Amethyst Lake Trail

Kamas, Utah

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Easily accessible from Salt Lake City, the hike to Amethyst Lake and Basin is probably the most popular hike into the rugged, north-slope drainages of the High Uintas. The Uinta Mountains are bisected by a long, winding spine of Precambrian rock that runs for about a hundred miles in an east-west direction across northern Utah. The north and south facing slopes of this ridge are punctuated by a dozen or so glacier-carved valleys which end abruptly against the quartzite cliffs of the central spine. It is in the back of one of these glaciated valleys, the Stillwater Drainage, that Amethyst Basin and Amethyst Lake, are located. There are several other alpine lakes within the Stillwater Drainage, but Amethyst Lake is the largest.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Easily accessible from Salt Lake City, the hike to Amethyst Lake and Basin is probably the most popular hike into the rugged, north-slope drainages of the High Uintas. The Uinta Mountains are bisected by a long, winding spine of Precambrian rock that runs for about a hundred miles in an east-west direction across northern Utah.

The north and south facing slopes of this ridge are punctuated by a dozen or so glacier-carved valleys which end abruptly against the quartzite cliffs of the central spine. It is in the back of one of these glaciated valleys, the Stillwater Drainage, that Amethyst Basin and Amethyst Lake, are located. There are several other alpine lakes within the Stillwater Drainage, but Amethyst Lake is the largest.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kamas
Distance: 13.2
Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 8.25 hours
Season: Midsummer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,790 feet
Top Elevation: 10,360 feet
Local Contacts: Evanston Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, High Uintas Wilderness Area
Local Maps: Christmas Meadows (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Amethyst Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/17/2006
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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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