Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
I went on this trip with my adult son. We chose a shorter hike due to the length of our trip (3 days, 2 nights). Based on the trail guide we expected a steep trail the last few miles and we weren't disappointed. We camped at lake BR-24 which is about a mile west of Amethyst Lake and 1/2 mile east of Ostler Lake. The last three miles in to our camp site were a real climb. In fact it took nearly 5 hours to go the 5.3 miles to camp. Coming out it took only 2 and 1/2 hours. The fishing was spectacular. We each caught and released 40 fish over the two days we actually fished. The larger fish were in Ostler Lake. Fishing there was slower, but not too slow. Fishing at Amethyst Lake was very fast for 10-12 inch Brook trout. We also saw several moose and deer on this trip which really rounded out the experience. Bottom line, this was a great trip, but you have to work for the experience. For those in great shape, the hike in would be easier, but you'd still exercise your lungs. The scenery was beautiful and very typical of High Uinta scenery.
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