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Amethyst Lake Trail

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3.9

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

10,763' 3,281 m

High

8,981' 2,738 m

Low

1,786' 544 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

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For beauty this trail rates a full five stars. Spruce trees the whole way, plus aspens in the lower part, wildflowers, enchanting meadows, lovely Salamander Lake, crystalline creeks dancing in the sun, craggy peaks to the sides.

The road in, not so much. Four miles of solid rock and deep washboard. Then there's the trail: whoever laid it out didn't believe in switchbacks and so much of it is straight and steep. Trouble is, as the trail has worn in on the steep sections the dirt has eroded away, leaving loose rocks.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Craig Lindsey and 1 other

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#222

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#6,134

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Trailside views, leaving Amethyst Lake.
Jun 19, 2018 near Oakley, UT
Amythest Basin
Oct 30, 2017 near Oakley, UT

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Sep 4, 2020
Mei Xue
Jun 16, 2018
Craig Lindsey
A truly spectacular hike. Did it as a day trip, but intend to return on a weekend backpacking trip to explore the whole basin. 13.5mi
Jun 30, 2017
SailsToTheMoon MTB
With Greta. Camped on trail first night. Up to basin day two and camped up there two nights. hiked up to amethyst lake Sunday.