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Amethyst Lake Trail

MODERATE 175 reviews
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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.

Distance: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,326 feet 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

This 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Incredible lake and basin, but definitely too long for a day trip. Mosquitoes weren't a problem. Keep in mind that basically all of the elevation gain occurs in a 2-3 mile section of the trail, so the hike is a bit harder than it appears on paper.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

We hit the trail right after the snow that hit up here. It was a little muddy, but not too bad. No people, no bugs. Nights were cold, but manageable. Beautiful sights though!

hiking
3 months ago

loved this hike

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Was an awesome trail. The lake was beautiful! The last mile in and out were a little much for our 6 and 9 year old. There is about a mile that you gain half of the elevation so that was a bit tough and wore out our kids for the remaining 3 miles but otherwise the trail is pretty easy and beautiful. Our 12 year old pup was able to make it the whole way there and back but was 100% worn out by the end.

hiking
3 months ago

Day trip. Living the hammock life.My 10lbs pomeranian loved it. Backpacking next time, for sure!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

backpacking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

Great trail and destination. Backpacked in for a two night stay. A decent number of other folks up there, but there’s so much space and so many good camps up there that it didn’t feel crowded. Camped next to BR 24, woke up with a thin layer of ice across parts of it on our last morning. Mosquitoes were thick, but with the right bug spray, I walked away with zero bites (miracle...). Amethyst Lake is of course the jewel of the basin, the south end is a great spot to sit and fish, and had less bugs than the shoreline areas with timber.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Beautiful and perfect time of year. The mosquitoes weren't bad, perhaps due to rain this weekend. The trail is quite muddy but fine to hike through with hiking shoes. With the popularity of this trail, it's becoming increasingly abused with trash, noise, and new side trails to avoid the mud. Please leave no trace and kindly educate your fellow trekkers to do the same.

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful trail from top to bottom. Pretty busy on the way up, where camping, and on the way down. Mosquitoes destroyed me and my pup even with 100% DEET spray being continuously applied. Camped about a mile below Amethyst basin on the edge of a meadow and hiked up there on Sunday morning. There were a lot of weekend campers for sure but there were plenty of places to find a spot to set up camp. Wasn't noisy where we were. As always #packitinpackitout - leave no trace. Wonderful hike, will 100% do it again. A moose ran across the path in front of me about 300 yards from the Christmas meadows parking lot, so keep an eye out.

backpacking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

The trail was easy to follow still muddy. The views are well worth it in the end. There were a few other campers but there are lots of spots to camp.

backpacking
4 months ago

Did this one 2 years ago almost to the day. Delightful trip, if backpacking be sure to be well conditioned and don’t pack heavy! One of the most beautiful lakes in the Uintas period!

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

07/12-13/2019 1 night at Amethyst Lake. Trail conditions were fantastic. Mostly dry trail, very short stretches of water running down the trail, small pockets of standing water, small boggy marsh sections-in short, what you’d expect for a few weeks earlier in July. After the massive snows of ‘18-‘19, things are back to normal, perhaps greener. At the lake: very small, isolated patches of snow on the ground and melting fast, damp, soft ground, the earliest wildflowers, lake is totally unfrozen. Overnight temps in the low 40’s. Ostler Peak has snow in shadowed chutes. Mosquitoes are emerging but not bad. In another week it will be. The season is so short up there a few days make all the difference for many conditions.

backpacking
muddy
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rocky
snow
5 months ago

It’s a profound experience to go on this hike up to Amethyst and Ostler Lakes! We were never bored and it seemed as if there was always something new and amazing to look at. The trail can be difficult for a beginner or inexperienced hiker though so keep that in mind. Also, it was really muddy a lot of the time, snow capped at the top, it rained a little, and we even had to cross a river, so bring boots and be prepared. Definitely one of the best if not my favorite hike I’ve ever done.

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