Amethyst Lake Trail

MODERATE 62 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

trail running

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.

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5 hours ago

Did a day hike this past Saturday. Trail was mostly dry and few bugs and plenty of wil flowers. 3 hours and 10 minutes to the lake.

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16 days ago

Awesome!!! Amazing meadows. Lots of wildflowers. Great river with sequential waterfalls. Huge Rock cliffs. So beautiful! Logged 13.4 miles. Didn't see any moose. Only a few bugs.

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28 days ago

Stupendous hike! Did it in a day and tracked 13 miles. Bring at least 3 liters of water and snacks. Soak in the beauty and enjoy!

backpacking
1 month ago

Loved this hike! Made it up to Amethyst in just over three hours. Keep plugging along after the junction to Kermsuh. It's steep, but it does end! Beautiful hike and well worth it. Bugs were pretty bad, but pack some deet and you should be fine. Side trips to Ostler and BR24 are great. Best to camp at the small, un-named lake about a mile below Amethyst. Beautiful place to watch the sunrise and a quick hike back up to Amethyst for the day. Didn't fish, but they were rising all over the place.

backpacking
1 month ago

I completed this hike in July of 2017. The first few miles of the trail are wet and muddy but not very steep. The view of the meadows is gorgeous. I would recommend a good pair of waterproof shoes and a walking stick of some kind to help with balance. Once you reach Ostler Fork and turn left towards Amethyst Basin the hike follows the river. It is steep and tiring and while it seems long it flattens out again after less than a mile. Up in the basin there are lots of nice places to camp and several different lakes. I found the small Lake below to be a better place to camp than up at Amethyst as the trees up above are small and sparse. I saw deer and mountain goats up near base of Ostler Peak. If you hear rocks falling up in the cliffs and peaks above look closely and you may spot a mountain goat. They often cause rocks to fall. I fished Amethyst lake for about 2 hours without a bite. Then all of a sudden it got good and every cast for the next 20 minutes yielded a small trout. After that it was dead again.

hiking
1 month ago

Long trails with gorgeous views along the way. Don't forget to pack some mosquito repellent!

hiking
1 month ago

The reviews are right, it's a 13 miler. There ISO my one steep section, the rest is pretty mellow. I went during the 4th of July weekend and the mosquitoes were AWFUL! Would certainly go back to backpack it once the blood insects are gone!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked the 5.5 miles to Ostler Lake during the afternoon of July 3, 2017. The forest was stunning. The weather was perfect. The trails were in great shape with some water crossings and several small muddy areas. This is one of my favorite hikes.

backpacking
1 month ago

Definitely one of High Uintas' gems of a hike! Wildflowers still out in yellows, blues, purples and pinks. Plenty of water seepage crossing the trail so have solid boots. Had a heavy pack and middle section was a real challenge, got to the basin at mile 6 with another mile to actual lake. I clocked 2,500 vertical. Bring bug spray as mosquitos travel in armadas. Best place to camp is the basin or the small lake (BR28). What a trip!

1 month ago

Made this trip the first true backing trip for my 8 year old daughter and 12 year old son several years ago, they were hooked on backpacking ever since, another generation of back country in the making. Great trail, like others have said middle section of trail is tough going but well worth it. Redid trip last August explored entire basin, spent time at Ostler Lake above small unnamed lake close to trail, all to ourselves. Make sure you bring warm gear, gets cool at night, we had rim ice in water bottles a couple of nights during last week of August.