Highline Trail

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
Elevation Gain4,703ft
Trailhead Elevation9,300ft
Elevation Min/Max7971/9300ft
Elevation Start/End9300/9300ft

Highline Trail

Highline Trail is a hiking trail in Sublette County, Wyoming. It is within Bridger Wilderness Area and Bridger-Teton National Forest. It is 14.1 miles long and begins at 9,300 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,703 feet. This trail connects with the following: New Fork Trail, Clear Creek Trail and Highline Trail.
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"The northern segment of the Highline Trail—from Green River Lakes to Summit Lake—is one of the most popular trails in the range, for ample reasons. This memorable trail travels through the spectrum of western Wind River landscapes, from broad, rich meadows, open forests, and soaring canyon walls to spreading alpine meadows and ice-encrusted crags. And the trail boasts a smooth tread, a pleasant change from the Wind Rivers’ typically rocky, rough trails. Numerous trails that intersect this route offer a variety of possible loop trips." Read more
"This long-distance segment of the Highline Trail leads from the alpine heights of the northern Bridger Wilderness to the lake-dotted bench in the central part of the range. En route travelers cross 11,100-foot Lester Pass—the highest elevation attained on the Highline—then descend to three wide, swift crossings of large Pole Creek, fords that may be difficult during early summer high water. From Pole Creek to North Fork Lake, the trail follows a gentle, undulating route, staying below 10,000 feet while visiting a half-dozen large lakes, wildflower-speckled meadows, and subalpine forests." Read more
"This segment of the Highline is arguably the most spectacular trail in the range. The route travels through grand alpine terrain in the shadow of towering crags, staying above 10,000 feet throughout its length. Stunted groves of timberline forest lie at either end of this segment; in between is a raw landscape of alpine lake basins seemingly just released from the grip of an ice age. From the signed junction of the Highline and Seneca Lake Trails, turn northeast onto the Highline Trail. It rises gently at first above an unnamed lake, then curves into a narrow, boulder-choked draw, following moderately ascending switchbacks. The trail gains 200 feet of elevation in 0.4 mile, passing among ice-scoured bedrock and a few persistent groves of krummholz spruce and whitebark pine." Read more

Trail Information

Bridger-Teton National Forest
Nearby City
Bridger Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
Wild Flowers, Views
Pinedale Ranger District, (307) 367-4326
Local Contacts
USGS: Bridger Lakes, Fremont Peak South, Horseshoe Lake
Local Maps

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