lake. Otherwise simply beautiful!

1 month ago

Hiked and set up camp the night of June 12. Amazing stars and not too cold. Trout made it their life goal to taunt me by revealing their colored scales but not bite. Amazing views and saw only 6 other people camping there but it was very isolated. No mountain goats :(

First of all there is no sign off of mirror lake highway saying gold hill road. And gold hill road does not take you remotely close to whisky island lake. It will leave you 10 miles away without a trail. The GPS coordinates are the only reason I was able to find it. The description is misleading. There is another dirt road about 8 miles south of gold hill road that you can access via 4x4, though it is pretty intense. Beautiful lake though.

on Amethyst Lake Trail

1 month ago

My favorite season opener. Straight forward trail out of Christmas meadows. Eastbound turn up the drainage to Amethyst Lake becomes quite steep, but it's worth every step. Many folks hike the trail up and back in one day. Amethyst Meadows is the place to camp if you have protection against mosquitos. Remember to camp away from lakes and streams to protect the scene. Ostler lake is a GREAT option if you want more solitude, just be prepared to overland without a trail.

We have a cabin close to smith and Moore house we love it there. Not too crowded. We go in the mornings and fish. Multiple times our boys have caught around 10 fish in a little over an hour. There is a trail nearby that is fun for the kids with a beaver dam on the way. A lot of childhood memories have been made here!

1 month ago

Backpacked past Ibantik and in to Meadow Lake at the beginning of August last year. Views from The Notch were amazing! Moderate hike with a few steep places but totally manageable. Wind was a bit fierce on day 2 but other than that, a great trip. Bring your fly rod.

2 months ago

Did this hike last August. Stayed 3 nights perfect weather. Hiked in on a Monday passed a few people leaving but only had neighbors one night. A few groups hiked by. Hiked to Meadows lake one day, beautiful had the lake to ourselves all day. Based on the reviews planned on a lot of mosquitoes didn’t get a single bite. Also didn’t get a lot of bites from the fish. Hiked the meadows lake for the day. A few mountain goats did pass right by our camp.

good trail. started at 10 in the morning after finding the trail head and got back to the car as the sun was setting. this trail has nice veiws and water everywhere! you really only need to bring a filter and maybe one bottle. The trail seems to go on forever. would be more enjoyable to stay the night below the peak instead of doing it all in one day

Did this hike 2 years ago at the end of June. Still some snow in places on the trail. A few steep places going in and coming out. Fortunately, that keeps traffic at the lake to a minimum. Slept in hammocks at the lake a couple nights. Caught lots of fish and woke up to mountain goats in our campsite every morning. There’s a lot of dead trees which made it interesting sleeping in hammocks, especially with the nightly storms. Writing this review as I get ready for another trip here this summer.

Nice loop hike with great view and the potential to see mountain goats

Awesome trail. Very glad I had the chance to do this hike!

I have never hiked kings peak and I had a goal to do it this year. Yesterday was probably my last chance. Blue skies, with a high of 45 F. 18-hour hike, only 11 hours of sunlight, 2 feet of snow covering the trail in several spots. I had the entire mountain to myself; didn't see another soul.
It was just about perfect.
It is not my favorite mountain. The boulder scramble near the top is a slog, especially when they are half covered in snow, but I am glad I did it. I will have to try it in the summer.

9 months ago

Great hike! About 13 miles total, with steep sections, and lots and lots of mud and water on the trail, but definitely doable. We hiked this pretty late in the season, so about a mile from the lake, we hit some pretty deep snow and lost the trail. We kept trekking, though, and made it to the lake about an hour later than planned. The snow was a lot of work! Definitely will do this hike again, but probably earlier in the season, like early September. The good thing about going later, though, was that we didn't see any other hikers at all until the end of the hike when we got back to the parking lot.

9 months ago

Amazing Hike!
Requires a recreational day pass for overnight parking. I usually buy my passes at the Chevron located in Kamas outside the west entrance to the forest. It cost me $6 for a 3-day pass. (Closes at 9pm)

Difficulty: It can get rough at times. Incline the entire way. Very steep sections.

It has many rivers/creeks running through multiple areas so you don't need to worry too much about water. (I recommend Iodine and neutralizer tablets you can buy at Walmart for $7, water tastes great with those)
If you are hiking off-trail from Salamander Lake to Ostler Lake on the West side of the basin, there aren't very many water sources, be sure to prepare for that section.

Our dog loved this trail, and did fine. Horses are welcome as well.

Recommended camping places:

If you stay on-trail, Waypoint 2 or Waypoint 3 are a great places to camp. Amethyst/Waypoint 4 is with the tree line so wood will be scarce there.

Off-trail Camping spots: The small pond/lake south of Salamander on the south side has a great little meadow area. Very comfy. Moose love that pond. Be sure to 100% camp at Ostler Lake!!! Beautiful place! Best spot there is on the south-west side near an open meadow along the tree line. Lots of wood to burn.

By far one of the best hikes!

By the way, here are my route details. Each waypoint has comments/recommendations.


Questions? E-Mail me at JoshuaTravisFryer@outlook.com

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