Ruth Lake Trail

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3.2 km
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80 m
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The Ruth Lake Trail is a short hike in the Western Uinta Mountains, east of Park City, Utah. This hike is family-friendly and dog-friendly though pups must be kept on leash for the duration of your hike. With incredible scenery and a refreshing alpine lake, the Ruth Lake Trail is a fantastic route for hikers of all ages and all abilities.

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Route Description for Ruth Lake Trail

The hike to Ruth Lake is an excellent family outing in the beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest east of Park City, Utah. The trail itself is well maintained but has a few rocky sections, so be sure to wear proper hiking footwear. In the early spring, this trail can be mucky and icy. We recommend bringing along a set of traction devices such as microspikes if you plan on hiking in the early season.

For little legs or beginner hikers, the Ruth Lake Trail is an excellent way to get out and start exploring the beauty of the Utah wilderness. The trail itself is not challenging and offers incredible views the whole way. At the end of the hike, you can even cool off with a refreshing swim in this pristine alpine lake.

From the parking area along Highway 150, follow the Ruth Lake Trail west along Hayden Fork. Stay right at the trail divide to continue to the lake itself. At Ruth Lake, take a relaxing stroll around the lakeshore before following the same trail back to the parking lot where you began.

If you are blown away by the beauty of Ruth Lake, consider bringing along a tent and spending the night lakeside under the Utah stars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you swim in Ruth Lake in Utah?

Yes, swimming is permitted in Ruth Lake.

Are dogs allowed at Ruth Lake?

Yes, dogs are permitted on the Ruth Lake Trail but must be kept on leash. Out of respect for your fellow hikers, please pick up after your pup.

Insider Hints for Ruth Lake Trail

  • If you are hiking in the summer, don’t forget to put on bug spray and sunscreen before hitting the trail.
  • If you are camping at Ruth Lake, tents must be set up at least 61 m away from the water’s edge.
  • In the summer, this trail is peppered with incredible wildflowers.

Getting to the Ruth Lake Trail Trailhead

From Kamas, Utah, head east out of town on highway 150. Stay on highway 150 for 54.7 km and look for the Ruth Lake Trailhead parking area on the west side of the highway, just past the Butterfly Lake Campground. The Ruth Lake Trail begins here.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Disperse Camping at Ruth Lake

  • When to do

    May to October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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