Tom’s Experience hiking to Amethyst Lake:
The hike to Amethyst Lake is one of the most popular hikes in the Uinta National Forest. We hiked this in the middle of June; the trail was very wet and there was a lot of snow up near Amethyst Lake. The mud on the trail was so thick, if we stepped in the mud, it would grab at our feet. There were usually paths around, or stepping stones through the mud, if you were careful you could avoid the worst of it.
The trail is fairly level starting out as you hike through Christmas Meadows and along the Stillwater Creek. Its the same trailhead as Ryder Lake. Eventually the trail will cut up the mountain and follow Ostler Creek. It stays pretty steep for a couple of miles until it levels back out near Amethyst Lake.
Hiking up the mountain you are able to see a lot of small, but neat, waterfalls as you look over the edge into the river. It helps make the trail more bearable during one of the steepest parts, since the water and the forest are so awesome and the views keep changing.
Eventually, you enter into another meadow with a stream running through it in the shadow of Ostler Peak. Here you are nearly to Amethyst, a lake surrounded by steep, rocky mountain slopes.
There are plenty of fish in the lake if you are looking for dinner. There are a few stream crossings on this trail. They were always easy to cross and we never got our feet wet. Dogs are allowed on this trail and mine loved playing in the snow.
Trail Info: The trail to Amethyst Lake starts out at the Christmas Meadows trailhead off of the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta National Forest. The road from the highway to the trailhead is a graded dirt road and any car could make it so long as it isn’t too wet or snowy. The trail is well maintained and well signed all the way to Amethyst but is rocky and steep in a few spots. It is 13.2 miles round trip to the lake and back. The trail can get very muddy and there is a lot of access to water along the trail and at a few lakes if you bring a purifier.
Trailhead = 40.822245,-110.800906
Amethyst Lake = 40.753828,-110.760486
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