Bear River Range Highline Trail

Ovid, Idaho

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The Bear River Range, a northern extension of Utah’s famous Wasatch Range, forms the western boundary of the popular Bear Lake Basin. Because the lower slopes of these mountains are crowded with lakeside resorts and recreation homes, it is surprising that so few people hike this range’s scenic trails. After all, the Bear River Range has plenty of attractions, including view-packed ridges, open forests, and flowered-covered meadows. You’ll find plenty of day hiking options, but for backpackers the best extended trip is the Highline Trail, which samples all of the diverse pleasures this range has to offer.
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The Bear River Range, a northern extension of Utah’s famous Wasatch Range, forms the western boundary of the popular Bear Lake Basin. Because the lower slopes of these mountains are crowded with lakeside resorts and recreation homes, it is surprising that so few people hike this range’s scenic trails.

After all, the Bear River Range has plenty of attractions, including view-packed ridges, open forests, and flowered-covered meadows. You’ll find plenty of day hiking options, but for backpackers the best extended trip is the Highline Trail, which samples all of the diverse pleasures this range has to offer.

© 2015 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ovid
Distance: 25
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 -4 days
Season: Usually open late June to October; Best late June to mid-July for flowers; late September and early October for fall colors
Local Contacts: Montpelier Ranger District, 208-847-0375
Local Maps: USGS Egan Basin, USGS Midnight Mountain, USGS Paris Peak
Topo Map: Bear River Range Highline Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/3/2009

I can't say enough about the beauty of this trail. Having grown up in the area, I knew the country fairly well, but not from this perspective. The early July wildflowers were absolutely amazing! And considering the warning about mosquitoes, they weren't too unbearable, as long as you kept the repellent on. The most difficult part, by far, is having to haul that large amount of water. It made for a few more rest stops than I usually take, but that just gave me more photo ops! We did see bear tracks, but no scat or other signs. A pair of bald eagles blessed our journey on day 2 (which happened to be July 4th)! The guide I printed form the site here was fairly accurate, but had a couple of sketchy points where we got lost and had to backtrack. Overall, we traveled about 31 miles, instead of 25. No worries, though. Just means more calories burned and more countryside seen! Awesome hike. I highly recommend it!

7/15/2006

We entered this trail off of Paris Canyon road 1/2 mile below the pass. While not marked it is fairly obvious where the trail crosses the road. A decent hike to the ridgeline from there--beautiful view and you can go as far as you want on the Highline trail

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