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Ostler Lake

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Length

12.4 Miles 20.0 Kilometers

90%

Runnable

Elevation

1,900' 579 m

Ascent

-1,900' -579 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

10,568' 3,221 m

High

8,800' 2,682 m

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

Christian Paul

Overview

This is one of the classic backpacking destinations in the High Uintas Wilderness, and makes a great out and back run.
Features: Lake — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

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 running until you reach Ostler Lake. There is a trail around the lake that is mainly a game trail with some runner 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 run 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.

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