Stillwater Drainage

Kamas, Utah

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Several short two-day hikes or a longer five-day trip in the High Uintas. Cirques and massive peaks ring the upper basins, and there is good fishing on Stillwater Fork. The Stillwater drainage of the Bear River offers three destinations: West Basin, with Kermsuh Lake; Middle Basin, with McPheters and Ryder Lakes; and Amethyst Basin, containing Amethyst and Ostler Lakes. Each has incredibly beautiful alpine scenery of high rock walls, pockets of spruce, scattered ponds, and wet meadows. Good fishing exists throughout the three basins, and water is abundant.
Hiking Utah

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Hiking Utah

by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert (Falcon Guides)

Several short two-day hikes or a longer five-day trip in the High Uintas. Cirques and massive peaks ring the upper basins, and there is good fishing on Stillwater Fork.

The Stillwater drainage of the Bear River offers three destinations: West Basin, with Kermsuh Lake; Middle Basin, with McPheters and Ryder Lakes; and Amethyst Basin, containing Amethyst and Ostler Lakes. Each has incredibly beautiful alpine scenery of high rock walls, pockets of spruce, scattered ponds, and wet meadows. Good fishing exists throughout the three basins, and water is abundant.

©  Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kamas
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hikes up to a five-day trip
Season: Late spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,600 feet
Local Contacts: Evanston Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hayden Peak, USGS Christmas Meadows, Northeastern Utah Multipurpose Map, High Uintas Wilderness Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Stillwater Drainage

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2006
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Trail is really well maintained and easy as long as you stay in valley. WE went into Amethyst Lake Basin. The trail gets steep for about 1 mile. Beautiful basin, lots of lakes and pretty good fishing.



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