Explore the most popular camping trails in Ashley National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this hike on 4th of July Weekend 2017. The first 4 miles follows the Uintah River and is beautiful. Tons of trees, few good fishing spots, very nice easy hiking. From Sheep's Bridge you start switchbacks for 4-5 miles. They suck. You feel like you'll never get out. After that you'll cross Krebs Creek. From there I think it's only another 2 miles to the Lower Chain lake. We camped here for 2 days, did lots of fishing and exploring. The hike in took us 7 hours, back took us 4. We'll be going back this year to go all the way to King's. Should be fun

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Did not catch any fish but had a great day!

backpacking
8 months ago

We hiked this trail the first week in August with 7 young men. Beautiful scenery and fun fishing. Spent most of our time at lake 1 and lake 3. However, one of our boys began experiencing nausea and then headache. When we realized he had attitude sickness, we made efforts to get him out, but just a few hours later he passed away on the mountain, just below lake 1. Wished we would have been more knowledgeable of the illness and the threats. I'd encourage all groups to educate themselves on the symptoms of altitude sickness and discuss it in advance with their group. Also take a pulse oximeter. And finally have some sort of satellite communication device. Your preparation may save your life or that of a member of your group or another you encounter in this beautiful terrain.

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/altitude-sickness-topic-overview

hiking
8 months ago

So this is only 3/4 mile to the lake. If you walk around the lake then you can clock more miles. It's definitely kid friendly. The terrain is mostly rocks and small boulders, which is not my favorite, but there was still a lot of green. The lake is one of the most beautiful I have seen. I walked around the right to the far side and I could have just stared all day. Wonderful views! Quite a few people camping and fishing. Best to go mid week after summer vacation.

Great for little kids and dogs, good place to backpack in and camp with the family. It's getting cold overnight this time of year.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy beautiful trail. Large rocks and dirt trails go through patches of trees, rock platforms and fields of wildflowers and brooks. I went in the beginning of August and there were still lots of beautiful flowers all over throughout the trail. The trail itself is well maintained and defined. Don't get confused by the pond, the lake is further and has a wood sign on a tree. You can actually do an easy loop around the Lake perimeter as well which takes you through more patches of trees and fields of flowers. There were yellow lilies on the far side as well as nice camp sites. I also saw lots of chipmunks and deer even! This is a new favorite!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy, well maintained trail with lots of water and beautiful scenery. Don't stop at Ruth Lake. Looking back across the lake from the trail above is spectacular.

One of our favorite family hikes, beautiful wild flowers.

9 months ago

Can't go wrong in the Ashley national forest

backpacking
9 months ago

Great trail and well maintained. We took our three little girls (5,3.1) for a two-nighter to Ruth Lake! Lots of rock for the kids to explore on.

backpacking
9 months ago

We just got off the trail today. Ton of downed trees blocking the trail in places. This trail is rated moderate and I agree with it. It's deceiving because you alway think you have reached the top but disappointed that you still have a ways to go. Just FYI, the mileage that is posted with this trail is for round lake. If you are going to Fish Lake it is 4.5 miles. All the fish in the lake were so small that we had very poor luck. We were using spinners which was obviously a bad choice for these lakes. Dry fly fishing in the morning and evening would have been a much better choice.

I had the opportunity to hike through painters basin from whiterocks, and then up the pass to Lake Atwood, and then up a steep rocky pass to the chain lakes, and then back down the Uinta river drainage. Coming out that way due to the steep switchbacks, I swore that I'd NEVER hike up to the chain lakes or lake Atwood from the Uinta river trailhead because it is one of the toughest and steepest switchback trails in the uintas.
10 years later, I'm now contemplating going up this route ;) because it was so amazing, very few people, and awesome fishing.

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This is one of my favorite hikes in the area! It's a gorgeous hike to a gorgeous lake. It's easy enough that my older parents and also children enjoy this hike. Beautiful, easy hike.

10 months ago

I took four kids backpacking up here and it was a beautiful area with the lake and several streams. My kids are young and this was the perfect area for a first backpacking trip.

Beautiful trail. Great trail for beginners.

Great trail for beginners, beautiful trail.

backpacking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Small Lake to get away from the crowds. A few good campsite. Have to drop down from the Highline Trail

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Perfect hike for kids and beginners. Nearly flat, gorgeous scenery, and a quiet lake. But OMG the mosquitoes in July! Would love to do this in the fall before the snow because the swarms of mosquitoes detracted a bit from the hike. They don't care about biting through OFF or clothing!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A definite favorite for my family with little kids.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Easy hike took less than 30 mins. Con... Mosquitoes all over the place and OFF doesn't phase the little F'ers...

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

We went on the trail late June and it was quite wet, with most the trail being a water flow. It was however a beautiful hike and worth it. Bring snacks, we forgot ours.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Troup 250 hiked this trail the 3rd week of July, 2015. We started at the west fork of Whiterocks and 50 miles later came out at Uintah Canyon. It was hard but the scenery was spectacular!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Very short and easy hike. Dog friendly.

on Ruth Lake Trail

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Toddler friendly. Short. Beautiful!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hard work but worth it. An outfitter told me it is 11 miles one way. Seemed like 20.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Very scenic trail with well-marked path. Nice payoff at Ruth Lake. Easy hike.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Have loved this hike ever since I was a kid! Pretty trail and fairly easy, good for kids and adults. The lake at the end is gorgeous and fun to fish, but can get crowded on the weekends. My family usually goes farther to other lakes, but the trail peters out around Naomi lake and you have to bushwhack to other places. Great day hike or beginner backpacking as the lake has some good camp sights.

hiking
Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy hike in. If you have time, go to the surrounding lakes.

hiking
Monday, July 07, 2014

Nice short medium level hike, good for the kids. There's a beautiful reward at the end. They do stock the lake, so bring a pole!

hiking
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I really enjoy this shorter hike for the family. We came up to it while camping in the area. This hike will give you the experience of hiking the highs without the all day hike that a lot might not want to do. You can catch a couple easy Peaks close by if you want to take the extra trip. Over all I think anyone would like this hike. A favorite of mine.

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