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Hayden Peak is the highest mountain fronting the western edge of the High Uinta Wilderness. In addition to being the highest, Hayden Peak is one of the more rugged peaks that occupy the western High Uintas. The flanks of the mountain are completely cliffed out, and the summit is composed of a series of towers. From a distance, the summit appears very difficult to obtain, but there is a 3rd class line that leads to the top for experienced hikers that are comfortable with exposure. Hayden Peak is also one of the more accessible peaks of the High Uintas. The round trip distance from the Highline Trailhead is roughly 4 miles. Most High Uinta peaks, further in the interior of the range, necessitate 20 to 40 miles of round trip distance to summit. As far as summit traffic, expect to see a few people, here and there, during your summer trips. In the spring, fall, and especially winter, plan on total solitude. Winter ascents of Hayden Peak are very rare. Covered in snow, this is an extremely steep, dangerous mountain with all summer routes buried under the snow. The deep snow removes all rock ledges and shallow chutes, covering the summit in open, exposed, very steep slopes.
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Hayden Peak, Uinta Mountains, Utah
Hayden Peak, Uinta Mountains, Utah
Hayden Peak, Uinta Mountains, Utah
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