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UPDATE ON HIGH UINTAS & BACKPACKING

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With information on the thaw, snow depths on Bald Mountain Pass, Opening of key roads, and Passes, etc.
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UPDATE - Friday, June 23, 2017
The following report was sent to me a few days ago from the Forest Service:
Hi Cordell: 
The road to the Grandview Trail Head will remain closed through the rest of June and possibly early July due to the ongoing timber sale.
I have a ranger that is checking on the trail that leads from Rock Creek (trail 073 junctions with 078/076) to the Granddaddy Basin as a backup route, I should know more by the end of this week.
And as general information, anyone hiking the trails in the Wilderness can expect trees across the trails, extremely high river crossings (they should not be attempted to cross) and above 10,000 ft. large and deep snow drifts.
If anyone needs further information they can contact the Duchesne Ranger District at 435-738-2482 and we can provide them with the latest information.
Thanks,
Jeff
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Jeff Mitchell
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Ashley National Forest, Duchesne Ranger District
85 West Main, P.O. Box 981
Duchesne, UT 84021
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Today, June 23rd, just talked to Jeff who reports:
THE GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD:  At the earliest it will be open to the public by the end of next week, or let's say, Saturday, July 1st.
LAKE FORK/MOON LAKE TRAILHEAD:  the trail is open up into the Brown Duck Basin, Tworoose Pass, etc.
UINTA RIVER TRAILHEAD: Apparently it is possible to get up to the Fox Lake area, etc.  I don't remember him mentioning the Atwood Trail.
ROCK CREEK TRAILHEAD:  Area not recommended yet as river crossings are high and dangerous.  The "La Marla Lake Trail" up into the Grandaddy Basin is being checked out by a Wilderness Ranger.  I will update when getting info.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC AREAS, CALL JEFF AT THE FS.
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MY PLANS:
Due to urgent work I still have to do for the GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION, & with my family, my backpacking will begin--if all goes well--by driving to the Grandview Trailhead on Friday, June 30th, sleep in my car to begin the necessary process (for this old guy in his 82nd year) of acclimatization, and hopefully on Saturday, July 1st--if getting to the Grandview Trailhead is possible, early around 6:15-25,   air my report on KSL OUTDOORS RADIO--using the satelitte phone from SKYCALL SATELLITE, then  head up the Grandaddy Trail.  I will update all of this on Friday morning June 30th, and include the link for my
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MY WARM-UP  BACKPACKS TENTATIVELY ARE:
1.  GRANDADDIES:  down past Lost & Powell Lakes, to pick up two missed, RANGE & JEFF  LAKES & if all goes well,  swing up to Pine Island Lake, and back past Fish Hatchery, Betsy & Grandaddy Lakes:   30+ miles, 4 days. NOTE: Date depending on conditions  in June, in other words, the thaw.

2.  MIDDLE FORK BEAVER CREEK:  Will explore Beaver, Coffin & other lakes, & will climb Thompson Pass, leaving 2 passes to go to achieve all 22 in the Wilderness.  30 miles 5 days.

3.  FROM EAST FORK OF BLACKS FORK TRAILHEAD:  To Little East Fork of Blacks Fork and   UPPER ALPINE/ABOVE TIMBERLINE LAKES.  20 miles, 4 days.

4.  TWOROOSE PASS (with which only North Pole Pass remains) from the Lake Fork Trailhead up to the  Brown Duck Basin, Pass, & lakes.  35 miles, 6 days.

All of this is in preparation for doing the entire HIGHLINE TRAIL, from near Flaming Gorge to Mirror Lake, in August.
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2017 HIGH UINTAS OPENING - MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY OPENING - GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD & GATEWAY to the GRANDADDIES

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Daily Update: MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY --

--GLITCH SOLVED -- SPINE BEEFED UP --

-- THE HIGHLINE TRAIL -- PROPOSED BACKPACKS FOR 2017--

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KEY AREAS OF THE HIGH UINTAS,  STATIONS REPORTING - 0-" of snow, they are:
Brown Duck (10,572 ft.), Lake Fork Basin, Five Points Lake (10,911), Chepita (12,120 ft.), Hewinta Guard Station (9,495 ft.), Henrys Fork (10,180 ft.) 
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HIGH UINTA CRITICAL PASSES OPENING
GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD ..."Gateway to the Grandaddies" UPDATE Monday June 19
Just talked to Jeff at the Duchesne Ranger Station who reports that the gate is still locked and closed to backpackers/horsemen due to the timber sale, and won't be open until approximately the end of the month--he will email me and let me know when open, and I'll immediately report it here.  
In the meantime, get some exercise to be in shape, as I'm doing now in my 82nd year, with a daily mini-hike with backpack, today with 51 lbs. of load, & also  boots that  are 7 oz. each heavier than the ones I'll use backpacking--once again helping my body be stronger than otherwise might be the case.
NOTE:  If you don't think 7 oz. per step less  is important, consider the following:  In 10 miles it adds up to 8,750 lbs. less weight lifted with your legs!
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WOLF CREEK PASS Highway 35 to No. Fork of the Duchesne & Hanna opened May 17th

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BALD MOUNTAIN PASS--MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY 

Highway 150 - Kamas to Evanston, Wyoming--OPENED TODAY June 2, 2017

BALD MOUNTAIN PASS 10,759 ft.
CURRENT AT THE TOP
Wednesday June 21 - SNOW GONE! - 65 degrees at 11:00 AM
Tuesday June 20 - 2" - 65 degrees F.
Monday June 19 - 7" WOW! - 60 degrees F.
Sunday June 18 - 12.5" of snow - 56 degrees F.
Saturday June 17 - 16" of snow - 50 degrees F.
Friday June 16 - 21" of snow - 56 degrees F.
Thurs. June 15 - 24" of snow = 56 degrees F.
Wed. June 14 - 26.6" of snow - 50 degrees F.
Tuesday June 13 - 30" of snow  - 32 degrees F.
Monday June 12 - 28" of snow - 38 degrees F.
Sunday June 11 - 29" of snow - 50 degrees F.
Saturday June 10 - 31" of snow - 60 degrees F.
Friday June 9 - 34" of snow - 60 degrees F.
Thursday June 8 - 37.5" of snow - 58 degrees F.
Wednesday   June 7   - 41"  of snow   -  60 degrees F.
Tuesday    June 6 -  44" of snow  -  59 degrees F.
Monday,     June 5 - 47"  of snow  -  60 degrees F.
Sunday,       June 4 - 50" of snow  -   60 degrees F.
Saturday,  June 3 - 52" of  snow -  58 degrees F
Friday,        June 2  - 55" of snow  - 50 degrees F
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GETTING IN SHAPE FOR BACKPACKING
In the previous post I explain that  my back was operated on  for the 2nd time--the first in 2012, and I'm working on getting back into shape for backpacking as outlined in the previous post & mentioned at the end of this report.    My hike today,   in my 82nd year--June 4th--was 2 miles up Grove Creek Canyon with 43 lbs. of load, and I'll confess it wasn't easy--especially with 97 degree temperatures, but I will keep doing my darndest as my challenge over the 15 year Project has been to......
..today,  June 8th, up to 46 lbs. & experiencing some pain, so will up my intake of cod liver oil from 3 gel caps/daily, to 5 and see.
NEVER GIVE IN.....EASILY!
The other option doesn't interest me yet
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IMPORTANT NOTE:  
Yesterday, Saturday morning, June 3rd, I gave my first report to KSL OUTDOOR'S RADIO. You can listen  on your computer each Saturday morning from 6:10 to 8:00 AM from anywhere in the world. 
On the program my friend, Russ Smith, from SKYCALL SATELLITE assured me he now has me on the schedule for a satellite phone for the summer--which I recommend each group have one of, and if you're going alone, you've got to have one along with a SPOT Personal Satellite Tracker.  Get one!
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EXPLORATORY TRIP June 2, 2017 
My first stop was at the KAMAS FOREST SERVICE RANGER STATION to talk to my old friend Brenda, who told me that last night the road clearing crew "broke through" the last drifts, so the HIGHWAY IS NOW OPEN!


Following is my photo report of the trip I made this morning, Friday, June 2, 2017


If you know me, you'll expect me to take you with me, with a few views along the highway on the 80 mile round trip from Kamas with little comment.


SPRING IN THE UINTAS






First real stop was...as always....at the PROVO RIVER FALLS


Below is a view of the Falls on June 4, 2016, shown with the shadows of the afternoon.



Here we are at the Pass with Bald Mountain looming over it, pictures actually taken on the return after having continued on to the entrance to the Highline Trail, 


Below is a view of the Pass and Bald Mountain on June 4, 2016, with visibly less snow than this year. 



Here we are seeing the weather station operated by UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation)  from which I acquire daily information on the snow depth and temperature.


From the pass we continue to the northeast seeing the snow depths.


Shortly there is a turnoff...of course now snowed in, from which we see below Moosehorn Lake, still frozen over, and in the distance Hayden Peak.


A little further along as we descend to towards the Mirror Lake turnoff,  the panorama is enlarged, also with Mt. Agassiz on the right


Above is a photograph of Hayden Peak on June 4, 2016, I show to indicate again there was much less snow last year.


From this point we swing our view to the south looking towards the Grandaddy Basin area, still with a great deal of snow.


We are here approaching Hayden Pass, and find all the snow removal equipment parked at the pull-offs for Butterfly Lake, which was still frozen.


Now we are at the 2nd important objective of my drive, to see the
 entrance to the famous HIGHLINE TRAIL 
zoom in on the sign you see below.


Below we see the sign on June 4, 2016.....so it will be likely at least until the end of June that there will be access.....of course depending on the thaw.



We have turned around and heading back, seeing the sign to the Highline Trail, on the west side of the highway.


We are now over the pass and heading back to Kamas, seeing on the north side of the highway Lilly Lake showing the beginning of the thaw,  and below on the other side of the highway, Lost lake.


Below is Lost Lake on June 4, 2016.


We have now quickly traveled back-in-time photographically to the
GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES
on June 23, 2016


This was my first 2016 Season backpack, and my schedule has me doing my first 2017 backpack from this trailhead too.


What is the access to the Grandview Trailhead...NOW?

I just talked to Sheila at the Forest Service Ranger Station in Duchesne.  She reports one of the rangers snow-shoed in there a couple of weeks ago, and was amazed how much snow  there is.

THE PLAN:  They hope to have the road open in about two weeks, but for a couple of weeks it will be used for a timber sale. 

 For backpackers?  
It will likely be in about 1 month--THAT WILL GIVE ME TIME TO KEEP WORKING ON GETTING IN SHAPE AFTER MY BACK SURGERY--NOW HIKING EVERY DAY WITH MY BACKPACK--THIS WEEK WITH 43 lbs.  NEXT WEEK=46;  THE FOLLOWING=48;  BY BACKPACKING TIME=50 lbs......although I don't plan on backpacking with that much weight, except for the 136 miles on the Highline Trail in August.  
I will keep in touch with Sheila, and keep all of you informed about access, along with any other access information I can glean from other areas.
UPDATE Tuesday June 13
Just talked to Jeff at the Duchesne Ranger Station who reports that they have heavy equipment clearing the road of snow with about 1-1/2 feet of snow at the Trailhead, but the road will only be accessible for a timber sale, and not  for backpackers for "2-3 weeks," which would mean between June 27th to July 4th.  He asked me to call back for updates in a week....at which time I will give an UPDATE here.  

In the meantime, get some exercise to be in shape, as I'm doing now in my 82nd year, with a daily mini-hike with backpack, today with 48 lbs. of load.
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Daily Update: MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY Access & SNOW DEPTH on BALD MT. PASS -- GLITCH SOLVED -- SPINE BEEFED UP -- THE HIGHLINE TRAIL -- PROPOSED BACKPACKS FOR 2017

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Scheduled DREAMS for 2017 (82nd year) Combining with it the ENTIRE HIGHLINE TRAIL...if my  "ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE" formula keeps doing its MIRACLE!

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BALD MOUNTAIN PASS & MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY
This area's opening status is a great gauge for the beginning of backpacking in the Uintas - the Highline Trail in the same area & the altitude about the same as the "Gateway to the Grandaddies" at Hades Pass.
SNOW DEPTH - Temp. at 5:00 pm - BALD MOUNTAIN PASS - 10,759 ft.
- status MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY - 

June 2 
- EXPLORATION OF MIRROR lAKE SCENIC BYWAY & PHOTO REPORT
June 1 - 58" - closed - 41 degrees F.
May 31 - 59" - closed - 54 degrees F.
May 30 - 61.6" - closed - 53 degrees F.
May 29 - 64" - closed - 47 degrees F.
May 28 - 65" - closed - 48 degrees F. 
May 27 - 68" - closed - 40 degrees F.
NOTE:  On Friday, May 26th I talked to Brenda at the Forest Service office in Kamas who reports that they are  "working on clearing drifts from 6' to 12' deep, but some key equipment broke down and work has been suspended.  It will be about 2 weeks before the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is open."   
I suspect that it will likely be sooner, depending on the thaw, and will update every day & keep working on getting in shape for the 1st backpack into the Grandaddies.
May 25 - 70" - closed - 40 degrees F.
May 24 - 71" - closed - 50 degrees F.
May 23 - 74" - closed - 49 degrees F.
May 22 - 77" - closed - 40 degrees F.
May 21 - 79" - closed - 34 degrees F.
May 20 - 77" - closed - 34 degrees F.
May 19 - 79" - closed - 24 degrees F.
May 18 - 81" - closed -  23 degrees F.
May 17 - 81" -  closed - 20 degrees F.
May 16 - 75" - closed
May 15 - 75" - closed
May 14 - 78" - closed
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May 17
WOLF CREEK PASS IS NOW OPEN
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UPDATE MARCH 27th
GLITCH!....NOW SOLVED,..95%?
The previous post has  my enthusiastic plans for 2017-- BUT HERE UPDATED  added on at the end of the UPDATED photo/essay on the HIGHLINE TRAIL, 

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Dr. C. William Bacon of the Sports Medicine &  Orthopedic Clinic in Orem, Utah extended the fusion of vertebrates 4 & 5, to include #6. 
In the left frontal view, you can also see my titanium hip

  Recovery today at 2 weeks is surprising the medical community, nonetheless, there will be no International Half Marathon in Guatemala until May 2018.   Today,  March 27th,  my walking routine has stretched to 3 miles, including an occasional careful jog crossing streets to avoid being run over--and joyfully no pain is experienced in the left leg, which previous pain started this new episode in my 81st year.  Distances will continue to increase. By May 13th, a light backpack will be included in the routine,  beginning with 20 lbs. and each day will be added to, May 24 the weight to 36 lbs, and will continue until backpacking begins.  Short jogs, without backpack, will also be done every other day, along with all kinds of exercises 
So for 2017, I'll concentrate on the High Uintas Project, and of course, keep the Guatemalan Foundation going to the end of August..to complete our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY YEAR ...hoping some donors will give in 5 months what they normally do in 12!
http://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

THE BACKPACKING SEASON FOR 2017?
Utah's record snowfall will undoubtedly affect backpacking, as was the case in 2011 when backpacking in the High Uintas wasn't possible until mid-July.  This likely will force modifications in my scheduled backpacks, at least one of them being added to doing the entire HIGHLINE TRAIL in August, beginning at the eastern end near Flaming Gorge and finishing at the Trailhead on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway!
Other than this  back glitch, my Anti-Aging Challenge formula is 
working so well  the modified list of backpacks at the end of this post is the dream for 2017--at 81+ or in my 82nd year:
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NOTE:  By the way, if you don't know about the Dinovite potential and its amazing qualities for solving all our nutritional, longevity and mental problems, check them out at the end of my ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE article on my website.
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Following is the slightly modified post on:

THE FAMOUS HIGHLINE TRAIL
Many have seen the Trailhead sign along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, under Hayden Peak, as the highway is about to descend towards Wyoming.  It is located at 10,378 ft. and from here heads east.



At the WESTERN HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD there is a nice area for horse packers with restrooms, and a parking lot for backpackers with Restrooms and water, where this nice sign and register are found.  


Down the trail, a bit, and here and there along the trail are found signs to guide hikers venturing into the Wilderness Area.

The HIGHLINE TRAIL is easily the most famous trail in the Uintas, most of it from its well-known Trailhead pictured here at Hayden Pass on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway and from here it heads east following the spine of the High Uinta Mountains over 8 above timberline passes.   It is usually thought that it ends about 80 miles to the east on the slopes of Leidy Peak, where there is a trailhead above Hacking Lake. 

But, that's not where it ends or starts.  It rather has its beginning around 26 miles more to the east along U.S. Highway 191 that starts at Vernal and heads north to Flaming Gorge Dam and continues north into Wyoming. Below I'll insert a labeled Google Earth view of the High Uinta Mountain Range showing the Western & Eastern HIGHLINE TRAILHEADS, plus most of the rivers and creeks that flow from the Uintas where 90% of Utah's water is produced.
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The light colored areas are the above timberline areas & peaks
As we are seeing, the Uintas begin at Kamas, Utah on the west, and end about 150 miles to the east at the Green River.  It is the only major mountain range in the lower 48 states to be oriented east to west.
 That EASTERN HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD 
will be the focus of this photo/essay, but first, let's understand a little better the subject of "TRAILHEADS" & "SIGNS"  in the  Uinta Mountains.


These kinds of signs are common all around the Wilderness area, here on the Uinta River.


Even nicer ones are found in some areas like what many of us call
"THE GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES,"
seeing here the entrance to the parking lot.........

.......and nice signs giving adventurers all the information they need for a great outdoor experience.

Just past the register,  as the trail begins, we find appreciated information on how far we have to hike to get to whatever our destination might be in the Basin.

Even years ago up the trail from the Grandview Trailhead, at Hades Pass,  when it was just the 
HIGH UINTAS PRIMITIVE AREA,
 this great sign seen above told us about the wonders we were about to see (1954).
But, it disappeared many years ago and is sorely missed!

In 2003, when I began my HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT, this great sign was still in the Grandaddies, between Grandaddy & Betsy Lakes, but on the ground and I had to prop it up for this picture....but it is of course now gone.

THE FAR EASTERN END....or BEGINNING
From Vernal, Utah the highway climbs into the eastern end of the High Uinta Mountains, and at 28 miles from Vernal, one reaches the pass, seen below, approximately 2,300 feet lower than Bald Mountain Pass on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, near the Western Highline Trailhead.

At this point, we have traveled 186 miles from American Fork, Utah and the Wasatch Front.  Most of the traffic zeros in on The Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, just a few miles further north.

But, what we are looking for is the Eastern end of  or the beginning of,
 THE HIGHLINE TRAIL.  
At a low point 3 miles down from the Pass, and just beyond the Interpretive  Display, we find a simple generic sign indicating that off to the west on a dirt road there is a trail, but, WHAT TRAIL?



Shortly we come to a small sign with little detail. We have found.....

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....THE EASTERN END OF THE 
GREAT HIGHLINE TRAIL


No really pertinent information.  
No register.  No mileage signs.  No hint of where it goes.   Only a faded, worn out map!

It seems like a humiliating beginning for what is a GREAT TRAIL.
SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE!
COME ON FOREST SERVICE--LET'S GET SOME NICE SIGNS FOR THIS GREAT 

I hiked down the trail, well worn by the blessed ATV's, to see if there was a sign, any kind of sign, but there were just the expected Forest Service markers you see here




And a very old blaze on a couple of trees, plus some newer ones.



 There were signs of road/trail work, and a bridge over what I believe is Carter Creek.



Along with efforts to keep the ATVs from ruining everything.



NO MILEAGE SIGNS WERE FOUND!
My topographical maps indicate that the trail heads up this draw, eventually going through the thick forest and over that low saddle to the west.

NOTE:  After first being advised that the eastern end of the trail was nearly impassable with deadfall, good news came from new High Uinta Friend, John Parker who emailed me, saying:
Cordell, I hope to see you on the Uinta Highline between Aug 15 and Sept 15. Those are the target for my hike of the Highline this year.
Good news for you! The trail between Hwy 191 and Leidy Peak was adopted a couple years back by the Uintah Basin Back Country Horsemen. They have cleared and maintained that first 20+ miles as a service project. My understanding is that it's not impassable but now nicely maintained. Still, need good navigation skills but not a mess.


John Parker

FOREST SERVICE CONTACT
Later I was contacted by Rhett Burkman, from the Forest Service Vernal office, and advised that the trail had been cleared by the Backcountry Horsementhat "trail signs have a habit of disappearing on this section of trail" and he would make sure they check the trail as soon as they have access. 


ALL GREAT NEWS FOR THIS 80+ YEARS OLDER, AS "DEADFALL" IS REALLY HARD FOR ME!  

Let's insert again our Google Earth view to help visualize the wonderful Uinta Mountains we are talking about.
The light colored areas are the above timberline areas & peaks
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From the Eastern Trailhead, seen above on the right, the trail gradually--over 26 miles, climbs from 8,000 ft. to  Leidy Peak where it is above the 11,000 ft. timberline. From there it follows the spine of the Uinta Range for 80 miles traversing rugged alpine terrain as seen below, climbing 8 passes all over 11,00o ft., 3 of which are over 12,000.   12,600 ft. Anderson Pass being the highest near Kings Peak, Utah's highest at 13,528 ft. 

PUTTING INTO PERSPECTIVE THE PASSES...
...more than half of the 8 passes are higher than the summit of Mt. Timpanogos that is dwarfed by the High Uinta peaks!
 The elevation profile high points are said passes, the profile showing the ups and downs of the 106-mile distance between trailheads, the western one near Mirror Lake at 10,378 ft.  


The trail only dips a few times below timberline.


In 2016 as I was on my way to finally get to Little Andy Lake, Utah's highest at 12,302 ft.,  I met  John Sowell, from Colorado,  and had a great conversation as he was doing the entire HIGHLINE TRAIL coming from the east.


I told him about my plan years ago to do it too, even having printed a series of 14 topographical maps for the adventure, but then a glitch ambushed me and it looked like I would have to get used to being a cripple.   Then I told him of the miracle that had me without pain for the first time in 30 years, with at that moment being on the verge of what I was thinking would be my last adventure--getting to my lake.

But since meeting him, and being so pumped up for having finally got to Little Andy Lake, I'm now training for the best summer of backpacking of my life--in my 82nd year, the crowning trip being in August  backpacking the entire
HIGHLINE TRAIL FROM EAST TO WEST!
Thanks, John, for inspiring me!
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Scheduled backpacks for Summer 2017
Note:  Depending on the thaw
1.  GRANDADDIES:  down past Lost & Powell Lakes, to pick up two missed, RANGE & JEFF  LAKES & if all goes well,  swing up to Pine Island Lake, and back past Fish Hatchery, Betsy & Grandaddy Lakes:   30+ miles, 4 days. NOTE: Date depending on conditions  in June, in other words, the thaw.
2.  MIDDLE FORK BEAVER CREEK:  Will explore Beaver, Coffin & other lakes, & will climb Thompson Pass, leaving 2 passes to go to achieve all 22 in the Wilderness.  30 miles 5 days.
3.  From E. Fk Blacks Fk Trailhead:  To Little East Fork of Blacks Fork and   UPPER ALPINE/ABOVE TIMBERLINE LAKES.  20 miles, 4 days.
4.  TWOROOSE PASS (with which only North Pole Pass remains) from the Lake Fork Trailhead up to the  Brown Duck Basin, Pass, & lakes.  35 miles, 6 days.
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IMPORTANT
Keep an eye on this website as summer approaches for more details, and get my link to the SPOT Personal Satellite Tracker , which I go nowhere without, and follow my progress, & make sure and listen every Saturday morning to hear my satellite phone reports on  Tim Hughes' KSL OUTDOORS RADIO, program. 
Satellite phone acquired from Russ Smith & SKYCALL SATELLITEwhere you can get yours for your outdoor adventures.
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THEN.......Originally Scheduled for Summer 2018 in my 83rd year--now changed to August 2017

THE CROWNING BACKPACK OF THE 
HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT
BACKPACKING 
THE FAMOUS HIGHLINE TRAIL

On this approximately 14 day backpack, I will take some detours to explore other areas critical to my project, such as:


   Another visit to Little Andy Lake--taking the time to get better pictures,  and continuing the detour to Trail Rider Pass, Beard Lake, & George Beard Basin,
Next, the unexplored lakes in the Upper Garfield Basin, others in the Oweep Drainage, plus very importantly, Crater Lake you see below and others.
I will attempt one more time to realize a goal of getting the perfect photograph of this incredibly beautiful scene--CRATER LAKE, the deepest in the Uintas at 147 ft. The plan is to get up on the saddle to the north so I can look down on the lake and with a fish-eye lens photograph it with Explorer Peak in the background.
  
Approximately 136 miles.
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