Trip Report: Backpacking the Uinta Highline Trail, July 2018

DuneElliot

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Prologue

I left Casper and covered 100 miles before camping for the night north of Rawlins, avoiding all the major thunderstorms that threatened the area. I covered the last 200 miles the following day and met up with Shan, my “shuttle” at the turn off for the Red Cloud Loop north of Vernal, UT. He arrived earlier than expected; I was just finishing lunch and nowhere near ready. I hate feeling rushed, even if I’m not actually being rushed…I always forget something. We switched vehicles and gave each other a run down of the ins and outs of the each other’s vehicle. Shan was heading up to the Hacking Lake/ Leidy Peak TH and would be hiking west from there. I was driving his car to the west end and leaving it at the Highline Trail trailhead on SH150, and would be hiking east. It was a good plan.

I headed south, through Vernal and Duschene and got nailed by some torrential rain. The Lexus hybrid was definitely different to drive. I met up with a friend for dinner in Heber City, another final farewell (there seem to be a lot of those lately), before covering the last 50 miles to the trailhead. I had planned on covering a few miles but it was cold and still threatening to storm so I pulled out my pad and quilt and spent a very uncomfortable night in the car.

Day 1: Highline Trail Trailhead to Rock Creek

Monday dawned clear and blue and I quickly packed up, made final use of real privies and hit the trail by 9am. For a long time there was very little to write home about as the trail stayed mostly in the trees, passing turn-offs to lakes and basins either high or low. We passed several other groups coming the other way, including some solo hikers and others with loose dogs (and only two out of five kept control of their animals…it gets old, especially without even an attempt or a care, and barely an apology).

As we took a break after an hour of hiking we were passed by a very large, very noisy group of day hikers…there must have been twenty of them. They were all polite though and I ran into a couple of them a few miles further up as they were resting…they were astounded that I was planning to be in the wilderness solo for seven days with the dogs and insisted on taking our picture…they were very sweet and I obliged.

Part 1 continues here:
https://nomadicpawprints.wordpress....ng-the-uinta-highline-trail-july-2018-part-1/

Part 2:
https://nomadicpawprints.wordpress....ng-the-uinta-highline-trail-july-2018-part-2/

Part 3:
https://nomadicpawprints.wordpress....ng-the-uinta-highline-trail-july-2018-part-3/
 

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Just finished reading your great trip report. It was so fun revisiting the trip that my brother and I took doing the UHT but in the opposite direction. Epic trip no matter the direction! Thanks for sharing, it made my day.
 

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Enjoyed reading your trip - nice to know there are others out there who go for days backpacking solo with their dogs. :) I have yet to go from one end of the range to the other, but plan to do so this summer. I must say I loved the color or your Osprey Backpack (I'm a bit OCD with backpacks, lol)!
Interesting how you were dodging storms in that range last summer: I was backpacking in the range once in June, and twice in July and rarely had a raindrop.
 

DuneElliot

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Enjoyed reading your trip - nice to know there are others out there who go for days backpacking solo with their dogs. :) I have yet to go from one end of the range to the other, but plan to do so this summer. I must say I loved the color or your Osprey Backpack (I'm a bit OCD with backpacks, lol)!
Interesting how you were dodging storms in that range last summer: I was backpacking in the range once in June, and twice in July and rarely had a raindrop.

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Ironically I actually hate the color of the Osprey. When I ordered it looked a lot darker...more burgundy, which I like. I don't care much for brighter reds. I only bought it because my other pack was in for repair...it will likely not get used again except as a loaner pack.

I'm just thankful I was dodging the storms and didn't get hit with one while hiking until the end.
 

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I read your report on your blog last week.
Good stuff. Thanks for all the insights.

What's the road like to the Leidy Peak trail head?
 

DuneElliot

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I read your report on your blog last week.
Good stuff. Thanks for all the insights.

What's the road like to the Leidy Peak trail head?

Thank you

Doable in a 2WD car...or it was in July. Not bad at all. Just long.
 
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