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So I did this hike today (OCT 14th) with my wife. It was snowing when we pulled up to the lot but we decided to trek on anyway. The views were beautiful. We saw a total of 6 deer (although two of them may have been the same ones just several hours apart). We also saw a moose. The going got tough towards the top because the last mile or so is about .6 mile elevation. Investing in some spikes for the shoes is probably a great idea. Some gaiters are probably not a bad idea but hiking poles definitely help to probe the snow. The lake was frozen and it was gorgeous. I forgot my sunglasses so when the sun came out the snow kinda hurt my eyes! Some hikers that were there before us said the route up to Pfeiferhorn was too tough because the snow was too deep. Overall great trail. Easy to follow.

really hard, not like a stair master, much higher steps and increasing elevation. met several people from sea level states, requires lots of breaks to 'catch your breath.'

Despite what some reviews say, this is an easy hike, particularly for Utah. You can also access this from the Granite Trailhead. It is generally quite busy and you will see plenty of eager and energetic children on this hike, as with most easy and moderate rated hikes in Utah.

Super easy, but good view. Just a good Sunday stroll.

hiking
9 days ago

This is definitely not hard. It’s moderate. It seems long though and not as pretty as red pine in my opinion. The lake is amazing though and better than red for sure. Without the ending I’d have given a 3 star actually.

hiking
9 days ago

This isn’t too bad. Only hard for about a mile. If you do this hike though, you might as well go one more mile to pfeiferhorn in my opinion though. :)

This trail is probably one of the easier hard rated hikes. If you’ve done Jacobs ladder and summited or even upper bells, this will be pretty easy. Awesome views at the top though. Really fun for a day hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Its snow time and its kind of moderate..Half of the trail covered with light snow, cold at the lake. Moose sightings and fall leaves make this trail awesome!!

It’s ok...pretty views of the mountains at least. It is a short hike but definitely more moderate than easy, just because it’s more of a very steep climb. Pretty much the whole way to the reservoir you are climbing large rocks and high steps. Kind of a pain when you have short legs.

This one is a beast! I was ready for a steep incline (hello, it's a peak) but whew! I was also not prepared for the fairly scary bouldering along an entire ridge. It was made scarier for me due to a lightning strike that tossed rocks up in the air nearby. The trail disappears and you are climbing on rocks with steep drops on either side. It is also windy, so don't wear any hats that wind can grab and pull off- you will lose it forever.

hiking
18 days ago

An amazing trail that offers good rugged uphill trekking.
Bring your hiking poles they will make your life much easier on this one.
Allow yourself extra time for a picnic by the lake.
A beautiful glacier fed lake awaits you.
Wildlife sightings are common, I wore hiking boots for extra ankle support for climbing on rocks.
You can’t go wrong up here on Red Pine or White Pine Lake. Enjoy!

This is one of the best hikes I’ve done in Utah. The trail to Red Pine Lake is lovely, not too steep, adorned by aspens and beautiful views. From there the climb to the ridge features stunning views and solid footing. No soul-crushing scree fields that leave your boots full of rocks. The ridge and summit push require some intense scrambling with plenty of exposure, but it’s all worth it. I finished the round trip in 4:55. It was quicker than I expected.

A great trail with scenic views! Pretty tough trail with constant uphill. Worth it though.

hiking
20 days ago

Trail was in great shape, very little mud, and leaves are changing and look great. Long hike, be prepared, and enjoy the views.

Saw 4 moose and a coyote. There was a bull moose and cow with calf right at the start of the trail by the parking lot and a 4th on the trail. The colors are amazing right now and the view at the top was beautiful.

This trail is absolutely gorgeous. The changing leaves are beautiful right now and the lake is beautiful. We accidentally found ourselves between a Bull moose and cow moose. The cow moose was only about 10 feet away from us so it took us an extra 20 minutes to get down since we decided to backtrack a bit to be safe and wait for the moose to move. I've seen a lot of moose up here. They are such neat animals. Just be careful!

I wouldn’t call this an easy!!! It’s steep the first half mile. Initially brought my 70 year old mom and older sister who were visiting from out of state because it was rated as easy. They wanted a pretty hike. We had to leave, it was way too strenuous for them. So I came back another day. It is busy and lots of families with young kids. It’s a narrow trail in many places and kinda challenging (annoying) when toddlers are blocking the path picking up rocks and parents are just allowing them to block people! The good thing is no dogs are allowed so you don’t have to smell dog urine or worry about stepping in dog feces! Took me about 20-25 minutes to reach the reservoir, with a few stops to catch my breath. The sound of the water in the creek was awesome!

Just did an overnight backpack trip at red pine, and summited pfeifferhorn at sunrise the next morning. Definitely a challenging one, but It is gorgeous right now. Highly recommend. Also, if you happen to see my grey, kids, RVCA hat the fell off my pack on the hike, I'd love you forever for getting it back to me!

Much busier than any other trail I've done in the Wasatch, but gorgeous. Only problem is staying on the trail, as there are "false" tributaries all over the place. We kept losing the trail after Red Pine (Though never straying too far). The final ascent up the Pfeiff looks intimidating from afar but is easy once you're on it. The spine to get there is a little spicier, especially if you're afraid of heights, but it, too, is pretty straightforward. I never felt nervous.

Beautiful scenic hike overlooking the Little Cottonwood Canyon, yellow aspens were vibrant. A consistent uphill not any switchbacks that I can remember. Lots of rocks! Will hike this again

The view was amazing, the hike was very nice We started at 8:15 and back at 1:, plus we spent time at the lake and ate lunch.

Great hike. Amazing views of the entire Wasatch range, including Timpanogos to the south. A word to the wise: pay attention once you summit. I ended up going down the west side of the mountain and got stranded and had to be airlifted out. Also start early. I’m sure I could have hiked out of the next canyon if I had enough light, but after dark I wasn’t taking any chances. Stay safe my friends.

Tough hike but so very worth it for the views!

Ok so it was great and I saw chipmunks, black squirrels, and A MOOSE! But once I got over 9,000 feet, I couldn’t breathe LOL. I grew up in Florida and lived there all my life, so I’m not used to high elevations and I couldn’t breathe worth a damn once we got to 9,000 feet. But it was cool! Would totally go again. Lots of sliding rocks though, be careful coming back down from hiking!!! It’s easy to twist an ankle or fall.

Fantastic! One of my very favorite hikes in the Wasatch. Fairly shady up to Red Pine, then exposed to the summit. I love the big boulder section.

backpacking
1 month ago

Good hike if you are looking for a tougher alpine ascent. Trail is a rock garden and steep to red pine lake. We opted to continue on to upper red pine and stay the night as the .5mi further to upper from red pine lake weeds out a lot of other campers. We ended up choosing our own path up and down from upper red pine and choose to navigate the boulder field. It was a more direct route than using the pseudo trail in place and you really can’t miss locating upper red pine. Recommend bringing minimal water for the ascent to save on weight and just filtering more once at the lake for the return trip.

It’s phenomenal for a trail that’s so close to SLC. Be prepared for a tough ascent past upper Red Pine Lk!

what a great Trail to do just outside of Salt Lake City it's definitely a butt-kicker that's for sure but if you take your time it's doable. the views of the surrounding peaks, the city and Salt Lake itself are magnificent.


I will say that alltrails is definitely way off. on Strava I logged in 10.9 miles and 4000+ ft of elevation gain.


you would think for people that pay for subscriptions to a service for trails that they would always at least be like accurate and up-to-date as much as possible

hiking
1 month ago

so this Trail is definitely rated difficult I hike quite a bit 3 or 4 days a week and for some reason this Trail just kicked my butt I think part of that is that it's very boldery all the way up through the second upper waterfall and the amount of climbing up and over rocks and boulders that's involved it's like doing a stair climber for 3 miles. I underestimated the amount of energy and pace that takes. I was about 1-1.5 miles an hour. to be fair I didn't make it all the way to the reservoir but now knowing what to expect I'm going to give this one another try. def make sure to have enough water least 4lit and snacks..

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