Teal Lake via the Ruth Lake Trail

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Moderate
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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7.6 km
Elevation
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204 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Teal Lake via Ruth Lake Trail is a gorgeous hike in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest east of Park City, Utah. This trail is an adventurous route that brings you past four pristine alpine lakes: Ruth Lake, Hayden Lake, Jewel Lake and Teal Lake. Dogs are welcome to join you on this trail, but please respect the on-leash/off-leash area signage.

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Route Description for Teal Lake via the Ruth Lake Trail

The hike to Teal Lake via Ruth Lake is a gorgeous trail in the Western Uinta Mountains. This trail is well marked and well-populated up until Ruth Lake. Past Ruth Lake, the path becomes unclear, and some route finding is required. If you are not experienced in route finding, we recommend printing or downloading a map before starting the hike. If you have a GPS unit, we recommend bringing that along too. If you are up for the adventure, this trail is gorgeous. On the hike to Teal Lake, you will pass three other incredible lakes, meadows of wildflowers, and lush green forest.

From the parking lot on the west side of Highway 150, follow the trail west as it winds along Hayden Fork to a divide; stay right at this divide to make your way to Ruth Lake. At Ruth Lake, continue on the path along the north shore of the lake. 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 the north end of Jewel Lake, make your way west to Teal Lake.

Take a rest and enjoy some peace and solitude on the shores of Teal Lake before turning around and retracing your steps back to the parking area where you began.

Getting to the Teal Lake via the Ruth 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 Teal Lake via Ruth Lake Trail begins here.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

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

  • When to do

    April to September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Low to Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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