Difficulty: Beginner ◉
Length: 2.2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 260 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.7339, -110.8677
Directions: Enter the Uintas via Kamas, on the Mirror Lake Highway—the trail starts about 4 miles past Mirror Lake. The coordinates will take you right to the trailhead, where there is parking along both sides of the road and trail signage. Remember to bring $6 cash or a check. You will need to get a self-serve 1-3 day recreation pass when you park (available at the trailhead). This road is seasonal and can only be accessed from mid/late May through early/mid November. Check UDOT's traffic website for current status.
A great day hike and the perfect way to get acquainted with the Uintas. The Ruth Lake trail passes by creeks and meadows, gaining elevation slowly before reaching one of the Uinta Range's 1,000+ lakes. The trail is easy to follow and wraps around the lake, and the best view is from the far side. A popular place for fishing, picnicking and even short backpacking trips, Ruth Lake showcases the beauty of the Uinta range (and it's many bugs), so don't forget the bug spray.