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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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

My group and I were planning on backpacking to Ibantik lake but because it was windy and cold...and we got lost twice, we decided to camp at Wall Lake instead. It was well worth it! The hike there was easy. The path was well paved. I do suggest using the map provided by AllTrails bc the trailhead was hidden and there’s no signs pointing to the lake. Since we arrived at 4pm, there were plenty of space left. The next day, when we got back to the car at noon, it was completely full. People were parking at the overflow area. Also, bring $6 in cash to park. If you’re looking to camp at Wall lake, there are plenty of camp sites already set up with fire pits.

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

No mosquitos, amazing journey, the beauty is endless. A memorable experience, one of my favorite backpacking trips ever

horseback riding
1 month ago

Took the horses from the Bald Mountain Trailhead. What a great ride. A bit rocky for the horses at times but nothing too bad.

We had hoped that we could make our way back to the Bald Mountain trailhead by bushwhacking from lake Marion to some of the unimproved 4 wheel roads showing on the map. The deadfall was heavier than we wanted to deal with so we worked our way back to the Trail lake campground and had one rider hitchhike up to get the horse trailer.

Totaled ~6 hours with a good stop for lunch at Ibantik Lake.

My favorite! We stop off at little spots for hikes along the by way.

hiking
1 month ago

Wildflowers are gone now but so are the mosquitoes. Meadow has dried out so it is easy crossing. Less crowded here than other lakes in area. Beautiful views.

if you are doing this trail, then do the entire loop.

backpacking
2 months ago

My wife and I went on our first backpacking trip to Wall Lake. She is a few months pregnant and the trail was easy for her with a few breaks here and there.

very beautiful and very well trafficked.

on Wall Lake

2 months ago

Wall Lake was awesome for swimming. There are some really fun “cliffs” to jump off for our younger kids. The trail was pretty easy as advertised. The only drawback is that there are a lot of people. If you are looking for solitude. This may not be the best hike for you. We will go back!

We loved this saw Provo river falls on the way to the lake then walked the trail around the lake

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail is much tougher than some of these reviews would have you believe. Check the elevation charts and you'll see what I mean. It's also the only time I've backpacked in the High Uintas and had to deal with multiple large groups of campers. That said, there is a reason it's so popular and busy. The mountains, lakes, and meadows are absolutely stunning. I prefer solitude, so I'm not sure if I'd go again, but it's a beauty for sure.

on Bourbon Lake

hiking
2 months ago

Did some fishing, too. Caught a few small brook trout.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of people but a lot less people than staying at Trial. It's a pretty hike and easy for the kids. Decent fishing too. :)

hiking
2 months ago

There seem to be two different, but very close, trails at the parking lot that join at the first bridge. The one I took need some maintenance (large fallen trees, eroding down the creek bank). However, in late July there were plenty of thimble berries on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. No mosquitoes

backpacking
2 months ago

Definitely worth pushing that last mile or so past Ostler Lake to Amethyst. The water is strikingly blue! Temps are prime this time of year, plenty of great places to set up camp!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great backpacking trail/lake. Heavy use, so please make sure you pack in/pack out. The ranger at the trailhead told us open fires due to the “Extreme” fire danger rating. Unfortunately the people around us didn’t get the memo. The pit next to us re-sparked with the wind- luckily my friend and I were there to put it out.

Closer to 7 miles each way. The water spots along the way were my favorite. The steep part is steep going up, an slippery going down. Saw 2 moose (at separate times). Weather was mild and didn’t go below 44°.

This is a great Trail if it wasn't for the middle part being so Steep and Rocky I would give it 5 stars.

Fun hike, lots of people...

I loved this lake. Not too difficult, and less traffic. Highly recommend

Hiked to Marjorie Lake and then back tracked to Weir Lake- gorgeous trails, the wild flowers are blooming and beautifully aplenty! Loved my time in the Upper Unitas. The trail(s) are fairly rocky but well marked. Wear sunscreen lots of trail is in sun with almost enough shade to make it ok.

One of my favorite trails in the Uintas. We did two mid week nights in July; weather was between 70’s and 40’s, mosquito burden was high, and crowds were low. Difficulty was moderate. Fishing was decent, fly and clear bubble did best, we got skunked using spinners. Naturalist Basin is gorgeous, with plenty of exploring to do around the Basin. A must do. Make sure to visit Shaler Lake for a day hike.

Hiked this as a long day hike today. The first couple of miles through the trail were through the woods with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. I took a long break at Jordan Lake admiring the beautiful mountain backdrop. I hiked up the east side of the lake to get to the other Naturalist Basin Lakes on the bench above Jordan Lake. I lost the trail once I got on top but there was no chance of getting lost. Shaler Lake was great even though the spring time waterfalls were nearly dry. I went cross country to the other lakes, Faxon, LeConte, and Blue with lots of ponds inbetween. The waterfall and wildflowers below Blue lake were unreal. The trail down from Blue Lake to Morat Lakes was in rough shape (steep and crumbly). A great hike, but it definitely wore me out.

Did this in 2 days, stopping to camp at the Basin about halfway. Absolutely beautiful trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

Amethyst Lake is a great overnight backpacking destination. You can do it as a day hike, but why hurry. As others have noted horses and dogs are allowed. There is plenty of water along the route so you will not need to carry more than 1L (and a good water filter or alternative water treatment). Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It rained on Saturday afternoon and evening. I checked the temp at 4:00 AM Sunday and it was 39 degrees. So remember at elevation the temps are vastly different than in the SLC valley :).

There is only one section of the trail that gains elevation quickly and is in poor condition due to the loose rock. This section of trail follows the creek (I think it is the outflow from Amethyst Lk) with amazing waterfalls and water slides. When you hit the top there is a gravel bar with a pool of water perfect for hydration and cooling off before beginning the gradual climb to the lakes.

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