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Highline Trail Trek Journal

-- Daily Stats

 
Times
Ascent
Descent
High
Low
Daily*
Total*
Day 1
11:20am - 7:30pm
1880'
880'
10,509'
9111'
Day 2
6:55am - 6:50pm
3500'
3210'
11,421'
9698'
Day 3
7:25am - 5:25pm
2020'
2290'
10,574'
9806'
Day 4
6:45am - 6:00pm
4130'
3640'
11,096'
10,049'
Day 5
6:55am - 8:05pm
2620'
4950'
11,148'
8251'
Day 6
6:05am - 8:50am
450'
600'
8284'
7956'
~80
* Mileage
** Data collected using a Suunto X6 and Earthwalk Press topographic maps

 

-- Day 1

  • Started: Big Sandy Trailhead (9111')
  • Route Overview:
    • Big Sandy Lake
    • Clear Lake (from Black Joe Creek)
    • Detour to Deep Lake (Wow! In an amazing cirque with tons of cool peaks - looked like good climbing)
  • Saw a weasel of some sort with a yellow/white tip on its tail (by Deep Lake)
  • Also saw a red bird - we wondered if it was a crossbill
  • Noticed that rivers running down solid granite are lots warmer than normal rivers
  • Wow - can you believe an entire range of mountains can be made of solid granite rather than chunks of granite like most mountains? No wonder so many climbers come here.
  • Ended: Clear Lake (10,012')

 

-- Day 2

  • Route Overview:
    • Big Sandy Lake
    • Jackass Pass (via climbers route - left at Arrowhead Lake)
    • Lonesome Lake (ate breakfast overlooking lake - cool campsites)
    • Texas Pass (really steep descent on Shadow Lake side; best flowers of the trip so far; saw hummingbirds too!)
    • Shadow Lake (stopped for snack and swim)
  • Ended: Top of ridge about to enter plateau (10,500')

 

-- Day 3

  • Route Overview:
    • Raid Lake (breakfast - Old Highline Trail/Fremont)
    • Bob's Lake (sheep! yuck!)
    • Pipestone Lakes (ate snack on cool metamorphic rock overlooking lake and Mt. Victor; heard strange roaring sound (mule, elk, or bear?))
    • North Fork Lake (ran into 2 folks doing CDT...they had ULA packs; fun stream crossing)
  • Plateau was REALLY beautiful - as we got back into more trees there were lots of grand views because the trees were sparsely spaced - AWESOME!! This was our favorite part of the trip so far.
  • Places to check out in the future:
    • Hall's Lake and Shoestring Lake
    • Lake Bonneville (trail not shown on map - out of Raid Lake)
    • Pyramid Lake - crossing over between Mt. Bonneville and Raid Peak
  • Ended: Rambaud Lake (10,100')

 

-- Day 4

  • Route Overview:
    • Hat Pass (saw 3 elk, 1 bull; heard wolves howling and maybe a coyote too)
    • Lester Pass
    • Little Seneca Lake
    • Island Lake (beautiful, sand beach, awesome wildflowers)
    • Titcomb Lake (1st Big One; amazing entrance, wildflowers; went swimming; slept under stars...very bright with the full moon and white granite peaks surrounding us)
  • Saw bear tracks and lots of elk tracks...need to learn our tracks!
  • Ended: Titcomb Lake (10,598')

 

-- Day 5

  • Route Overview:
    • Island Lake
    • Fremont Crossing (nice river - ate breakfast)
    • Lower/Upper Jean Lake
    • Shannon Pass
    • Peak Lake (AWESOME lake with amazing surrounding rocks - should camp there sometime)
    • Cube Pass (easy)
    • Vista Pass
    • Trail Creek Park (got water; nice campsites; forest/meadow awesome)
    • Three Forks Park
    • Beaver Park
  • Met CDT hikers Heather and Remy (check out their journal)
  • Places to check out in the future: Peak Lake and Knapsack Col into Titcomb Basin
  • Slept under stars
  • Ended: Meadow past Squaretop Mountain (8251')

 

-- Day 6

  • Had to set up tarp in early morning because some weather blew in
  • Saw 5 moose (2 bull, 2 female, 1 baby) before upper Green River Lake
  • Saw hairy woodpecker
  • Saw deer (frozen in woods)
  • Ended: Green River Lakes Trailhead (7956')

 

-- Molly & Brian Lawrence

Deep Lake Cirque

 
 
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