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Elevation: 10,500'
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High in the Uintas, Ruth Lake offers steep routes with the odd roof. Mainly shady, pick this location for the hottest of days.

Getting There 

Park just before or at Mile Marker 35. Hike east along the trail from the lower parking lot. 100 yards after the "Haymakers and Hibernators" sign, take a small trail to the left, to access the cliffs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 15.6 miles from here

64 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ruth Lake:
Crescent Moon   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Last Stand Wall
Peyote Trip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   Last Stand Wall
Peace Treaty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Good Medicine Area
Sacred Hoop   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Good Medicine Area
Black Elk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Good Medicine Area
Don't Question Me or I'll Kill You Right Now   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Assassin Wall
Sweat Lodge   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Last Stand Wall
The Legend   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Good Medicine Area
The Bear Dance   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Good Medicine Area
Wounded Knee   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 65'   Good Medicine Area
Scalp Fest   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   Last Stand Wall
Rain Dance   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Warrior Wall
Moon Stone   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Good Medicine Area
Dream Catcher   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Good Medicine Area
Forgotten Warrior   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 55'   Good Medicine Area
Wind Walker   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Good Medicine Area
Dog Man   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Warrior Wall
Good Medicine   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Good Medicine Area
Warrior Without a Cause   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Warrior Wall
Ghost Dance   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 40'   Good Medicine Area
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Featured Route For Ruth Lake
Rich working the crimps on MOON STONE 11b

Moon Stone 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : Good Medicine Area
This climb is awesome. Awkward first bolt on slopers and pinches leads to jugs to a little inverted face climbing. Go up through a small chimney and traverse right over the roof. Then get ready for 5 bolts of dead vertical slightly overhung crimpfest. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Ruth Lake Slideshow Add Photo
Awwww such a beautiful view from the top of the cl...
Awwww such a beautiful view from the top of the cl...
Even the doggies love the lake!
Even the doggies love the lake!
this is the good medicine wall
BETA PHOTO: this is the good medicine wall
7 a.m. at ruth lake
7 a.m. at ruth lake
Ruth Lake 7.25.07 Looking toward walls
Ruth Lake 7.25.07 Looking toward walls
Ruth lake & wall
Ruth lake & wall
Pano with walls labeled
BETA PHOTO: Pano with walls labeled

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By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Jul 22, 2006
Thanks to the Salt Lake Climbers' Alliance and the Access Fund Adopt-A-Crag, there are now large cairns and trail improvements leading to several of the area's climbing walls, and belay ledges along the steep talus slope on the West side of the Good Medicine Wall. Please stay on the designated trails to reduce impact and erosion, especially around the loose talus slopes and vegetated areas.
By Talia
From: SLC, UT
Aug 19, 2007
most of the cairns are knocked over but still distinguishable. Kudos for the work! Looks great! West side of good medicine is still a mess with dogs and little children making for some dangerous rock falls...
By Bad Sock Puppet
Jul 26, 2008
Although I prefer bouldering and sport, I was quite disappointed when I didn't bring my trad gear as no guides seemed to list more than one or two possible trad routes. Contrary to this there are a number of cracks that offer plenty of gear placement. Mostly 1/2" to 2 1/2" wide. Would be a good idea to bring a good supply of runners.
By Blake Summers
From: Park City, Utah
Aug 21, 2012
Huge thanks to SLCA, Acess Fund's Conservation team, and American Alpine Club for all the hard work done around Good Medicine Wall!!! The new stairs will provide safe access to the West side routes of GMW for generations!! The "C"- team put in some serious OT on this one! and thanks to Julia Geisler(ED SLCA) for bringing it home to the Uintas!!
By darrell hodges
Aug 26, 2012
The stone staircase on the right side of Good Medicine Wall is VERY nicely done, a big improvement to the area. It looks like a lot of hard work. Thanks SLCA.
By JeffL
From: Salt Lake City
Aug 10, 2014
The approach beta is slightly off. Hike west, not east from the parking lot. It's the same major trail as the Ruth lake hiking trail. There is a wooden sign that says "climbing" where you leave the main trail.

Also, the routes are bolted but almost all of them would go on gear. Bring a rack of nuts, tricams, and small camalots if you're into mixing things up a bit.
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