From Leidy trailhead, via Highline trail to Gabbro Pass, then an easy romp to the summit. Perfect weather with no storms. 6 1/2 hours of hiking, adding an additional 3 hours to stop and take in the views and snacks. 12.5 miles, round trip.
The Highline trail is easy and straight forward to follow until about a mile after the north Leidy Peak trail splits off, and the Highline trail descends off the ridge towards Lake Wilde. Here, the cairns are too far apart and difficult to spot. The climb up Gabbro Pass is quite steep with loose rocks.
followed red route shown on this page - few large cairns, but this trail (formerly part of 025) appears to not be maintained. Some heavily-cupped snowfield crossings were necessary. Lots of flowers!!
Shaylee, Kessler, Kimberly and I decided to head for the Uinta Mountains since we could hear our church conference on the radio from up there. The weather forecast was predicting sunny, but cold weather after a dry cold front.
With a late 11 am start, we headed up towards the mountains in sunny, windy, and cold conditions. It was so dry this year that there were hardly any snowbanks at all visible, which is quite unusual for the Uinta Mountains.
After making steady progress, just before Point 11,651, it was remembered that since we switched the stove out at the beginning of the trip, we had left the lighters behind. The original plan was to climb Untermann, Deadman,and Lakeshore Peaks before heading down into the Lakeshore Basin to camp. With the cold weather and with no way to light the stove, we decided to forego that idea.
We decided that Kessler and I should make a run for one or more peaks and that Shaylee and Kimberly would stay behind and on top of Point 11,651. That way we could complete our route by dark.
As fast as we could, Kessler and I set off to climb Mount Untermann. We took only a very brief break before heading towards Lakeshore Peak. We had wanted to climb Deadman Peak and it was tempting to do so since it looked so tantalizingly close, but we decided we shouldn’t make Kim and Shaylee wait that long and to have us all walk out in the dark.
It was disappointing to turn our backs on Deadman Peak, but we headed to Lakeshore Peak as quickly as we could. After climbing Lakeshore Peak, we returned back to Point 11,651 to meet Shaylee and Kim.
Together we all headed back to the trailhead arriving in time to set up the camp before dark. It was a cold and windy climb, but dry and with sunny skies.