Highline Trail

HARD 2 reviews
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Highline Trail is a 106.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dutch John, Utah that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until September.

DISTANCE
106.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
18,369 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

120 mile hike through the Utah, High Uintas Wilderness area. This is officially trail 025 complete. Includes nine passes.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017