Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2-3h
Distance
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9.2 km
Elevation
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223 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal Lake Trail is a gorgeous hiking circuit east of Park City Utah. This trail is moderately challenging and a perfect hike for families with older children or folks who want to bring their dog on an adventure in the mountains. With stunning views throughout, the Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal Lake Hiking Circuit is a fantastic way to spend the day exploring the Utah wilderness.

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Route Description for Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal Lake Trail

The hike to Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal Lake is a fantastic, adventurous route in the Western Uinta Mountains. This trail is well marked and well maintained up until Ruth Lake. Past Ruth Lake, the path becomes unclear, 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. You will also want to bring along a camera; this trail is absolutely stunning.

From the parking lot, follow the trail 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. Just west of Ruth Lake, look for the rugged trail that branches off to your right. Go along this trail northwest for 0.4 miles to Jewel Lake. From the north end of Jewel Lake, head southwest through the meadows of wildflowers to Cutthroat Lake. From Cutthroat Lake, make your way north to Teal Lake before heading back southeast to Jewel Lake.

Once you find yourself back at Jewel Lake, retrace your footsteps back to the parking area where you began.

Getting to the Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal 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 Ruth Lake, Jewel Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Teal Lake hiking circuit begins here.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Primitive Camping at each lake

  • When to do

    May to September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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