Wilder and Packard Lake

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4h
Distance
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10.6 km
Elevation
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333 m
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Overall Rating
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9.7
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Packard Lake hike in the Uinta Mountains

Beginning along the impressive 104.0 mi Highline Trail, this hike - only 6.6 mi - out to Wilder Lake then down to Packard Lake is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. This hike is also a great way to get away from the crowds, or to do as an easy backpack.

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Route Description for Wilder and Packard Lake

The Highline Trail is an impressive 104.0 mi trek that crosses most of the High Uintas Wilderness. You will follow this trail for much of your hike, before taking a detour at approximately the 5.0 mi mark.

After beginning the trail near the restrooms, the trail will descend a short ways. Soon you will enter into the official Uintas Wilderness. A sign will outline the rules for camping in the backcountry here.

The entire trail gently undulates up and down, but never has any sustained climbing or descending. After a ways of hiking you will pass the turnoff for Packard Lake, where you will turn right and begin a steep descent.

You will eventually arrive at the impressive and boggy Wilder Lake. Stop here to enjoy the peace and the quiet. You can go back, or you can continue another short ways down to Wyman Lake and Packard Lake if you please.

Whatever path you take, the return will be the same way.

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Insider Hints for Wilder and Packard Lake

  • Due to the shorter distance, great scenery and mild elevation change, this makes for an incredible and easy backpacking trip.
  • Watch out for the bugs at the Lakes! The boggy nature of the area allows them to flourish, so be prepared.
  • A recreation pass is required to park in the National Forest, which can be purchased throughout the park; however, a National Parks Pass is also accepted.

Getting to the Wilder and Packard Lake Trailhead

From Kamas head along Utah 150 for 34.0 mi. After passing over Bald Mountain Pass and Pass Lake, look for the Highline Trailhead on your right, directly on the top of Hayden Pass. Park in the ample parking area there.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June through September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Yes, numerous opportunities in the Uintas Wilderness.

  • Toilets

    Yes, at trailhead

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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