Ryder Lake Trail is a 15.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Evanston, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
From Evanston, take the Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) south about 33 miles to the Christmas Meadows turnoff. Follow a good dirt road south about 4 miles to the trail-head.
I liked the feel of this lake less all the campfire pits in a permanent campfire banned area.
I tied the Kermashu (sp) lake into this trail for a quick weekend get away. The trail is easy to follow with out much felt up hill until about mile 6.
Hiked to Ryder and camped in meadow 1/2 miles below the lake. Day hiked Ryder and Mcpheters Lakes then to the end in the drainage below Hayden peak. Views of the entire middle basin were fantastic. Many downed trees blocking the trail
I have been on this trail many times through the years. I love to camp and hike the many trails in the area. One of my favorite parts of this trail are the wood bridges across some of the swampy spots. My kids also enjoy being out here. The only thing about the area you have to be aware of are the many Moose. Great trail for all.
One way, this one registered 10.2 miles on my GPS. So this is a 20 mile up and back trail. Beautiful trail. The off the shelf maps on GPS actually have the wrong trail going in and would have you bush whack for 4 miles. This has a steep incline near the end as you head up to the lake. If you do this one in June there will be small snow patches to keep your fish cold, but LOTS of bugs. Better done later in the summer. Ryder has more fish, McP has larger fish.
Easy trail until the last couple of miles. Beautiful basin. Backpacked in the mid 70's