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Amethyst Lake

A beautiful lake not far from Salt Lake City


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Amethyst Lake is located in the High Uinta Wilderness, Utah, offering premier hiking, backpacking, fishing, and swimming experience. Tall spruce trees and old aspens, wildflowers in the summer, lush meadows, crystal clear creeks and lakes—the beauty of this place is mesmerizing. If you take a camera with you, stunning sunset pictures from Amethyst Lake will remain in your collection forever. The best season is July through October.

Amethyst Lake is accessible by I-80 from Salt Lake City to Evanston, Utah. From Evanston drive on Highway 150 South to Christmas Meadows. A 13-mi (21-km) roundtrip trail to Amethyst Lake begins at Christmas Meadows Trailhead. The first part of the trail is easy, but the path starts climbing up after the first three miles (4.8 km). Hikers will pass Lake BR-24, Ostler Lake, both of which are perfect for a picnic or a more extended stay. Amethyst Lake is in just a mile (1.6 km) from Lake BR-24. It is surrounded by a beautiful green meadow. The stunning alpine lake provides a panorama of Hayden and Ostler peaks. Many people stay for a few days since camping and fishing in this area is exceptional.

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