Enjoy the peaceful Ryder Lake in the Uintas

Tom’s experience at Ryder Lake:

Ryder Lake is a popular overnight camping spot in the Uintas. You begin the trail at Christmas Meadows which is the same trailhead as the more popular Amethyst Lake.
Ryder Lake Christmas Meadow

The trail is 17 miles round trip. You follow the same trail as to Amethyst but when you come to the fork instead of turning left to Amethyst you stay on the trail and go straight.

Ryder Lake Fork

The trail is mostly level at the beginning but there are a few river crossings and a lot of mud. I was able to find rocks and logs to cross over rivers so my feet stayed pretty dry.

Trail to Ryder Lake

However, I did get muddy. My dog got very muddy. After the Amethyst fork there is one more fork where you take the left fork.

Ryder Lake Trail


Hiking to Ryder Lake

Both forks have signs but both are difficult to see if you aren’t paying attention.

Ryder Lake Hike

After the second fork the trail begins to gain elevation and is quite steep for a short distance.

Ryder Lake Uinta

There is plenty of water along the trail so if you bring a way to filter it you can stop many times along the trail rather than carry all of your water.

Uinta Ryder Lake

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trail to Ryder Lake starts out at the Christmas Meadows trailhead off of the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta National Forest. The road from the highway to the trailhead is a graded dirt road and any car could make it so long as it isn’t too wet or snowy. The trail is well maintained and well signed all the way to Ryder Lake but is rocky and steep in a few spots. It is 17 miles round trip to the lake and back. The trail can get very muddy and there is a lot of access to water along the trail and at a few lakes if you bring a purifier.


Christmas Meadows Trailhead = 40.822245,-110.800906

Ryder Lake = 40.726377,-110.826007

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