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Last summer I ran the Highline trail from Leidy Peak to Hayden pass. I've read that the Highline trail used to start at highway 191 when it was originally constructed. Does anyone have any old maps that show the original trail, or know anything about where it once was? I'd like to run the whole original trail this summer. If some of the sections from highway 191 to Leidy peak are ATV trails or logged out, I don't care, since I'll be running it, not hiking.
I am Public Lands Coordinator Uinta Chapter for Uinta Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah. Three years ago we adopted Uinta Highline Trail from Highway 191 to Leidy Peak Trailhead it took us the summer to clear, map, and mark this trail. Every summer since then we ride this trail to make sure it remains open.
Our chapter will be starting this summer's work on the Highline trail in mid July. We are also looking at adopting Don Hatch Trail from Highline Trailhead and Highway 191 to Leona Spring on the Manila Park Trail this will connect Highline Trail, Don Hatch Trail, Manila Park Trail.
I have Garmin GPS of the Highline trail and maps of Don Hatch and Manila Park trails for those that are interested and I can be reached at email@example.com
I have hiked the Highline Trail from Highway 191 to the Highline Trailhead (formerly Hayden Peak trailhead) several times over the past 12 years. Until the east section from Highway 191 to Leidy Peak was cleared, thanks to the efforts of the Backcountry Horsemen of Utah, this section of trail was extremely difficult to navigate. As far as topo maps for this section of trail: DO NOT TRUST THEM! The logging that took place in this area in the 1970's obliterated the trail and replaced most sections with interconnecting logging roads. There are sections of the original trail that remain but the trail markers and cairns are hard to find and follow. The last time I hike this trail the trail marking, thanks again to the Backcountry Horsemen of Utah, was much better. That being said I still wouldn’t attempt to navigate this section of trail without a good GPS and route to follow. There are several connecting trails in the parks (aka meadows) if you need to bail to the south and pick up the Leidy Peak road. The Uinta Highline Trail officially begins at Highway 191 McKee Draw. The trail heads west from there encountering several "parks" or meadows for 29 miles to the Leidy Peak Trailhead. The trail is marked with cairns (officially placed by the Forest Service as trail markers) a few signs and what is left of decades old tree markings. Having personally spent many hours disoriented and almost lost way-finding in this area I would highly recommend using GPS at least in this section if not on your entire hike.