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Highline #7094

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Visit the forests, meadows, lakes, creeks, rivers, and high passes of the Wind River Range, close up to its high peaks.


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Map Key

113.3

Miles

182.3

KM

Point to Point

11,103' 3,384 m

High

7,973' 2,430 m

Low

13,535' 4,125 m

Up

13,366' 4,074 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

USFS rules, please:
- camp at least 200 feet away from lakes, creeks, and trails.
- leash dogs in crowded areas
- follow Leave No Trace Principles

Description

Trail Start to Lake Vera/North Fork Lake (Mile 0 - 23)

Lake Vera/North Fork Lake to Summit Lake(Mile 23 - 57)
From Lake Vera, in thin, rocky woods, North Fork Lake soon comes into view. The trail crosses its outlet creek and veers left without actually going to North Fork Lake. Still in thin, rocky woods, the trail is flat as it passes many lakes. For a stretch it follows and crosses Fall Creek a few times between Horseshoe Lake and Barnes Lake. After Barnes Lake the trail emerges from the forest to go through meadows and trees as it reaches Pole Creek. Pole Creek is crossed several times as the trail climbs upstream to join the CDT at mile mark 41, for the rest of its journey. The next 16 miles to Summit Lake is the highest section of Highline Trail. In rocky, grassy meadows, passing lakes, the trail goes over Lester Pass, veers west just before Shannon Pass, and descends into forest. Here in the forest, it crosses the upper reaches of Pine Creek, and then climbs to Summit Lake, once again in rocky, grassy meadows.

Summit Lake to Trail End(Mile 57 - 113)

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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North Fork Lake is in the distance below as Highline Trail passes south of it. Mount Victor, 12,254 feet, (center right) is the prominent peak behind North Fork Lake.
Aug 10, 2020 near Pinedale, WY
Highline Trail descends into a small meadow below near Pole Creek.
Aug 10, 2020 near Pinedale, WY
Pole Creek at the start/end of Cook Lake Loop.
Aug 10, 2020 near Pinedale, WY
Twilight at Upper Jean Lake. Bow Mountain (right), 13,020 feet., catches the last rays of the sun as it watches over Upper Jean Lake. Mount Arrowhead, 12,972 feet., (extreme right) is just east of Bow Mountain.
Sep 18, 2020 near Pinedale, WY
Summit Lake as seen from its south end. Directly to the north (center), the valley of the creeks that become the Green River, drops off in the distance.
Sep 18, 2020 near Pinedale, WY
Approaching Pole Creek from the south on Highline Trail, high distant mountains come into view.
Aug 10, 2020 near Pinedale, WY

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Jul 28, 2020
Joan Pendleton