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Ostler Lake

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This lake is beautiful and makes a great base camp for exploring Amethyst Basin.


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12.4

Miles

20.0

KM

Out and Back

10,568' 3,221 m

High

8,800' 2,682 m

Low

1,900' 579 m

Up

1,900' 579 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is one of the classic backpacking destinations in the High Uintas Wilderness, and makes a great out and back hike.

Need to Know

This trail does a lot of elevation gain, so be prepared for the burn!

Description

This trail does its first three miles like a roller coaster, with short ups and downs, until you reach Ostler Fork. Then it heads up a very large climb which takes you past a small falls and up a ridgeline with a few views.

You'll then find yourself slowly climbing through a forest that will eventually put you up in a meadow. You'll keep gaining elevation. Stay on the trail as there are some boggy areas above the creek that can throw you off trail.

Once you crest out in the meadow below Ostler Peak, you'll want to head southwest across a log on the creek. Then it becomes off trail hiking until you reach Ostler Lake. There is a trail around the lake that is mainly a game trail with some hiker traffic. The best camp spots are near the meadow on the south end directly below Ostler Peak.

If you are camping at Ostler Lake, this is a great base camp for exploring Amethyst Basin. Or if you are just out for the day, once you are done taking in the sights at the lake, simply hike back to the trailhead the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, deer, pika, squirrel, chipmunk, mountain goats, wildflowers, and tiger trout.

History & Background

This basin, as well as the adjacent areas, was used for the tie hackers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Christian Paul

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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Arriving at Ostler Lake
Sep 23, 2016 near Oakley, UT
False hellbore along the Stillwater Trail (Christmas Meadows). with permission from Ralph Maughan
Sep 23, 2016 near Oakley, UT
Amythest Basin
Oct 30, 2017 near Oakley, UT

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Aug 1, 2019
Cole Birrer
Amazing trail! The incline on the second half is no joke! So be ready! Prettiest hike I've been on in the Uintas! Loved it 12.4mi
Oct 28, 2018
Scott Brady
Camped Saturday night. Good conditions.
Aug 25, 2018
Colby Child
16mi
Jul 23, 2018
Dj Heller
Oct 29, 2017
Chris Patterson
Jun 30, 2017
SailsToTheMoon MTB
Hiked to start up to as amethyst basin.