SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.
CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH FULL SCREEN MAP

Salt Lake City, UT: Amethyst Lake

ut

Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 11.8 miles


Perfect for a low-key overnight or longer day trip, this 11.8-mile out-and-back serves up stunning alpine scenery and prime fishing at the secluded Amethyst Lake.
  • Approaching Amethyst Lake
  • Lakeside Meadows
  • Northern View
  • Northern View
  • Campsites

From the overflow parking lot at the end of Christmas Meadows Road, head south through a pine-dotted valley on the Stillwater Fork Trail. The hike’s first 2.3 miles follow the easy-flowing Stillwater Fork, popular among fly-fisherman. At the sign pointing toward Amethyst Lake and Uinta High Wilderness, turn left to begin the climb toward Amethyst Meadows. After a steep and rocky 0.5-mile churn, you’ll gain the ridgeline and continue south to gain the remaining 1,300 feet of vertical over 3 mildly-grade miles. As you near the lake, Amethyst Meadows open up to huge panoramas of Lamotte Peak to the east and the alpine cirque forming bordering the lake to the south.

Camping is available along the lake’s spectacular western shore and in the meadows further north. The lake is bustling with cutthroat trout, and fishing is best in the early morning and evening, as few hikers stay overnight. For more information on fishing in the lake, visit the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Web site

-Mapped by Charlie Hart

Trail Reviews & Comments

READERS COMMENTS

Star Star Star Star Star
Jonathan Wise
Dec 27, 2013

Excllent hike. Beautiful views.

Star Star Star Star Star
skihost
Dec 26, 2013

Great hike except in July. Mosquitos so thick they covered tent screen, forcing us to use headlamps before sundown.

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:




Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions