Ryder and Kermsuh Lakes Trail

Kamas, Utah

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Ryder and Kermsuh Lakes are the other two major lakes, besides Amethyst Lake, that lie within the Stillwater Drainage of the High Uintas Wilderness Area. When ancient glaciers were carving the glove-shaped valley during the past ice age, three large fingers were gouged out of its southern flanks. Today we call these depressions Amethyst Basin, West Basin, and Middle Basin. These high mountain basins became natural places for the formation of lakes when the glaciers melted; hence the presence of Ryder, Kermsuh, and Amethyst lakes. Amethyst Lake, of course, is located in Amethyst Basin. Kermsuh Lake is in West Basin and Ryder is in Middle Basin. All are surrounded almost entirely by the billion-year-old Precambrian quartzite cliffs that define the Uinta Crest.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Ryder and Kermsuh Lakes are the other two major lakes, besides Amethyst Lake, that lie within the Stillwater Drainage of the High Uintas Wilderness Area. When ancient glaciers were carving the glove-shaped valley during the past ice age, three large fingers were gouged out of its southern flanks. Today we call these depressions Amethyst Basin, West Basin, and Middle Basin.

These high mountain basins became natural places for the formation of lakes when the glaciers melted; hence the presence of Ryder, Kermsuh, and Amethyst lakes. Amethyst Lake, of course, is located in Amethyst Basin. Kermsuh Lake is in West Basin and Ryder is in Middle Basin. All are surrounded almost entirely by the billion-year-old Precambrian quartzite cliffs that define the Uinta Crest.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kamas
Distance: 21.8
Elevation Gain: 1,770 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 15 hours
Season: Midsummer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,790 feet
Top Elevation: 10,560 feet
Local Contacts: Evanston Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, High Uintas Wilderness Area
Local Maps: Christmas Meadows (USGS), Hayden Peak (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Ryder and Kermsuh Lakes Trail

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