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Amethyst Lake Trail is a 13 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Oakley, 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.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 2,326 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

This trail starts as the Stillwater trail in the Stillwater Fork of the Bear River Drainage. After about 2 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.

Christmas Meadows has fifteen parking places and a stock ramp. The nearby campgrounds have toilets and water

Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District Evanston Office 1565 Highway 150, Suite A PO Box 1880 Evanston, WY 82930 (307) 789-3194

To get to Christmas Meadows Trailhead take the Mirror Lake Highway (U-150) to the turnoff which is about 46 miles northeast of Kamas and 30 miles south of Evanston. Here, Just north of the Stillwater Campground, an improved gravel road goes east then south about 7 miles along the Stillwater Fork to the Christmas Meadows Campground. At the upper end of the campground a spur road continues to the trailhead.

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Lexie Paige
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HikingBugsMuddy

This trail is so beautiful! It was an amazing hike, however the mosquitos were terrible, especially at the top near the lake. The trail was also quite muddy in places, but the scenery made it worth it.

Abbey Ostrander
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HikingBugsMuddy

I loved this trail! But if you are making this a day hike like us, make sure to start early! It’s a long hike, also make sure to bring your big spray it was super buggy. A little spray keeps them off but can be a bit annoying. My Garmin tracker clocked 20miles not sure why this says only 13. Also be aware we saw a bear in one of the meadows and a ton of tracks. Bear spray would be smart idea. Enjoy! This one is long but so pretty! Once you get to the big river crossing that’s just about a mile from the lake stay to the right. The trail is easy to lose here. You will go up one more spicy incline and you will finally come to the top. There’s a series of little ponds up here just keep following the trail. It twists to the right and you eventually come out to amethyst lake !

H Smith
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HikingBugs

July 2020- Definitely start early, the trail is really pretty in the morning and the inclines are much easier. The meadow just before the lake with the mountains above is really pretty. The wildflowers are blooming! The mosquitos at the lake were insane, we sat down for lunch but before we started eating we were way too swarmed, my friend already had 50 mosquitos on her back.

Fiaz Ahmed
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Pretty all around. Trail runs along stream and sometimes intersects it, so marshy in places. We did this as a day hike, took us 6 hours.

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Andre Smit
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HikingBugsFeeMuddyRocky
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Bryson Dean
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HikingBugsMuddy

Hiked amethyst basin for some camping and fishing. The hike and views were amazing and the water cool and clear but the only reason I don’t rate this a 5 was the bugs. Madness. We spent more time being eaten then anything else but still a very worthwhile hike and camping trip

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Tim Jarman
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Shelley Cornfeld
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

We hiked this trail as a day hike. absolutely beautiful trail. quite a bit muddy in places and a lot of mosquitoes but was totally worth it

Brigette Colleen Dunbeck
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

Beautiful trail! There are a few spots on the trail that are pretty muddy due to snow melt but most of the time there are plenty of logs/rocks to hop along to avoid getting wet. Also the mosquitoes are out and will get you. There was a light breeze that kept them away for most of the time but long shirt and pants are highly recommended.

Connie Maves
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HikingMuddy

Backpacked here for one night on 6/21/20. It was pretty muddy for a good portion of the trail, but nothing unberrable if you don't mind slightly muddy boots. No snow in the meadow where we camped, but there were some patches of snow closer to the lake. Relatively flat for the first 2 miles, then gradual uphill. The steepest section starts about 2.5 miles in. Lake is beautiful. Defintely would recommend. Not too many people (compared to later in the summer).

Brian Appel
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HikingMuddyRocky

Hiked in yesterday and out today (06/20/2020). Trail was muddy and difficult to follow in some spots because of snow piles. Maybe three real river crossings, and a lot of smaller creek crossings. You won’t need to bring in a ton of water, it’s always available. Lake froze over night, I’m guessing it got down to high 20s during the night. It was cold enough to wake me several times in my 30 degree rated bag (which actually did better than I thought) Saw a couple moose on our way down, other than that there was very little wildlife. Not much wood at the lake to use for fire.

Nick Jarvis
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Marc Wheeler
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Hiking

This was amazing. If you want absolute solitude, do this mid October in the middle of the week. I didn’t see a soul for 7 hours. Trail conditions were a little wet but some rock hopping skills do the job. tiny patches of snow and ice rarely. I didn’t need micro spikes or anything other than my trail runners. Fairly relaxing trail other than the 1st mile after the turn. I was able to keep a 20 minute pace except the 1st mile after the turn off was steep. BEWARE the turn off is very hard to see. It’s at 2.44 miles from the trail head and forks left. The sign is high on a tree in the exact same color as the tree. Needs to be replaced. Use your GPS tracker to know where to turn, bring a battery charger. Give 5 to 7 hours for this to be safe, unless you are jogging the whole thing. It is pretty dim by 7pm this time of year. The sun drops below the mountains and it gets quite cold around 4:30 or 5 so bring your hat gloves etc.

Victoria Falslev
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Hiking

Hiked this trail 24 September 2019...we had the whole trail and Christmas Meadows to ourselves; literally!!!!! It took us about 5 1/2 hours round-trip, we stayed at the lake for a couple of hours

Jared Saxton
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HikingMuddyRocky
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