Cutthroat Lake Trail

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6.6 km
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167 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Cutthroat Lake Trail is a beautiful hike east of Park City, Utah. This trail brings you past four stunning alpine lakes: Ruth Lake, Hayden Lake, Jewel Lake, and Cutthroat Lake. The Cutthroat Lake Trail makes an excellent day-hike or a fun and easy overnight backpacking trip.

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Route Description for Cutthroat Lake Trail

The Cutthroat Lake Trail is a gorgeous hike in the western Uintas. This trail is well maintained and well-traveled up to Ruth Lake. Once you pass Ruth Lake, the path becomes less defined, and some creative route finding is required. If you are not experienced in route finding, we recommend bringing along a map and/or GPS unit to help you stay on track. You will definitely want to bring a camera as well; the views along the Cutthroat Lake Trail are absolutely stunning.

Beginning at the Ruth Lake Trailhead, follow the well-marked path west as it winds along Hayden Fork to a divide. Stay right at the divide to make your way to Ruth Lake. Follow the path along the north shore of Ruth Lake and, just west of Ruth Lake, look for the rugged trail that branches off to your right. Follow this trail northwest for 0.4 mi to Jewel Lake. From Jewel Lake, make your way west to the shores of Cutthroat Lake.

Kick back and relax at Cutthroat lake, and go for an invigorating swim in the cool waters before heading back to the trailhead following the way you came.

Getting to the Cutthroat Lake Trail Trailhead

From Kamas, Utah, head east out of town on highway 150. Stay on Highway 150 for 34.0 mi and look for the Ruth Lake parking area on the west side of the highway, just past the Butterfly Lake Campground. The Cutthroat Lake Trail begins here.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Primitive Camping at Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, and Cutthroat Lake

  • When to do

    April to October

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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