Ryder and McPheters Lakes

Evanston, Wyoming

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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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Hiking Utah's High Uintas

by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman (Falcon Guides)

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.

© 2016 Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Evanston
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 11 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 8,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,600 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Christmas Meadows, Hayden Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Ryder and McPheters Lakes

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