A modest handful of high-rise buildings lends man-made shape to Salt Lake City's skyline, the mountains behind hinting at the outdoors-oriented haven this flourishing urban center really is behind the show of church and state.
Stillwater Fork Trail is a broad, fairly level trail which is generally in good condition (except for a few large mudholes). It rises gently through meadows of grass and wildflowers as well as stands of lodgepole pine. From the first trail junction you will have a moderate climb over a well marked trail until you get up into the more level terrain in the upper Basin. A hike through these upper meadows and to Ryder and McPheters Lakes offers some beautiful vistas of craggy peaks and classic alpine scenery. Ryder and McPheters Lakes cover about 25 acres each and are located in glacial cirques with the Uinta Crest right above and to the south.
Along Highway 150 about 49 miles northeast of Kamas
8 miles oneway
3 to 5 hours
June to October
USGS map: Christmas Meadow and Hayden Park
Camping at the trailhead
Small parking area, Horse ramp available. The trailhead is well marked and signed. Parking is available but may fill up on summer weekends.
Roughly 49 miles northeast out of Kamas on Highway 150 ( 1/2 mile south of the Bear River Ranger Station) turn east on to the Christmas Meadows Road and follow this well-graded dirt road 4 miles to the trailhead adjacent to Christmas Meadows Campground.
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