ElevationAscent: 1,900' 579 m
Descent: -1,900' -579 m
High: 10,568' 3,221 m
Low: 8,800' 2,682 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)
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“This lake is beautiful and makes a great base camp for exploring Amethyst Basin.”— Christian Paul
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.
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