hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

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

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.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

Wonderful.

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

Definitely the toughest trail I've done so far out in the Ashley forest/high uintas, but well worth the trek. As previous reviewers have mentioned, this trail has serious elevation gains. People who have little experience at elevation should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. I originally attempted the trail in May, but only made it about halfway up as I started feeling dizzy and sluggish. Having experienced altitude sickness before, I knew I wasn't prepared. I completed the hike on July 7, 2018. It took me just about 9.5 hours from start to finish. I love the middle section, past the switchbacks and before the lakes. Everything was lush and green even in this dry season, plenty of wildflowers too! You can also see how far you've climbed, which is insane. I would have preferred to have been capable to see the lakes in May, as I'm sure the trail was less buggy earlier in the season. The trail is really rocky. However, all in all, it was great!

hiking
Fri Jul 06 2018

While I haven't finished all of this trail, I have done the Eastern section that most people forget about. From East Park Reservoir to a little beyone Leidy Peak, there is not a lot of water to be had directly along the trail. I was able to find a trickle (almost a small stream) through Manila Park, and Summit Park was pretty soggy, but that was it. For that reason, I would recommend a couple 1 liter water bottles and a 2 or 3 liter bladder to get through this section. As far as the scenery, it was beautiful! Thick forest, wide open parks, amazing views with Flaming Gorge in the distance. The trail can be hard to follow in a few areas partially due to dirt roads that interweave the area and lack of foot traffic (which is actually nice if you prefer solitude). Bringing a good map and a gps track of the trail, as well as keeping a close eye out for cairns, blazes, and other trial markers will help. I'm giving this section of trail 4 stars instead of 5 due simply to the lack of water along the trail and route finding difficulties. I'm hoping to do the whole trail this fall and will post another review at that time if I do.

hiking
Wed Jul 04 2018

Did it last year, but started in Vernal instead and added that to the whole thing. We did it in 8 days. Spent day 2 and most of day 3 lost and all the water dried up in that part since last year was so dry. It's a grind, bring plenty of cigarettes.

Sun Jun 17 2018

amazing i did this hike from leadie peak off of highway 40. came out on Mirror Lake Highway we did this whole entire trip in 8 days could have done it in 5 Kings Peak was great that was day 5 we need to see anybody until we got to Kings Peak backpacking fly rod fishing was amazing. they were so good to eat refreshing in you. drinking from the mountains is great do you have to use a filter porcupine pass was really tough and dead horse pass and Rocky sea pass or a couple other ones that were tough North Pole pass actually you were snowed on and rained mixed with thunder and lightning very scary at times because you're the tallest things up there Red Mountain Pass was beautiful and amazing this backpacking trip is definitely one you should have on your bucket list for me it was everything and more once I reach destination I realize I was just getting warmed up and the Pacific Crest Trail is in my sights next then after that maybe the 80 but for now I'm going to go conquer Frank Church the Wilderness of no return.

backpacking
Fri Jun 01 2018

Let us be honest here...this is NOT a moderate trail that you can just show up to and expect you and the kids to complete or even get through. I am not sure of the other posters here, or why this is even in the moderate category to be honest. I see trails on here that I can park on pavement on the edge of SLC, complete in a day or less that are less straining than my treadmill, and they are considered moderate or advanced? Sorry folks I have been doing this trail for years, multiple times a year in fact, including winter.... and between the elevation, terrain, and weather, if you have never hiked the backcountry, this is NOT the trail for you without experience. THIS IS AN ADVANCED trail. Please please please, if you are posting on this site, please give your experience level so it is not misleading to those that are just starting. This trail may be moderate to you because you have been backpacking for years, but may kill someone if all information is not given. This is one of the reasons why people just starting or with moderate experience wind up on the news being rescued because they thought they were only going for a moderate hike, etc...smh All that said, I am an advanced Backpacker/hiker of 25 years, and this is the Ultimate hike/backpacking experience in Utah without a doubt! High elevation, beautiful scenery and solitude...be ready to take your time and spend a week or two just feeding your soul! This is not a hike for the weekend warrior, in fact it can take a couple weeks if you do the whole thing and really enjoy it! Very good hike/backpacking trail to recharge your batteries! This trail also scales in difficulty with the seasons to always provide the challenge one is looking for! Before taking on this trail, make sure you research it thoroughly, as well as altitude sickness, and what flora and fauna you can find just to be safe!. Also, make sure you have basic survival skills, a way to navigate and communicate if needed, etc. If you do not plan your days right, you can wind up in areas of the trail that are not human-friendly at the worst times and on this trail could be life or death. Same goes for if you get injured and dont know how to treat yourself. If you do your research and plan accordingly, you can enjoy mountain camping, fresh water and a bit of fishing every night to finish your day in one of the most secluded and untouched areas of the United states. Please be cautious and do your homework though!!!! I cant stress this enough! This is a very demanding trail, but one that will leave you with lifelong memories if you play your cards right!.

backpacking
Tue May 29 2018

Me and my mom hiked this trail in August of 2017. We completed 50 miles of it from mirror lake to moon lake in 5 days. Prepare for cold nights and light rain during the day. Some pretty amazing thunder storms during the night. One of the best experiences of my life. Two very difficult passes to get over but other than that it was moderately difficult.

backpacking
Tue Mar 13 2018

Did this hike on 4th of July Weekend 2017. The first 4 miles follows the Uintah River and is beautiful. Tons of trees, few good fishing spots, very nice easy hiking. From Sheep's Bridge you start switchbacks for 4-5 miles. They suck. You feel like you'll never get out. After that you'll cross Krebs Creek. From there I think it's only another 2 miles to the Lower Chain lake. We camped here for 2 days, did lots of fishing and exploring. The hike in took us 7 hours, back took us 4. We'll be going back this year to go all the way to King's. Should be fun

on Highline Trail

backpacking
Sun Jan 07 2018

My son and I along with his friend Isaac hiked the trail in 2016. Here is a video clip from our hike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXplSAsahD8 Pack light and take sun screen, fishing pole, water bottle that purifies and, take the InReach Explorer for communicating and GPS. With it I was able to communicate with my wife by email and it tracked our course every 20 minutes and posted it on Facebook for those that wanted to follow us on the map.

backpacking
Wed Aug 30 2017

We hiked this trail the first week in August with 7 young men. Beautiful scenery and fun fishing. Spent most of our time at lake 1 and lake 3. However, one of our boys began experiencing nausea and then headache. When we realized he had attitude sickness, we made efforts to get him out, but just a few hours later he passed away on the mountain, just below lake 1. Wished we would have been more knowledgeable of the illness and the threats. I'd encourage all groups to educate themselves on the symptoms of altitude sickness and discuss it in advance with their group. Also take a pulse oximeter. And finally have some sort of satellite communication device. Your preparation may save your life or that of a member of your group or another you encounter in this beautiful terrain. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/altitude-sickness-topic-overview

Fri Jul 21 2017

I had the opportunity to hike through painters basin from whiterocks, and then up the pass to Lake Atwood, and then up a steep rocky pass to the chain lakes, and then back down the Uinta river drainage. Coming out that way due to the steep switchbacks, I swore that I'd NEVER hike up to the chain lakes or lake Atwood from the Uinta river trailhead because it is one of the toughest and steepest switchback trails in the uintas. 10 years later, I'm now contemplating going up this route ;) because it was so amazing, very few people, and awesome fishing. normbagley@gmail.com

backpacking
Wed Jul 12 2017

Hiking the Highline Trail is becoming my annual tradition. Started this hike last Saturday and ended up hiking out Tuesday out of Henry's Fork because of bad lightning/thunder conditions. This trail is beautiful and the scenery is just breathtaking. If you like to fly fish, I would highly recommend this Trail because of all the lakes along the way. I rate this Trail as moderate with a couple hard sections (Anderson Pass and a quick detour to Kings Peak).

backpacking
Sat Jul 01 2017

This is an update from a couple years ago. Great fishing. Brother's fishing rod fell apart on the way up and still caught a fish with fishing line and power bait alone. We were catching some many so quickly it was the best fishing I've experienced. Great camp sites. Perfect for hammock camping if you wish. Hike is moderate to hard at times. Takes you through a small marsh as well. Kept a secret for this long. Enjoy!!!

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