Amethyst Lake Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Amethyst Lake Trail is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2139 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This 6 mile trail starts as the Stillwater trail in the Stillwater Fork of the Bear River Drainage. After about 4 miles from the trailhead you come to the Amethyst Lake Trail which forks to the left. The first 2 miles of the trail are quite steep and rocky . The trail ends at Amethyst Lake which is situated within the timberline transition zone in a cirque basin at the head of the Ostler Fork Drainage. Most people camp at the end of a long meadow 1.5 miles before you get to the lake where there is more protection from the wind.

17 days ago

Trail was beautiful up until around mile 5. Still a lot of snow up there. We kept losing the trail since it was completely covered in snow or super marshy. Ended up turning around and heading back. Best to wait another month until the snow melts completely, then we're definitely going back.

backpacking
1 month ago

This has to be one of the most beautiful places the Unitas had to offer. The water was crisp and clean, the tree were amazing and the flowers in full bloom. Waterfalls, birds, deer and elk are frequently seen just off the trail. We stayed for two nights and wish we could have stayed longer. Took out fly rods and though we only caught two it was awesome to watch the Brookies chase them down. I'd be willing bet that it was longer than 11 miles more like 13-15 but still would hike again 10 times over

4 months ago

Longer than advertised for sure. But, totally worth it. Bring a fly rod, and pack light.

trail running
7 months ago

love this trail, i recorded 14.5 miles out and back, but i did lose the trail a bit in about a foot a snow near the lake.

9 months ago

Long but worth it!!

backpacking
9 months ago

Great hike - We did a one night out and back, my only gripe was I wish we stayed longer. You couldn't ask for a better setting and reward at the end. The whole hike was gorgeous though, filled with streams, meadows, steeps, etc.. Fair warning though, it's a longer than advertised hike - The Garmin had it 6.6mi (13.2 RT) from parking lot trailhead to the lake.

backpacking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Backpacked up to Amethyst Lake with our dog last Sunday, camped overnight at the lake's edge and headed down Monday mid-day. It was so nice to go off of peak weekend times; only passed a handful of people and had solitude at the lake. It was gorgeous and peaceful. No bugs. It stayed light out until late, temp was perfect. You can have a fire (be smart) and plenty to see while there. We didn't get to see Ostler Lake but heard it's worth finding. The hike itself is difficult at times, but I would agree with moderate overall. Perfect getaway.

9 months ago

Great trail!!!

backpacking
10 months ago

beautiful trail with plenty of different sceneries. good to camp.

10 months ago

Very beautiful place! Lots of wildlife and wonderful fishing! The only thing bad was the wind

10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Gorgeous. No other words. Worth the hike 12 times over.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike and lake! This trail actually was longer than 11 miles, it was more like 14 miles in and out. We took our dog with us, dog friendly area, just be sure to clean up after your dog. The views were spectacular. The trail was great, after the fork in the trail (half way up) to go up to amethyst the trail got harder, especially with our packs. It was challenging but well worth the hike. We got rain on our return date, so the trail was muddy. Be sure to bring a rain jacket just incase and a jacket for the evening, it's chilly also bring hiking poles to help with balancing (rocky, rooty and muddy (if it's raining) trail)! The evening sky was amazing. It got cool at night but a fire was not necessary, later in the middle of the night, it got cold so be sure to have a warm sleeping bag. BTW, we saw people fishing at the lake, so if you're into fishing don't forget to bring your fishing pole.

backpacking
10 months ago

4th mile is ugly tiring, so take your time. Was some newly fallen trees, and lots of dead wood around, so be extra careful if backpacking and have a fire.

camping
11 months ago

Great hike and camping!

11 months ago

It was breathtaking. Hiked in on July 9th. Great trail conditions, the lake was beautiful, and just as we caught glimpses of the lake there were 3 moose grazing in a meadow.

backpacking
11 months ago

Very beautiful hike with grassy meadows and tall peaks along the way. Amethyst lake is very big compared to other lakes I have hiked to. The only thing that was even a little bad about this backpack trip was the insane amount of mosquitos. Don't forget mosquito repellent.