Pfeifferhorn (via Red Pine Lakes Trail)

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Pfeifferhorn (via Red Pine Lakes Trail) is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3943 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

snow

off trail

no dogs

This trail leads to one of the most scenic and most frequently visited peaks on the south side of Little Cottonwood canyon. However, you will probably not see more than one group of hikers on the upper portion of the trail on a summer weekend. The majority of the hike is on a well-maintained and easy to follow trail. The portion of trail between Lower Red Pine Lake and the Alpine Ridge is only slightly difficult to follow, but the direction of travel is obvious and should keep you near the correct path. Above Upper Red Pine lake follow the faint steep ridge that leads to the Alpine Ridge. There is a trail, but it is faint and hard to follow. Once you've obtained the Alpine Ridge the rest of path to the summit is strait-forward.

hiking
2 days ago

A bit of snow on Saturday made the summit not quite safe, so we turned around at the knife edge. Great views from the ridge!

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3 days ago

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10 days ago

Great hike, highly recommend it.

11 days ago

So fun but a little crazy too

12 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

This hike was a nerve-wracking yet fun challenge. Final summit was a definite mental challenge. Terrain was very difficult. If you weren't bouldering over rocks you were walking on loose dirt and gravel on a steep incline. Just mind your footing. Be aware that rocks can come tumbling down the mountain and if you see one coming just be sure to yell something like "rock" so other hikers know to watch out

backpacking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

On the trail at 6:00 am. Back to the car at 10:00 am. 10.5 miles, RT. Be careful making the summit, loose boulders. Advanced hikers, only.

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17 days ago

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18 days ago

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24 days ago

24 days ago

Trail packs a lot into it. Forest walk, lakes, scrambling, route finding ridge walk and a summit. Not an easy hike for sure

hiking
25 days ago

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hiking
26 days ago

Equally beautiful and difficult, I highly recommend. Take strong shoes/boots as there are a ton of rocks you'll need to walk across. Also take plenty of water. The final summit is not for those faint of heart. You need to scramble over a fairly thin ridge of boulders and then make it up a very steep hill where the footing is somewhat loose.

hiking
26 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

Ran this today for the first time. Great trail but a little hard to follow on the scramble up to the saddle. The knifes edge crossing was fun and the last steep ascent is very steep. Went car to car in 3.5 hours and felt pretty good about it.