Red Pine Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

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As the lake opens up before you, you get your first full view of the mountain bowl above the lake, which tops out near 11,000 feet. To your right, the highest peak in back is the Pfeifferhorn (Little Matterhorn on some maps), and in the foreground, an unnamed peak at 10,897 feet (elevation shown on the Trails Illustrated Uinta National Forest map). Straight ahead looms White Baldy, and to the left are the American Fork Twin Peaks. Although there is no trail, the ascent to the lip of the glacial bowl to Peak 10,897 is well worth the effort. The steeper terrain of the bowl consists of rugged rock slides, so if you want to climb to the ridge, it’s best to hike in early June and bring crampons to ascend the snowfields. Ascend either the long slope to the southwest or along the tree-lined ridge just to the left. You’ll be rewarded with views of Little Cottonwood Canyon to the north , Salt Lake Valley to the west, Mount Timpanogos to the south, and Utah Valley to the southwest. Because of the danger of avalanche, be cautious attempting the peak in early spring. You can call the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center before attempting to summit the ridge or peak. Later in the spring or in early summer, the consolidated snow makes an easy pathway to the top for those with crampons and ice axes. Red Lake Canyon is also a popular approach to the Pfeifferhorn.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

As the lake opens up before you, you get your first full view of the mountain bowl above the lake, which tops out near 11,000 feet. To your right, the highest peak in back is the Pfeifferhorn (Little Matterhorn on some maps), and in the foreground, an unnamed peak at 10,897 feet (elevation shown on the Trails Illustrated Uinta National Forest map). Straight ahead looms White Baldy, and to the left are the American Fork Twin Peaks. Although there is no trail, the ascent to the lip of the glacial bowl to Peak 10,897 is well worth the effort. The steeper terrain of the bowl consists of rugged rock slides, so if you want to climb to the ridge, it’s best to hike in early June and bring crampons to ascend the snowfields. Ascend either the long slope to the southwest or along the tree-lined ridge just to the left. You’ll be rewarded with views of Little Cottonwood Canyon to the north , Salt Lake Valley to the west, Mount Timpanogos to the south, and Utah Valley to the southwest.

Because of the danger of avalanche, be cautious attempting the peak in early spring. You can call the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center before attempting to summit the ridge or peak. Later in the spring or in early summer, the consolidated snow makes an easy pathway to the top for those with crampons and ice axes. Red Lake Canyon is also a popular approach to the Pfeifferhorn.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 3,110 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 7 hours
Season: Late spring to late October
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Dromedary Peak; Trails Illustrated Wasatch Front/ Strawberry Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Pine Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

9/13/2009
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8/20/2009
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Popular fishing spot, trail is wide but rugged, not for your buddy with that nagging knee injury...he'll be cursing you the whole way down. The better spot for solitude along this trail is Maybird gulch...a quick right across the bridge at the mine spill 2 1/2 miles in. But keep it a secret because these lakes are much cleaner and more pristine because of the lack of visitors. You are also more likely to run into wildlife on this quite trail.


6/11/2009
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Great Hike, easy access from Sandy, be careful in June as waterlevels rise fast if it is raining. Red Pine is not well marked, when you get to the first sign and river crossing with no bridge, head straight up on the smaller trail to the bridge and go up from there. White Pine Lake is to the left and wider/well marked. Funny as it sounds, KEEN wasatch shoes are dry and sticky; great for this type of trail.


7/5/2004
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