Pfeifferhorn (via Red Pine Lakes Trail)

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Lone Peak Wilderness

Pfeifferhorn (via Red Pine Lakes Trail) is a 9.2 mile heavily 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: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,713 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

snow

off trail

no dogs

Note: Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. 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
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Summit attempt yesterday. Turned around at the knife edge before the base of the summit. Just too warm up there and the snow was too soft at 10-11 AM. Post holing will be a problem from now until it melts off. Trail to the lake is good but be prepared for snow the last mile.

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
30 days ago

The trails not terrible until you get past upper red pine. Difficult to get on the ridge, I would definitely suggest crampons. We only made it to the east part of pfeifferhorn since we didn’t want to risk the ridgeline but it was still a good time. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

prob not good for sandals right now. spikes needed, snow boots probably good, especially about .25 mile from lake. had to turn around cause I was in sneakers and started postholing. beautiful views down the canyon!!

hiking
5 months ago

forgot to pause recording lol

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
6 months ago

Solo’ed the summit this morning. Pretty much snow and ice from the trailhead all the way up. Trail is well defined and packed down the whole way until the very last homestretch to the summit. Spikes and poles were enough for me to make it up just fine. The part right before the false summit is rough though, a couple feet of snow and very steep stretches. Took me about 4 hours to summit, short summit break, and 2 to get back down. 6:30am to 1pm. Lakes are frozen and beautiful.

running
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Took about 6-7 hours, lots of different terrain with a lot of boulder hopping and scrambling especially towards the end. There’s a few places to filter water from along the way. Amazing views throughout and at the summit.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Trail well marked up to Red Pine lake. There was some snow and Icy patches before getting to the lake as that whole part of the trail seems to be covered in shade most of the day. We took some microspikes just in case, but we never needed them. Once pass the lake is where the adventure really begins as it is where most of the elevation is gained and finding the “actual” trail is a challenge. We used the All Trails map which was super helpful as it clearly marked when we were way off trail. Also, the knife-edge area right before you make your way to the ridge is not as bad as it seems, take your time, use common sense, and maintain three points of contact and you will be fine. At the top the views are spectacular! Took us 6 hours total, including the ~20 or so minutes we spent at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing as always - after Pfeifferhorn, took the ridgeline to south thunder and bushwhacked down bells. See the route in my recordings

hiking
icy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Phenomenal. A beast in its own right. Bring a map, trail is easy to loose, lots of free scramble. Dangerous ridgeline, loads of fun. Great hike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Great hike. Bit of scrambling to get to the top of the ridge. Once you get to there there’s a short section of more exposed scramble and then follow a cut to the top. Excellent hike with a ton of amazing views. Highly recommended. A few spots are starting to get some ice and small snow. A couple of slick spots as well you just have to be mindful of.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
8 months ago

very nice trail easy to access it's a little icy in some spots

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