Hayden Pass to the Christmas Meadows Campground

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Hard
Duration
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4.5-6.5h
Distance
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18.3 km
Elevation
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468 m
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Hayden Pass to the Christmas Meadows Campground is a fantastic route in the western Uintas. This is a challenging trail that should be attempted by experienced hikers only. If you are up for a big adventure in the mountains, this hike is the route for you.

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Route Description for Hayden Pass to the Christmas Meadows Campground

Hayden Pass to Christmas Meadows is an ambitious hike in the western Uintas. This trail is technical and challenging and should be attempted by experienced hikers only. As is implied by the name, this is a one-way hike, so be sure to arrange for a shuttle or pick up ahead of time. A strenuous hike with some steep and challenging sections, the trail from Hayden Pass to Christmas Meadows is richly rewarding with incredible views of the Utah wilderness and an experience you will never forget.

Starting at the Highline Trailhead across from Butterfly Lake, follow the path eastward and stay right at the divide to hike up and over Hayden Pass. On the other side of the pass, continue east past Ryder Lake and McPheters Lake along the Stillwater Trail. Stick to the Stillwater Trail as it curves north to bring you safely to your destination: Christmas Meadows.

At Christmas Meadows, catch your ride home or set up camp to enjoy a restful night under the Utah stars.

Getting to the Hayden Pass to the Christmas Meadows Campground Trailhead

This hike begins at the Highline Trailhead on the east side of highway 150 across from Butterfly Lake and ends at the Christmas Meadows Campground.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Christmas Meadows Campground

  • When to do

    June to September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    One Way

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