This was the third year my brother, Andrew, and I decided to go for an approximately week-long hike, the week before Labor Day Weekend.
After researching many options we decided that Uinta Highline Trail would be a great option.
We had read that the Uinta Mountains include some of the most contiguous above treeline terrain in the lower 48. We were able to find a few trip reports, but the trail appeared to be lightly traveled.
Here is a map with the gps track from our Inreach.
Here are helpful resources to help plan a hike on the Highline Trail:
PMags trip report and trail info
Backpacker Magazine article
Youtube daily video series
Ultimate Uintas Traverse-ideas for alternate routes and a great caltopo map
The biggest logistical challenge is coordinating a ride from one end of the trail to the other. We used Wilkins Bus Lines.
One consideration with the Highline Trail is that most people don't understand the distance of the entire trail. Officially the entire trail is between Hayden Pass and Highway 191 (~105 miles). Many people aren't aware that the trail continues east of the Leidy Peak Trailhead. We decided to hike the entire trail with a few alternates from east to west. The eastern section wasn't as dramatic but still gave us a perspective of the Uintas and as we progressed west the dramatic scenery did as well. Now that I've finished the hike I wonder if possibly forming a large loop might be more scenic and easier logistically, but it was still worthwhile to hike the entire trail.
See below for daily trip reports:
Day One: Highway 191 to East Park Reservoir
Day Two: East Park Reservoir to Summit Park
Day Three: Summit Park to Chepeta Lake
Day Four: Chepeta Lake to Bowden Lake
Day Five: Bowden Lake to Yellowstone Creek
Day Six: Yellowstone Creek to Lake Fork River
Day Seven: Lake Fork River to Triangle Lake
Day Eight: Triangle Lake to Brooks Lake
Day Nine: Brooks Lake to Hayden Pass Trailhead