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Uinta Highline Trail, UT

Two Week Trip

Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2022 -- $1925 ★★★★, YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP YET AS DETAILS ARE NOT FINAL

The Uinta Highline Trail is a spectacular 104 mile hike that spends most of its time above 11,000'. Because so much of it is above tree line, there are often unobstructed views of this expansive Alpine landscape. As an added bonus, we will summit Kings Peak. At 13,528' it is the highest point in the State of Utah, so take note peak-baggers.


This is the first time Fitpacking is offering this trip and we expect it to be epic. This is the trip that Fitpacking founder Steve is most looking forward to in 2022.


Our trek begins at the McKee Draw Trailhead just off of US-191 just 30 miles from the immense metropolis of Vernal, Utah.. We will hike Eastward for 12 days, obtaining a food resupply at the end of the 5th day. Continuing Eastbound, we will summit Kings Peak, the highest point in Utah and 12,700' Anderson Pass, the highest point on the trail. Eventually, we'll end the trek near Mirror Lake (Hayden Pass) having thru-hiked the Uinta Highline Trail and traversed over 100 miles through the wilderness.


Here is a topographic map of our proposed route.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. Summer thunderstorms can bring rain and hail can happen at any time along with violent thunder and lightning. That said, August is really the best month to hike this trail.



Probable Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Chris Frey


Cost

$1925 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Salt Lake City, personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, backcountry fees, 12 days of trail meals purchased and prepared by guides, ground transportation, backcountry permits and 2 awesome guides.



Difficulty

The length and elevation of The Uinta Highline Trail makes this trek one of our most difficult offerings. Elevation gain and loss may be as high as 2000' on any given day, although it will typically be less. The mileages are fairly high for the typical Fitpacking trip -- mostly between 8 and 11 but as much as 14.3. However, there will be plenty of daylight which gives us a good amount of time to complete our daily mileage and hopefully relax in camp.


Please be aware that we will have to ford rivers (some cold and/or deep), so make sure to bring sturdy camp shoes and trekking poles to help you cross these rivers without issue. Crocs can work but are not recommended for this particular trip.



Important Notes


If you would like to fish, there may be time at some campsites to do so. However, you must purchase a fishing license from the State of Utah. Fitpacking does not have a permit to guide a fishing expedition so you will be doing so on your own and at your own risk (we have to say this).


Fitpacking prohibits firearms on this (and all) trips. However, you may bring bear spray (pepper spray) as we may encounter black bears. You will not be able to fly with bear spray however. You may be able to buy or rent it in Salt Lake City


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Itinerary


Monday, August 1, 2022

Drive or fly into Salt Lake City Airport (SLC). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if arriving an hour or 2 earlier or later saves a lot of money, then do so..


Take a free airport shuttle to our local hotel TBD


Equipment shakedown


"Before" measurements taken


Build-your-own trailmix. We lay out over 20 trail mix ingredients and you make your own from them. If there's an item we're unlikely to provide, say cinnamon red-hots, feel free to bring them.


Go to REI Salt Lake, 3285 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109, (801) 486-2100 for last minute or forgotten equipment. Open until 6PM.


Go out for a group dinner (not included in trip cost)




Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Second set of "before" measurements taken


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.


Either free Hotel Breakfast or we will provide a continental breakfast


Shuttle to McKee Draw along US-191 (about 4 hours)


Begin Hiking, elevation 8200'.


Hike 4.3 uphill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to the East Park Reservoir, elevation 9025'


Camp on the shores of the East Park Reservoir, elevation 9025'


Miles today: 4.3. Total miles: 4.3


Possible Bailout: US-191.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Hike 7.8 primarily uphill miles to Cub Creek, elevation 9950'


Camp near Cub Creek, elevation 9950'


Miles today: 7.8. Total miles: 12.1


Possible bailout: Forest Service Road 678


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Hike 6.5 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to a local maxima, elevation 10,400'.


Hike 1.7 steep downhill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to an unnamed water source, elevation 9850'


Camp at unnamed water source, elevation 9850'


Miles today: 8.2. Total miles: 20.3


Possible bailout: Forest Road 025 or 038


Friday, August 5, 2022

Hike 10.7 mostly uphill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail over 11,700' to Deadman Lake, elevation 11,000'.


Camp at Deadman Lake, elevation 11,000'


Miles today: 10.7. Total miles: 31.0


Possible bailout: Forest Service Road 043


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Hike 6.5 miles up and over 11,400' to Chepeta Dam Trailhead, elevation 10,470'


Food for the rest of the hike will be cached here for us to pick up and carry the rest of the way


Hike 0.8 miles to Chepeta Lake, elevation 10,560'


Camp at Chepeta Lake, elevation 10,560'


Miles today: 7.3. Total miles: 38.3


Possible bailout: Forest Road 110


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Hike 6.0 uphill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to North Pole Pass, elevation 12,260'


Hike 3.9 downhill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Shale Creek, elevation 10,690'


Camp at Shale Creek, elevation 10,690'


Miles today: 9.9. Total miles: 48.2


Possible bailout: 1 day away


Monday, August 8, 2022

Hike 10.1 miles over 11,175' on the Uinta Highline Trail to the Uinta River, elevation 11,035'


Camp at the Uinta River, elevation 11,035'


Miles today: 10.1. Total miles: 58.3


Possible bailout: 2 days away


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Hike 3.9 uphill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Anderson Pass, elevation 12,700'


Hike 1.4 round-trip miles to the summit of Kings Peak, the highest point in Utah, elevation 13,528'


Hike 2.9 downhill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Yellowstone Creek, elevation 11,025'


Camp at Yellowstone Creek, elevation 11,025'


Miles today: 8.2. Total miles: 66.5


Possible bailout: 2 days away


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Today is our longest day of the trip


Hike 14.3 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail up and over 12,229' Porcupine Pass to Lake Fork River, elevation 10.450'


Camp at Lake Fork River, elevation 10.450'


Miles today: 14.3. Total miles: 80.8


Possible bailout: 2 days away


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Hike 3.3 uphill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to the Red Knob Pass, elevation 12,017'.


Hike 4.0 miles (2.3 down, 1.7 up) on the Uinta Highline Trail to Dead Horse Pass, elevation 11,600'.


Hike 1.6 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Ledge Lake, elevation 10,850'


Camp at Ledge Lake, elevation 10,850'


Miles today: 8.9. Total miles: 89.7


Possible bailout: 2 days away


Friday, August 12, 2022

Hike 3.9 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Rock Creek, elevation 9,850'


Hike 3.0 uphill miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Rocky Sea Pass, elevation 11,288'


Hike 1.8 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Carolyn Lake, elevation 10,490'


Miles today: 8.7. Total miles: 98.4


Possible bailout: 1 day away


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Hike 6.6 miles on the Uinta Highline Trail to Hayden Pass Trailhead, elevation 10,375'


Miles today: 6.6. Total miles: 105.0


End of hiking


Shuttle back to Salt Lake City. Check back into local hotel TBD


Your stuff will either be here or be transported here shortly after we arrive


After measurements taken


Celebratory Dinner (not included in trip cost) and awards ceremony


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Take free airport shuttle to the airport.


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