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Red Pine Lake Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 2,221 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

Supervisor's Office (801) 999-2103 857 West South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm Salt Lake Ranger District 6944 South 3000 East Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 (801) 999-2103

Note: Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. The White Pine trailhead is on the south side of the road, 5.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon and 0.7 miles below Snowbird. The turnoff for the parking area is just after a turn and is easy to miss. Start slowing down just after the "White Pine Slide Area" sign. An asphalt path leads from the parking area to a footbridge across the stream. No Fires.

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Reviews (1330)
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Recordings (782)
Completed (3551)
Zach Gerndt
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Hiking

This was my favorite hike so far this year. We started at about 7:45 and were back at the car by 11:30. The hike was shaded almost the entire time. Recommend starting early!

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Braydon Mason
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Hiking

Beautiful. Steep.

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Jacklyn Dean
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. I hadn’t done it in a couple of years so it was fun to go back this morning. I would rate this as moderate. I feel like it wasn’t too hard but hard enough to get a good workout in. The lake is absolutely gorgeous. The wildflowers are out and they are so beautiful. We hiked to the lake and then back tracked to Maybird Gulch lakes and then saw Gloria falls before heading back to the car. The whole thing took about 6 hours. We stopped at Maybird lakes and had a 20 min lunch. I would suggest bringing bug spray. Bugs are crazy right now. The only turn off to this hike would be the crowds. We arrived at the trailhead at 6:00am and the crowds were still quite numerous. So just plan for that.

Lauren Phelps
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Hiking

This is one of my favorite hikes! The wildflowers are unbelievable right now and the lake is fun to walk around. It’s not really steep until sections about 1 mile away from the lake. Other than that a good steady incline and good workout!

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Sheldon Bagley
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Hiking

Great hike but it’s pretty crowded.

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John H
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful hike as always. I noticed that the forest service (or someone) last summer constructed three new sets of switchbacks at some of the steepest and rockiest sections. That helps out a bit. I arrived at the lake at about 10:15 AM and wasn't bothered by bugs. Also did the spur over to Maybird gulch and lakes on the way down since I hadn't done that before. It was nice because no one else was on that trail. the lakes are small and not much to see, but you get a great view of the Pfeifferhorn Peak right above the lakes. Would recommend.

Heather Farley
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Hiking

Beautiful mountain trail. The lake is breathtaking. Lost the trail for a bit heading up to pfeifferhorn but found it again before I hit the ridge. Almost didn’t finish the last .5 mile because it looks so steep. It was not as bad as it looked. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Bring plenty of water because this is a difficult hike. Amazing views at the top. You can see Utah county and Salt Lake county at the same time.

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Catherine Chamberlain
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HikingRocky

Great starter hike for anyone new to the area — substantial, but can be out and back in 3 hours (it took us 2:35, did not stop except to take a few photos). Wildflowers in full swing today, mostly shaded. Packed parking lot, expect to park on the street if arriving after 8 on a weekday.

Morgan Pitcher
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David Long
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If you hike in the evening prepare to be swarmed by gnats and mosquitos as you get higher. The hike does indeed gets steep near the end. 31 years old and pretty out of shape here, but I managed to make it to the top with much suffering.

Eileen AV
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HikingBugsRocky

The views and wildflowers were amazing. Most of the hike was shady. The lake is very pretty and worth the last mile of strenuous hiking. It is too bad there were so many bugs near the top since we left the lake sooner than planned to get away from them. Wearing a mask through the buggy area actually helped! We ran into a down pour during last 3 miles of our descent.

Jami Stillwell
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HikingBugs

Great hike overall! The scenery along the trail is lovely but not spectacular -- some scattered wildflowers and a couple of lookout points for taking in the valley below. But Red Pine Lake is GORGEOUS and 100% worth the climb. I hiked this at the end of July and the meadows around the lake were bursting with wildflowers at peak bloom. So stunning. Saw an American Pika up by the lake, and a bunch of chipmunks along the trail. Partial shade most of the way, and the elevation makes for nice cool temps. One thing I really enjoyed about this particular lake is that there is a well-groomed trail around the entire lake, with some great spots along it for hammocking. Highly recommend planning a little extra time to hammock and take in the beauty. Also, definitely take the quick detour at the beginning for Gloria Falls -- only like 500 feet out of the way and totally worth it. Somehow both times I've hiked Little Cottonwood this summer I've been hit by a rainstorm-- don't know if that's typical or just a fluke, but prolly a good idea to have a lightweight rain jacket in your pack just in case. Was definitely glad for mine. One last thing to note is that the parking for this trail is the same as for White Pine, Pfiefferhorn, and Gloria Falls, so it gets crowded FAST. There was lots of foot traffic on the trail until past Gloria Falls, and then it mellowed out a bit.

Andrew Jeon
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Alexis Bard
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful this morning. Left at 7:30, very few people on trail. Weather was perfect. Cool and breezy in the morning which made for an easier “hard” hike. Total hiking time approx 2.5 hrs, exploring/photography time also 2.5 hours. The wildflowers were unbelievable. One of the prettiest hikes I have been on in Utah.

Kristine A.
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HikingBugsRocky

Beautiful trail the whole way! A few step sections, but there were flatter sections to break it up. The lake is beautiful. It was really windy up there today, so we didn’t stay long because it was chilly. If you want to hang out, bring a jacket. Because of the wind the mosquitoes weren’t too bad, but I could see how they could be worse on a more calm day. The trail was fairly busy on Friday, but not too crazy (except the bottom section before the fork was super busy by afternoon when we came down.) Definitely worth it. I would do this hike again.

Felicia Ramirez
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Amanda G she is doing well luckily to be alive and is recovering nothing broken but everyone be careful.

Megan Verno
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HikingMuddy

This was one of the most beautiful and lovely hikes! It’s a gradual climb for the first three miles and then more steep the last mile where there are switch backs that veer off and on the All Trails mapped trail. It was partly shaded most of the trail when we hiked between 8:30-12:30. The lake was breathtaking! Quite chilly up there with the wind, but that helped with mosquitoes. Definitely use bug spray and bring a light jacket in case you get chilled at the top. I will do this hike again for sure.

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Amanda G.
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Hiking

A woman fell this evening half way up the trail and was life flighted out. Does anyone know how she is doing?

Kevin M. Nipote
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Highly recommend!

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Brittany Merriman
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One of my favorites. The wildflowers are amazing right now. My phone died halfway through my recording though so don’t use that.

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Julia Bandoni
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HikingBugsRocky

This hike was definitely worth the hard up hill! The whole way up it’s so green and pretty with lots of wildflowers. The view once you reach the lake is beautiful! We brought a few snacks and sat on some rocks by the lake while others brought their hammock. Great spot!

Marie Hollinger
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This is a very pretty trail, especially now, so many wildflowers!!!

Mary N
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