Red Castle Lakes

Mountain View, Wyoming

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Red Castle Lake is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the High Uintas. Red Castle is set in a beautiful steep-walled basin. The reddish-colored mountain is shaped like a medieval castle. From China Meadows trailhead, the trail follows the East Fork Smiths Fork River south 3.5 miles to the Henrys Fork Trail junction. Continue southwest 0.7 mile to another junction. Stay left, following the river. In about 1.5 miles the trail crosses a tributary of the creek and encounters another junction 0.5 mile farther on. Stay left and go 0.8 mile to another trail junction. Go right for 0.6 mile; at the next trail junction stay left and go 0.2 mile to Lower Red Castle Lake. Red Castle Lake is another 3.2 miles from the lowest end of Lower Red Castle Lake. Campsites are nonexistent near the lake but can be found, along with running water, at the timbered area to the north. Angling and camping usage is excessively heavy on weekends, and fishing is considered only fair for pan-size cutthroat. Because of the size, depth, and popularity of this lake, an inflatable raft may increase the number and size of fish in your creel.
Hiking Utah's High Uintas

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Hiking Utah's High Uintas

by Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman (Falcon Guides)

Red Castle Lake is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the High Uintas. Red Castle is set in a beautiful steep-walled basin. The reddish-colored mountain is shaped like a medieval castle.

From China Meadows trailhead, the trail follows the East Fork Smiths Fork River south 3.5 miles to the Henrys Fork Trail junction. Continue southwest 0.7 mile to another junction. Stay left, following the river. In about 1.5 miles the trail crosses a tributary of the creek and encounters another junction 0.5 mile farther on. Stay left and go 0.8 mile to another trail junction. Go right for 0.6 mile; at the next trail junction stay left and go 0.2 mile to Lower Red Castle Lake. Red Castle Lake is another 3.2 miles from the lowest end of Lower Red Castle Lake.

Campsites are nonexistent near the lake but can be found, along with running water, at the timbered area to the north. Angling and camping usage is excessively heavy on weekends, and fishing is considered only fair for pan-size cutthroat. Because of the size, depth, and popularity of this lake, an inflatable raft may increase the number and size of fish in your creel.

© 2016 Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain View
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 14 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,400 feet
Top Elevation: 11,300 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Bridger Lake, Mt. Powell
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Castle Lakes

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May 2018