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Uinta Highline Trail 2017

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
Trailgroove Article
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

1 comment:

  1. I love your information and trip reports. I'm also glad you love the Uintas. You might also like to join the High Uinta Lovers page at Facebook. If I can post a link here, here it is:


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I've been born and raised in the great state of Michigan. I recently graduated from physical therapy school. I enjoy being active, playing sports, and running. Backpacking has become a great interest as it is a physical challenge that provides many rewarding views and experiences. I strive to make a difference in the lives of those encounter in every day life, on the trail, or even just on this blog. May God bless each of you. Now go find an adventure! It's only a few feet away!