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Red Pine Lake Trail

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Red Pine Lake Trail is a 7.1 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.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,099 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

no dogs

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Very pretty hike that was also challenging without the right gear. There is a ton of snow up there! It’s packed for the first 2ish miles however the last portion is less traveled and deep. I had spikes and it’s more of a snow shoe thing at that point. It was helpful to have a detailed map up there because there are at times many shoe/ski tracks weaving through the forest. I got turned around a couple times and that meant sinking through the deep snow, haha. Beautiful hike and worth it

hiking
icy
snow
19 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! Perfect time of year for it in my opinion. Pretty snow-covered trees and trail. Definitely recommend bringing spikes for your shoes and poles. The last 1/2-1/3 of the way up is steep and icy with packed in snow. No need for snowshoes as the trail is packed in. The lake is frozen and snowed over so it was still pretty, but not the breathtaking blue water.

20 days ago

hiked up to Red Pine on Sat 11/23. nice hike, took 1hr 45 mins to ascend to the lake, 1hr 30 mins to descend to parking lot. trail was packed down pretty well, but it had 4 switchbacks that are not normally on the trail. no wildlife today.

hiking
icy
snow
20 days ago

Beautiful hike! The trail is covered in snow and was a little icy, so our group was very glad to have brought spikes and snowshoes. Really great trail.

hiking
snow
30 days ago

1 month ago

Definitely doable trail. For the difficulty level it was a great payout. amazing sites all the way up. snow through most of the way so good grip shoes are needed and pole definitely help. walked right by a moose so need to watch the track and not spook them. awesome trail through and through

hiking
1 month ago

Went 11/3 and was packed down all the way to the lake.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Love this trail. We had snow from the parking lot. Boots with good traction a must. Poles were helpful, especially on the downhills. Most of us were glad we had spikes for the way back. Did this with our 9 and 14 year olds. It’s uphill all the way to the lake, but it’s a good trail, even in the snow, and we all felt the trip was doable and worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful Trail. Very little traffic today. Snow and ice starts at the trailhead so plan accordingly for your comfort level. The ice on the stream is picturesque. Time restrictions allowed us to go 3.5 miles up before turning around. The trails is sufficiently packed and easy to follow.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

What a beautiful hike! It was like walking through a winter wonderland. We didn’t see any moose or bears today. But a lot of deer! The higher up you go the more snow. So dress accordingly. We completed the trail (out and back) in 4 hrs total, it would have taken 3.5hrs but we stopped a few times for pictures and to take in the scenery, especially at the lake. The last 1.5 miles before getting to the lake is where most of the incline is. But with a few breaks and proper boots, it wasn’t that bad. Trail was easy to follow and we did not pass any other hikers. It was nice having the trail to ourselves.

hiking
off trail
snow
1 month ago

Trails were covered in snow when I left at 10am. It pretty easy to go off trail and made this hike pretty tough. I backtracked a few times. Regardless, it was still a beautiful hike with it snowing the entire trek. It might have been a bit more manageable as the day went on, temperature warmed up, and more people packed down trails.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Such a fun trail! Went about halfway then we got too cold from our sweat. Very snowy in areas, so be cautious! But it was so beautiful, like stepping into Narnia.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Ok trail- pretty busy. Trail is rocky. Lots of slippery snow today!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! The trail has been revised this year with some switchbacks. It’s a little longer, but a little easier too. Although, it’s still pretty tough. Lake is super low this time of year.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Great hike. Not too challenging. Parts of the trail had ice on it. Saw a moose on the way up and then saw two black bears on the way down. Just keep your head up.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on 10/13/19 The lake was frozen, but it still looked nice! Some parts of the trail had ice and were also muddy, so be careful! Trail was not too bad on the first hour, but after that, it was difficult for me (considering that I am not really athletic! Haha). But also, this is a great time to hike this trail because the fall leaves are blooming! Really beautiful fall colors! Overall, nice trail! Red Pine is definitely a good autumn hike :)

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Some ice on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

long, good, you're almost there when you start to swear!

I helped the city repair red pine dam. The water level is low and therefore not quite as pleasant but it was exciting to experience the new trail cuts, they are wonderful additions to this route. Fall colors are ramping up. Such a beautiful place. Keep in mind there are several sections of trail that have water running down it and as such become very slippery when temperatures dip below freezing, or just plain muddy. Take the extra time to go to upper red pine And up to the ridge toward Pfeifferhorn if you dare :). It's amazing

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

beautiful views. Pine Lake Lake was worth the hike up but the lake water level was very low.

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