Distance: 1.6 miles roundtrip. Enjoy a verity of climbing routes from 5.7 to 5.12+Beautiful scenery with overnight camping.

Getting There

From Evanston, take the Mirror Lake Highway 150 about 42 miles to the Ruth Lake trailhead and follow the easy hike up from the highway; just look for the signs directing you to Ruth Lake.

The Trail/The Climbs

Once on the trail, keep an eye out to your left and soon you'll see the cliffs where people go to climb. When the trail forks, stay to the left. Enjoy the scenic area and get in some great climbs. If you camp overnight, you can continue the next day!

Pack List

Day climb:
  • Climbing gear
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks
Overnight camping:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Food
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Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Fun Adventure!

It is such a exciting feeling to top out on a challenging route and look behind you and see the beautiful Ruth Lake! Easy hike in. Somewhat busy. Undeniably beautiful!

Incredible climbing + easy backpacking combo

One of my favorite trips I've done in the Uintas. It's a short hike in, so no biggie to drag your climbing gear in addition to backpacking gear. Camp within a half mile of the crag...pretty awesome! Don't pack in firewood if you plan to have a fire, plenty of dry wood to burn in the area. Stop at High Mountain in Kamas on the way out for the best old fashioned burger + milkshake in Utah (debatable, but tied for the top position for sure).

Monday Afternoon Adventure

My friend and I set off in the early afternoon to meet some of our other friends who were climbing there that day. It was a very scenic drive up to the trailhead. We enjoyed a little fishing (didn't catch anything unfortunately) and explored some of the surrounding lakes in the area. Which is a must. There are some really neat, smaller lakes that are stunning. I was unable to climb do to having my climbing shoes stolen recently but my friends were very pleased with the climbing. I still was very entertained watching. On a Monday it felt like we almost had the lake to ourselves. We encountered only two other people while up there that were on the other side of the lake taking photos while canoeing.


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