Uinta Highline Trail

  • Distance: 60 miles
  • Time: 1 week
  • Elevation gain: 12,000 feet
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Overall: 9
  • Reference: Northeastern Utah, in the Uinta Mountains.
  • User Groups: Hikers, dogs, horses. No wheelchair access.
  • Permits: No permits are required. Parking and access are free.

Trail Map

Directions

From Vernal, UT, drive north on US 191 approximately 20 miles. Turn west on Forest Service Road 018, and follow this road for about 13½ miles. Turn north on Forest Service Road 043 for about ten miles to where it ends at the trailhead.

Maps

Trails Illustrated's High Uintas Wilderness. For USGS topographic maps, ask for--east to west--Leidy Peak, Whiterocks Lake, Chepeta Lake, Fox Lake, Kings Peak, Mount Powell, Mount Lovenia, Red Knob, Explorer Peak, Hayden Peak, and Mirror Lake.

Contact

Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Forest Supervisor, 8230 Federal Building, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84138; (801) 524-5030. Ashley National Forest, Forest Supervisor, 355 North Vernal Avenue, Vernal, UT 84078; (435) 789-1181.

Trail Notes

Simply stated, this is not only the great mountain trail of Utah, it's one of the best in the nation. It can begin at Leidy Peak on the east end, the trailhead described above, or at Mirror Lake on State Route 150 on the west end. It travels more than 60 miles, almost always above 10,000 feet, and almost always above timberline, along the crest of the High Uintas. It crosses the east-west extent of the High Uintas Wilderness. What hikers see is the very best of alpine and subalpine Utah. The Highline Trail can be taken in bit-size pieces by going up numerous drainages that contain side trails, hiking a portion of the Highline, and dropping down another drainage. But an end to end hike has massive appeal for someone willing to do the planning and preparation.

Information courtesy of Buck Tilton, author of Utah Hiking.

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