great hike very beautiful.

Lovely, shaded trail by dry rocky creek. Markers for mileage along the way. Paved road access. We started at the lower end; nice picnic table across the bridge. Some litter unfortunately. Lovely bird song along the trail. Stopped first at McConkie petroglyphs, which was a truly difficult scramble on rocky terrain. This trail was a cakewalk after that.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best multiday hikes i’ve ever done! A hidden gem

Beautiful hike, great scenery. Lots of snow still on the trail especially in the last mile, had to divert to the road.

Beautiful hike, lots of scenery. A lot of snow still on the trail especially in the last mile, had to divert to the road.

camping
off trail
2 months ago

Definitely not a “beginner” through-hike. This has been the best hike I’ve ever done. It was tough, but worth it. Weather CONSTANTLY changes on a seemingly hour basis. We had blazing sun, the rain, then snow, then hail, in about a 2-hour span. It’s more open terrain so prepare for direct sunlight most of the hike. You won’t see many people on most of the trail, with the exception of gunsight pass (splits Henry fork trailhead and kings peak). Doing it again for sure.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail in 5 days in 2018 with 3 of my kids. Went east to west. Might skip the first 16 miles next time.

backpacking
bugs
rocky
snow
7 months ago

Great hike, did about 50 miles last year. Prepare for cold weather, there was snow on Rocky Sea Pass even into August. Very rewarding and demanding trip.

Easy trail to a beautiful location. Great for a quick overnight out and back backpacking trip.

Love this hike. To the Southwest of Chipeta always plan on walking through a meadow area that is covered with 12-18 inches of water. You can do this barefoot to save your boots but please be mindful of rocks and sticks. Plan on having mosquito repellent as they are horrendous through this area. I have always seen a moose or a few at lower Reader Lake. When you come to the fork in the trail the Cairns can be difficult to spot and the vegetation is overgrown. I like to add a rock tot he Cairns as I pass by to help others with finding them. Plenty of water to filter along the way. Fishing is great at Chipeta and the day use area does get busy from Thursday - Sunday so if you want quite plan for a Monday hike.

hiking
10 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

Incredible. Dense pines, passing briefly through a forest fire burn after about two miles, wild flowers, 23 bridge crossings, two large river crossings over logs or fallen trees, and best of all, after about 9 miles, Pidgeon Milk Springs, the best clean water you'll ever taste. Rocky. Not too steep. The Highline Trail leads many hikers into Naturalist basin and further into Upper Rock Creek Basin. Lots of mosquitos in July as you get about 6 miles in.

hiking
10 months ago

Just back after hiking from Chepeta to Mirror Lake in 4 days (7/22-25/19). Oh, this is gorgeous country! Took hundreds of photos. Saw a massive herd of elk, several moose, some goats, many deer, no bears. And lots of mosquitoes but DEET worked incredibly well for me. The trails were often wet and soggy, but snow is mostly gone - really only a problem over Deadhorse pass, and even there no spikes or ax required. Cairns are a wonderful thing, but the trail was occasionally hard to follow because it was washed out - be sure to have GPS available!

backpacking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
10 months ago

Simply Amazing!!!! Trip date was from July 19-23, 2019. This trip was one of the hardest but most rewarding backpacking trips that I have ever been on. The trail was beautiful in many ways and has something to offer for just about everyone. It took plenty of endurance and willpower to complete the trip in the 5 days and 4 nights that I spent on the trail. This is not a trail for a first time backpacker or somebody that is not in shape. When I do this trip again I will spend extra time on the trail to shorten your miles per day and enjoy more of the scenery, wildlife, and fishing that this trail offers. Due to limited battery power on my phone, Garmin GPS InReach Explorer+, and my battery bank, I had to shut off the Alltrails record option. This was due to the length of the trip and the battery drain that was happening to my phone in record mode. The most rewarding views were the view of Fox Lake from North Pole Pass and the view of Dead Horse Lake from Red Knob Pass. Absolutely stunning!!! The fishing at Kidney Lakes was also amazing!! Great trip and I highly recommend it. Just be careful on the trail ascending and descending the many passes. Depending on the snow conditions these can prove treacherous as they were for me this early in the year. Enjoy and be safe! I documented the whole trip and will post a series of videos on Youtube to highlight the trip. Videos will be posted here when uploaded and available. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLur7Nx5I7sMMPt9u-gqsiIXQfCKaq8CpM

Hiked 3 miles of this trail (lower part of trail). Awesome scenery. Water is moving pretty quick right now. Bring bug spray!!! There were a lot of bugs. This trail has a few different spots to park so you can start mid trail if you choose and break it up into smaller hikes. This also allows you to hike the trainl one way if you take two vehicles. Great for hiking or trail running. Also great for all ages.

rocky
11 months ago

Great hike, wear ankle support boots for this trail, bring a pole. we caught a couple hybrid trout at the lake. be careful not to park on the campground property, the campground manager is extremely rude.

Amazing trail! Beautiful scenery and a lovely view of the canyon. Easy hike and picnic table and areas along the way. Would definitely do it again.

Mon Oct 29 2018

We camped at Five-Point Lake the first night of a backpacking trip to King's Peak. The terrain was rocky with a good mix of open meadows and trees. We had streams and ponds the entire way. Mosquitoes got worse the higher we went. I heard a few bighting flies but none of us were ever bit by one. We all had good bug spray with DEET and still got mosquito bites. Tracked elevation gain was not a good measure of the steepness because there were significant gains and drops in elevation throughout the hike. We stored our food and packs away from our tents because we had seen bear sign. Something did get into our trash during the night. We had curious deer wander through our camp multiple times. There was one other group camped at the lake that we could see. We passed two groups on the trail, a scout group who had summited King's Peak and a family group who was just camping and fishing all the stellar lakes.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Very rocky trail around lakes

Loved it. If you have a high clearance vehicle you can drive all the way to echo lake. No bugs this time of year and it really wasn't that cold at night. Only saw two other small groups up there. Highly recommend. My only regret is not cutting out more time to fish!

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

This is a fantastic hike. We only had time to go about 2 miles in. We saw birds, deer, squirrels and chipmunks. We took our 7 year old and she was fine for this portion of the trail. I would consider this a technical hike due to the rocky terrain and the horse crap. Over all this was a great hike with great views.

Short easy hike but rocky trail as you get closer to lakes. We caught a couple good sized Tiger Trout at the end of August in Tamarack lake.

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