Ryder and McPheters Lakes

Evanston, Wyoming 82930

Ryder and McPheters Lakes

Ryder and McPheters Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"As elaborate as it may seem, the Stillwater Trail is a little deceiving as far as the difficulty of this hike is concerned. It’s not the elevation gain that will discourage the soul, but lots of rocks and many mud holes may dampen spirits. The trail does pick up some altitude. However, it is an effortless climb until the Kermsuh–Ryder junction. Then the trail proceeds up, up, and up.

Ryder and McPheters Lakes occupy Middle Basin; Mount Agassiz, Spread Eagle, and Hayden are the dominant surrounding peaks. Ryder sits at the foot of three connecting ridges characterized by wind and steep, rocky ledges. Beautiful meadows intersperse the pines, while trickles of water cascade off the cliffs, adding to the aesthetics.Access begins at the south end of Christmas Meadows Campground."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
11 hours
8,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,600 feet
Top Elevation
Wasatch National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Christmas Meadows, Hayden Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018