Ruth Lake

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Uinta Mountains, Utah

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Ruth Lake


  • The Ruth Lake Trailhead.- Ruth Lake
  • A swampy, marshy terrain that is typical in the Uintas. - Ruth Lake
  • One of the many wildflower meadows along the trail.- Ruth Lake
  • Smaller lakes on the way up to Ruth.- Ruth Lake
  • The trail is short enough to bring the canoe.- Ruth Lake
  • The yellow flowers of the aster family.- Ruth Lake
  • Hayden Peak (12,480') is one of the most recognizable of the Uinta peaks.- Ruth Lake
  • The Uinta Mountains are dog heaven.- Ruth Lake
  • Lily pads are common in the many lakes of the Uintas.- Ruth Lake
  • The northwestern corner of Ruth Lake.- Ruth Lake
  • Some backpackers heading home.- Ruth Lake
  • Logs building up on the northeast end of Ruth Lake.- Ruth Lake
  • The route has interpretive signs along the trail.- Ruth Lake
Overview + Weather
Easy hike. Beautiful lake. Great wildflowers. Hayden Peak views.
A bit crowded. Pretty short. Can be buggy. Cold at night, even in summer.
Uinta Mountains, UT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
263.00 ft (80.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,100.00 ft (3,078.48 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Ruth Lake is a fun little hike high in the Uinta Mountains that is the perfect place for people who are new to backpacking. With only a short, 0.8-mile jaunt to the lake, it is a great place to get used to hiking with a full pack for an overnight camping trip away from the car. The elevation gain is minimal, but you still get to see the open meadows and views we all come to expect in the Uinta Mountains. There are primitive camping sites up on the left (eastern) side of the lake as you approach. Make sure you walk around to the far side of the lake to get the views of Hayden Peak above.

Bring your dogs, fishing rods, or even the canoe. The wildflowers are amazing in summer, and the lily pads in the lake compliment the views of the surrounding mountains. There are several interpretive signs along the way, which is great for the kids. The Lofty Lakes Trail can be accessed from the southeastern end, and just like most places in the Uintas, there are many sister lakes and bodies of water in all directions.

Weather can change quickly in the Uintas, and afternoon storms can develop on an otherwise clear day.  Bring your bug repellent as well. Overall, however, this is a mellow trail that is not far from the road, so it is a great choice for all ages and experience levels.

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