Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

This past weekend Lyle and I and a friend went backpacking in the Uinta Mountains. We wanted to fill our weekend with fishing, hiking, and rock climbing. So as we planned for the weekend Lyle scoured our area backpacking book and the internet and chose Ruth Lake.

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

The hike to a decent campsite was really short and easy – about 1 mile. And the scenery was stunning! The mountains, rocks, flowers, and greenery was too beautiful not to take a BILLION pictures. 🙂

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

All of the decent campsites around Ruth Lake were taken, because everyone was camping over July 4th weekend. So we decided to keep hiking a little farther to the next lake – Naomi Lake. We found a site that was much more secluded (it was still much more populated than a typical weekend in the Uintas). As you can see, Daisy thoroughly enjoyed our campsite. There were lots of flowers, dirt, water, and sticks – all of her favorite things!

With several lakes within short walking distant, Lyle was able to hone his fly fishing skills.

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

On Saturday morning we packed up our camp and headed down the trail to get to the Chief Wall to spend the morning rock climbing. Although I failed miserably at the climbs, Lyle and our friend enjoyed the challenge of some brand new climbs – Sun Dog and Fire Water.

Rock Climbing in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

Rock Climbing in the Uinta Mountains: Ruth Lake

If you are ever in the Uinta area and want a short, easy overnight backpack trip I highly recommend Ruth Lake. Don’t expect to have the area to yourself, but the scenery will make up for all the people.

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9 thoughts on “Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains

  1. we need more friends that like to go backpacking! we don’t really know anyone in vegas… i guess it’s way too hot so it’s not a super outdoorsy culture. i know tons of people come to red rock to go climbing though.

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