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
3671 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
1 day ago

11.19.17
Deep snow in parts, about 2-3 feet, but a perfect day to get up to the top. It was obviously very icy on the rocks. There was very little wind and the sun was shining. The days do not stay light long enough so I just missed the top before I had to turn around and head back. I will be going back in the spring for sure. Amazing climb with incredible views.

hiking
4 days ago

Made it to the ridge and turned around. Was very windy and a a little icy and snow above red pine

trail running
11 days ago

Beautiful day for a trail run / hike. Turned around at knifes edge due to wind, snow and ice. Very dangerous right now above Red Pine, only attempt with proper equipment. GREAT route!

hiking
15 days ago

Snow kept us from making the last couple hundred feet. Beautiful hike with amazing views!

hiking
28 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

It’s. Hard. And. I hike a lot! I think just because it’s so long. Blanche/sundial has a better view.. but still worth doing once!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Thankfully I didn't bring my 18 moth old there's too much bolder hopping and scrambling to have a child (unless maaaaybe if they're asleep for the last 2 hours). It took my husband and I from 8am -5pm but we took our time on the final summit push.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. There is a ton of snow now and because we get dumped on on the way down. It's pretty sketchy with all the snow but definitely worth it!

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike, highly recommend it.

2 months ago

So fun but a little crazy too

2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago