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2 months ago

We caught cutthroat and Brook trout at Spider Lake. Spider Lake was a rest stop on our first day of a hike to King's Peak via Center Park trail. We continued on to Five Point Lake to stay the night but stayed at Spider Lake on our way out. Across the grassy meadow, the morning mist slowly cleared to reveal a perfect reflection of pines and rocks. it was beyond beautiful; cold and wet but undeniably beautiful.

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?

Beautiful hike!! Today the snow was about a foot deep on one section of the trail, but we were able to follow others' footsteps and really enjoyed the hike. It took us a little over two hours.

Unable to hike now due to snow. I’m sure this hike is wonderful, but just wanted this review to be on here so people know the condition of the trail.

Went in on September 28. Really windy. Great spot at the lower lake. Didn’t see the bear, but at 6 pm Saturday night a forest fire to west threatened to blow in. Got the heck out through smoke and darkness. Check the fire conditions before you go!

beautiful

What an amazing hike! We had a late start and set up camp the fist night at about 5pm. We found a great area at about 300ft from the trail. on day two we reached Lower Red Lake. it was beautil. we set up camp the second night just by the lake at about 400ft from the trail. After we had fallen asleep, we woke up to a bear circling our tent, ended up leaving maybe after half hour. Talking about being scared!! we had our food on a bear proof container and inside a smell prood bag away from the tent. the scenary on this trail is breathtaking. the switchbacks are long so it makes the elevation gain easy. the hike was overall challenging for us (we come from.florida). def will do it again.

Many lakes and a couple great view points. An easy-moderate hike that gives you a good taste of the Uintas

This hike is rated as moderate, but it was very easy. There is hardly any elevation gain and the switchbacks are long making what little you have to gain a breeze. Plenty of water along the trail to filter, or for your dog to drink. As noted by the previous review, lower red castle lake is picturesque but definitely not pristine. We camped in the site with the heart shaped rock. It was nice until we noticed all the human waste that was not properly buried. We had set up our tent not realizing till the next morning how close it was to utter grossness. Leave no trace is important. If your not sure what this requires look it up and please respect our wilderness.

Scenery and setting are truly spectacular. Really a photogenic place. But you’ve gotta embrace the poop smeared toilet paper fluttering in the wind, fire rings...everywhere, footpaths through delicate alpine meadows...and dogs barking at sunrise. Pristine? Not so much. Leave no trace? What’s that?

hiking
3 months ago

We went counter clockwise. Stunning views at top. Beautiful alpine the rest of the route, with many wild flowers in bloom. Peaceful and serene!

Lovely hike. Extremely mild. Beautiful lakes along the way. Bring some hammocks and chairs, as this is a spot to RELAX. Could have spent days exploring the Lofty Lake area. Beautiful formations and very little traffic. Smoky the past couple days, but where is it not. Highly recommended.

Awesome hike. Beautiful scenery. But the fire in Spanish fork canyon smoked me and several other groups out. We left before our original departure date because it was raining ash. Fire is over 100 miles away.

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.

Spent three days. Hiked toward the end of lower lake ~10 miles in about 5.5 hours. Lots of horses and horse dung. Don’t fret if you don’t find camping before the end of lower lake. There are a few spots in the woods past it as well as on the opposite side of the lake. Labor day weekend had tons of other people. By the time we hiked out sunday, the parking lot was overflowing with cars. Lows were about 30-35. One person claimed their thermometer said 28. Very rocky at some points in the trail. I’m not currently in running shape but I wouldnt deem it a difficult hike. There are only a few times that really feel like you’re hiking up. Upper red is worth the extra couple miles. Saw over half of a dozen moose.

backpacking
4 months ago

Really beautiful trail. If you’re planning on heading there this weekend, please keep an eye out for my dog, Maggie. She has been lost since 9/2/18 at Mohawk lake but is hopefully somewhere close by Granddaddy lake by now. She is a 60 lb black and white lab mix.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a fantastic hike. We only had time to go about 2 miles in. We saw birds, deer, squirrels and chipmunks. We took our 7 year old and she was fine for this portion of the trail. I would consider this a technical hike due to the rocky terrain and the horse crap. Over all this was a great hike with great views.

Went over labor day so it was super busy. Still got a decent spot tho. Temps get low enough for frost and the lake to start icing so pack warm clothes. Overall a challenging backpack but with a killer payoff!!!

backpacking
4 months ago

We backpacked in for Labor Day. We were worried because there were so many cars in the parking lot but fortunately everyone was going to Amethyst Lake. We only shared the basin with two other overnight campers, it was so desolate and beautiful! The hike is great for backpacking because it’s not too steep. It had a mellow to moderate incline for most of the way, and only a quick steep area towards the end. There are so many beautiful meadows and stunning views. We measured the distance and it was actually 19 miles, so prepare for the extra distance. I highly recommend this hike!

For the Uintas this is one of my favorite hikes. It is a good place to go if you like open meadows and a relative easy hike. If you go all the way to Dead Horse Lake it is 10 miles but an easy hike with no real steep uphill until the very end, and then it is minimal. Then you are rewarded with one of the most picturesque lakes in the Uintahs.

I would suggest not camping at the lake as it is right along the Highline Trail. There are many good sights all along the river that runs nearly parallel to the trail. We Hiked in 5.5 miles, made camp and made a round trip to the lake the next day.

The only negative to this hike is the getting there. It is basically 22 miles of dusty washboard road. With the last 6 or so very rocky. Given that you have to make two stream crossings better have a vehicle that can handle all this. That said it probably keeps people away.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful scenery. Some steep, rocky trails. We took a group of kids 11-17 and had a great time.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Fun but challenging ride for horses. A decent portion of the trail is either granite slab or loose boulders. Horses made it but it wasn’t the best trail for them.

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 trail the whole way. I'm no bird expert but the back half of the trail seems to have more than usual bird nests, so if you're into that, this might be a good place!
This is perfect for a quick overnighter with no planning, or a first time backpacking trip, or even one to take the younglings with. It is a little bit of a climb to get over the notch both ways, but definitely not bad. The great thing is, there are several bodies of water along the way that you could stop at if your legs got too tired and just set up camp there. The parking lot does get full, so get there early (or late) to get into that parking lot.
There are two trailheads that I saw from the parking lot, one that is big and welcoming, and the other that you want to go on is hidden behind cars. If it wasn't for the AllTrails app I would have kept going for a while longer haha. Get on the trail that says Wall Lake.
The trail is well maintained and easy to stay on, even when the trail disappears, people have lined rocks up to form a trail over the boulders. Very hard to get lost once you're on the trail.
The lake is fairly small, but very pretty being nestled next to a big cliff mountain. There will be a lot of other campers with you there. The best camping spots are on the east side of the lake in the trees. Much better for hammocks, and there is actually firewood over there. No fire for me on the rocky west side haha.
Very fun overnighter, will do again next year.

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.

backpacking
4 months ago

As others have said...nice easy trek. Made a loop from Grandaddy/Betsy/Marsell/Mohawk and back to Granddaddy. Nice easy trail but the fishing was terrible. Not quite sure if it was just bad timing on my end. Because of the lack of difficulty, this is a busy and well used basin, yet large enough that you can find solace if you just walk a bit further. Great place to cut your teeth if you are new to backpacking or if you are taking a rookie along.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful trail with amazing views that crosses multiple lakes

backpacking
4 months ago

The hike from the Grandview Trailhead to Mohawk Lake (where we camped) is a relatively easy trail for backpacking. Not a lot of incline. I suppose timing is everything—we did this on the weekend before Labor Day. Most families (kids) were back in school and likely waiting for Labor Day weekend for their next excursions. We saw five people on the way into Mohawk Lake and we saw around 20 people on our way out—mostly at Hades Pass. No mosquitos. Beautiful weather. Perfect little get away.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great hike and destination. It can be a day hike or overnight backpacking trip.

If coming from the Kamas side pick up your recreational pass at the Chevron in Kamas or if you have exact change at the spot where the old ranger station was. It’s a couple miles up the canyon.

If hiking to the meadow below Amethyst Lake (to the east of Ostler Lake) then I think the mileage of about 11.5 miles is correct. If hiking further to Amethyst Lake then I believe that’s at or around 12.5 miles.

It’s about 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the turn off for Amethyst lake. The sign is located on a tree at the fork. At this point and for about the next mile it’s fairly steep and rocky. After that it’s a fairly consistent rise with small bouts of steeper grades.

The trail is muddy at many spots. Generally with well positioned steps you can get through without any issue. I hear mosquitoes and bugs can be a problem but our late August trip had none.

As a reminder, it does get cool/cold at night and storms are known to roll through even if the day has looked great. We had bouts of heavy rain, lightning and thunder even though it had looked clear and the forecast was calling for good weather. Always be prepared in the Uintas.

I camped at Amethyst lake but still hiked Ostler peak. If you want great views it’s worth the effort. Most climb the north ridge from Ostler lake and I would recommend this. I decided to go up the main chute on this mountain. As you reach the top I exited the chute to the left and then climbed up to the saddle. Took the west side of the peak to summit.

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