Ruth Lake is one of the countless lakes located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. This summer, we decided to camp at Ruth Lake because of the great climbing in the area.
To get to the trailhead, go to Kamas, UT and drive 35 miles on Highway 150 east until right before mile marker 35. There is a small parking lot and a sign designating the Ruth Lake trailhead.
The hike is only 3/4 of a mile and is relatively flat, so it can also easily be done as a day hiking or climbing trip. If you are looking for a longer hike, many will use this route to start off and then continue on to one of the many other lakes in the area, including Hayden Lake, Cutthroat Lake, Teal Lake, and Jewel Lake.
Ruth Lake, as well as the other lakes mentioned above, is stocked with fish (however, we may have tried a little too early in the season and walked away empty handed). Common fish found in the Uintas include brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, golden trout and rainbow trout.
The climbing is absolutely amazing and is found just to the south of the lake. There is a good variety of grades, ranging from a 5.7 to 5.12b. We climbed the Good Medicine Area and were not disappointed! The tranquility of the mountains and the quality of the climbs made it an awesome experience. If possible, it is better to climb during the hottest part of the day because most of the climbing is in the shade.