Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
4 days ago

It was a great trail for my kids and us to walk. Did explore a lot around the lake and a ton of rocky areas my kids climbed the afternoon away.

7 days ago

We went at the beginning of August. Round lake was beautiful and fishing was great! Sand lake was beautiful and fishing was great but the fish were were smaller than at Round. Fish Lake was very disappointing. The water was extremely low, rocks and dead trees everywhere. We intended to camp 2 nights at Fish but ended up going back to Sand lake for our camp site. The hike was beautiful but very rocky. Seemed like rock jumping for much of the time. Weather was fantastic!

nice

This trail is short and easy, you can make it longer by exploring around the lakes. Great for dogs and kids- or out of towners:)

backpacking
27 days ago

Beautiful lake, fairly easy trail, and secluded because it is a dedicated trail to a single lake. While the seclusion is great, it also creates an underpopulated fishery since it does not get stocked often enough with fish. Love the scenery though!

fishing
1 month ago

Great fishing! The trail is not very obvious for the last 2 miles. Having this app was very helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely the toughest trail I've done so far out in the Ashley forest/high uintas, but well worth the trek.

As previous reviewers have mentioned, this trail has serious elevation gains. People who have little experience at elevation should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. I originally attempted the trail in May, but only made it about halfway up as I started feeling dizzy and sluggish. Having experienced altitude sickness before, I knew I wasn't prepared. I completed the hike on July 7, 2018. It took me just about 9.5 hours from start to finish.

I love the middle section, past the switchbacks and before the lakes. Everything was lush and green even in this dry season, plenty of wildflowers too! You can also see how far you've climbed, which is insane.

I would have preferred to have been capable to see the lakes in May, as I'm sure the trail was less buggy earlier in the season. The trail is really rocky. However, all in all, it was great!

One of my favorite hikes, once you get past Ruth lake you encounter very few people and the scenery is breath taking!

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful quiet place. Hiked in on Saturday morning end of June. Full blue skies and average temp was 80 degrees. Scenery is beautiful the entire way up - aspen groves, wildflower meadows, alpine cliffs. When we got to Fish lake there was one other person. Made for a very peaceful backpacking trip. Last mile and a half to Round lake is pretty steep. Saw some elk and deer near Round lake.

backpacking
1 month ago

Short hike but you still enjoy a remote feel and views and have additional access to Naomi and Hayden lakes adjoining Ruth.

backpacking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful hike but once you get past the big alpine meadow the trail just seems to disappear. There are tree markers and cairns for most of it and then all of a sudden there isn’t. We also lost the trail not far from the trailhead coming down and ended up at the Spirit Lake Lodge. I do highly recommend this hike though just bring a GPS and a lot of bug spray!

It’s a short trail. Lake can be reached in about an hour. There are some parts of the trail that disappear but is usually marked by cairns in those spots. There aren’t too many spots for camping but your best bet for a spot would be along the west side of the lake. Fun little day hike though.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great little spot. Has ponds/ lakes all round it. Above and below. The upper ones are worth the hike up the waterfall. There’s another lake and four other ponds up there in the bowl of the mountain. I went June 8-10th 2018. Still snow all over the place but not excessive. Took a dip in the lake it was obviously freezing but to say I was the only person in a lake is a cool feeling. Most the weekend my group and I were the only people up there. Such a beautiful little area. Definitely worth the drive to get to for the 45 min hike to solitude.

backpacking
2 months ago

I really liked this trail! I’d say the rating of moderate is accurate. It’s rocky so wear something with an ankle support. The lake is beautiful and we were treated to some elk coming to drink across the lake. We pitched camp back in the trees and had a wonderful time before continuing on our adventure.

backpacking
5 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
6 months ago

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

backpacking
11 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
11 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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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
Monday, August 07, 2017

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
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I love Tamarack . Easy trail.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

One of our favorite family hikes, beautiful wild flowers.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Can't go wrong in the Ashley national forest

backpacking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Great hike to the lake. A little rocky and wet but not bad. Got a small blow up out on Tamarack well worth it!

backpacking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

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
Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

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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Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

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