HIKE TO RUTH LAKE
July 2010 - 36 photos


On July 2nd of 2010, Bill Joy and I drove up to the Western Uinta mountains to check out the snow levels. I noticed an article in the paper that said all of the camp grounds at the higher levels would be closed for the July 4th holiday, due to snow. That didn't make sense to me, based on the clear mountain tops around Ogden.

Bill and I were anxious to be hiking again, so I told Bill to take his hiking shoes and a good hat, as we may do a short hike if the snow was gone. And it was gone except for a little on the higher mountains, and a few spots where deep snowdrifts hadn't melted completely. we did get to do a short hike, going up to Ruth Lake and Naomi Lake. The trailhead is at 10, 170 feet above sea level and the walk into Ruth Lake is just under a mile. I didn't take my GPS, but figure we walked about 2˝ miles, with maybe 400 feet in altitude change. That included a walk up to Naomi Lake and some hiking on Butterfly Hill.

This short hike is a good hike for family, especially with children. It isn't very difficult and is very scenic on the way up, with a beautiful lake at the end. A stroll up to Naomi Lake is well worth the effort too, but there is no defined trail. Naomi Lake is located at the far end of Ruth Lake, up over a ridge to the right. Only a short distance and not much of a climb to see it.

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View to the west from the output of Ruth Lake, where trail first arrives. Butterfly Hill and Lofty Peak in back.


This is very high country, and everything was quite green this early in the year. I took about 150 pictures with my new Canon SX210 camera. Could have taken 500 pictures, the area was so beautiful. There were scattered clouds crossing the sun most of the time, so some of the photos didn't get as much color as I would have liked, but you go with what ever the conditions are.

I wanted to see if this little camera would be good enough to take on hikes. It did pretty good, but the color depth isn't quite as good as my larger SLR's. The SX210 has 14x optical zoom, ending up equal to 392mm, but isn't quite as as sharp as my professional SLR zoom lenses. If I can hold the camera still enough, or don't zoom all the way out, it isn't too bad. I have learned that a monopod really helps. I just have to decide whether I want to carry the big camera for quality or small camera for less weight. The next few hikes will give me some idea, as I intend to take this camera along.


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View back to the east across Ruth Lake, Hayden Peak in the background, Butterfly Hill on the right


To get to the Ruth Lake Trailhead, take SR 150 from Kamas Utah, or Evanston Wyoming, going towards Mirror Lake. A few miles north of Bald Mountain Pass, at mile marker 35, the trailhead is on the west side of the road. There are a couple of parking lots and a pit toilet. From Kamas, Utah take Highway 150 east for 35 miles, or from Evanston, Wyoming follow Highway 150 south for 43 miles watching for mile marker 35, and the Ruth Lake Trailhead sign.

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View north over Ruth Lake from Butterfly Hill on the south side, you can see Naomi Lake at the upper left.

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Related Photos

We have hiked the Ruth Lake Area often,
so other hikes are related in different ways

Ruth Lake Area, 2011
 Ruth Lake Area, 2011


Beyond Ruth, 2010
 Beyond Ruth, 2010


Lofty Lake, 2012
 Lofty Lake, 2012


More Uinta Hikes
 More Uinta Hikes




My photos were taken with a Canon Powershot, SX210, 14 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilazation and optical lens from wide angle to 14x zoom. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and additional lenses.

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