The Highline Trail from Mirror Lake Highway sees a lot of traffic from hikers and horsemen. Many of the hikers visit Naturalist Basin or Four Lakes Basin as either long day hikes, or as backpack trips. I find these areas can feel a bit congested and overrun. Packard and Wyman Lakes, though not as dramatic as Naturalist Basin or other areas farther from the trailhead, make for a very enjoyable day hike and are much less frequently visited. These lakes are good choices if you are looking to get away from the crowds, and maximize leisure time around the lake!
The trailhead is the Highline Trail trailhead/Hayden Pass off the Mirror Lake highway. This is at mile post 34.2, which is 34.2 miles from Kamas Utah on highway 150, or about 43 miles south of Evanston Wyoming on highway 150. The Mirror Lake highway is closed from late fall to about Memorial Day. The trail would likely be very snowy until late June in most years.
To Packard Junction (3 miles / 1.5 hours)
Follow the Highline trail. After 0.75 miles, a side trail comes in from Mirror Lake, stay left as the trail descends southeast along the base of the high Uintas.
Continuing on, a junction is reached with right going to Scudder Lake and left bypassing Scudder Lake. Either way is fine, but I recommend right to see the lake close up. Just after the lake, the trail re-joins the main trail.
Next up is Packard Lake junction, about 3 miles from the trailhead. Go right here.
To Packard Lake (1 mile / 30 minutes)
The trail heads south and passes near Wilder Lake before crossing a small ridge to Wyman Lake. Continue past Wyman, across one more small ridge, to visit Packard Lake. Of the 3 lakes, I think Packard is the most scenic, as it sits overlooking the Duchense River drainage.
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