Amethyst Lake

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My ‘girlfriend in-law’ drove down from Montana to join me for a weekend adventure in the High Uintas. I’ve been wanting to head up to Amethyst Lake ever since I read about it, solely based on its name. After a mandatory stop at the Samak Smoke House we drove up to the Christmas Meadows trailhead. 13.2 Miles round trip, we took our time walking in; chatting with almost every group we passed. Right before reaching the lake, thunderheads filled the basin. A sprinkle put a pep in our step, but passed through quickly. The clouds rolled away and a beautiful moonrise crept over the ridge line. Echoing wind brought in cold temperatures, booming thunder and lighting strikes in the middle of the night. We hunkered down with the three dogs as the rain pelted the tent like golf balls. We woke to blue skies and happy dogs. The sunrise was spectacular and defines the lake 100%. We took a freezing dip in a lake just down the trail and headed out noticing glimpses of fall all along the way.

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