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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Hike the world class Teton Crest Trail through Grand Teton National Park

Tom’s experience on the Teton Crest Trail:

The Teton Crest Trail is a world class mountain hike through Grand Teton National Park.
Teton Crest Trail GTNP

The Teton Crest Trail follows along the Tetons on the other side of the mountains from the popular campgrounds in the national park.

Teton Crest Trail Hike

The trail is very popular and you will see other people along it but the deeper you are in the mountains the less people you will pass.

Teton Crest Trail Wyoming


We took a short cut when we hiked this and took the Teton Village Tram up to cut down a lot of the elevation on the first day.

Hiking Teton Crest Trail


It was really fun and I would recommend it however it is more expensive than hiking it yourself.

Teton Crest Trail Grand Teton National Park

There were a lot of hang gliders that were going from the summit of the tram which were fun to watch.

Grand Teton National Park Teton Crest Trail

From there we hiked past Marion Lake to Fox Creek Pass.

GTNP Teton Crest Trail
We were unable to get permits for the locations we wanted/needed in order to hike it in the time frame we had.

Through Hike Teton Crest Trail

Because of that we had to camp outside of the national park where permits are not required.

Wildflowers Teton Crest Trail

We also climbed to the top of a small spire that was outside of the national park. It was a fun climb that was exposed on loose rocks but we all made it safely. On day two we went from just below Fox Creek Pass to Alaska Basin.

Teton Crest Trail Wildflowers

The trail through this area had some wonderful wildflowers especially Alaska Basin. It was really fun and we spent a ton of time taking the scenery in.

Teton Crest Trail

Since we didn’t have permits we had to spend the night in Alaska Basin which is outside of the national park. On day three we went from Alaska Basin down Cascade Canyon to String Lake Trailhead.

Teton Crest Trail Photos

This portion of the trail had the best views of the mountains and was also very pretty. We took a side route and went up to Ice Flow lake which was really neat.

Teton Crest Trail Through Hike

The views of the Tetons were gorgeous and we didn’t have any problem with wildlife. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails in Teton National Park.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trail requires multiple cars or a shuttle but the trailheads are not very far apart and it is a short drive. You can put in at multiple places but the traditional Teton Crest Trail starts outside of the park at Coal Creek but you can enter from any of the canyons or from the Teton Village Tram. The trail ends at the String Lake Trailhead.


Teton Village Tram:  43.597277,-110.870697

Marion Lake:  43.624031,-110.928376

Alaska Basin:  43.696675,-110.850195

String Lake Trailhead:  43.784325,-110.726395

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