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Red Pine Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (22)

A steep trail leading to a gorgeous alpine lake with amazing wildflowers in season.


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.4

KM

Point to Point

9,595' 2,925 m

High

7,650' 2,332 m

Low

1,945' 593 m

Up

18' 6 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

After splitting off of the White Pine Trail, the trail ascends to a bridge crossing over White Pine Creek. After the creek crossing, the trail ascends slightly and then contours around the ridge that separates White Pine and Red Pine canyons, through brush and forest. In parts, this ascent up Red Pine Canyon can be steep, but is often manageable as the trail is mostly a smooth singletrack with some rocky portions.

Eventually, the trail meets up with the junction with the Maybird Lakes Trail, and then continues south up Red Pine Canyon instead of crossing the creek. Soon after the trail split, a fork of Red Pine Creek actually crosses the trail and can make it pretty muddy and slippery certain times of the year, but it is generally very shallow.

After the creek crosses the trail, the trail steepens and gets even more rocky, which can be a challenge for going down but is still pretty fun. Eventually, the steepest part of the trail abates and the slope gets gentler as the trail winds through some meadows right before reaching the lake. The actual Red Pine Lake Trail ends at the northern end of the lake, although there is a trail that goes all the way around the lake, as well as another trail that goes up to upper Red Pine Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers in July.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tomsen Reed with improvements by Jacob Crockett

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  4.6 from 22 votes

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Photos

Aspen grove heading up to Gloria Falls.
Sep 8, 2020 near Alta, UT
Looking back into Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Sep 8, 2020 near Alta, UT
A view of the east side of lower Red Pine Lake, as well as part of the trail that goes around the lake.
Aug 2, 2016 near Alta, UT
A view across lower Red Pine Lake to the ridge that separates Red Pine Canyon from Maybird Gulch.
Aug 2, 2016 near Alta, UT

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Oct 10, 2022
Esther Ly
Went with Stevie and Daniel. Super beautiful blue sky day with autumn colors. 2 hrs up, 1.25 hrs down 3.3mi — 3h 15m
Jun 26, 2022
Kayla Hollis
Apr 25, 2022
Jason Huber
Nov 22, 2021
Steven Pitts
Sep 12, 2021
Gosia Majerczyk
piękny szlak!! z grzybami!
Jul 18, 2021
Sara Hoy
7.6mi — 4h 03m
Sep 12, 2020
Scott Wheeler
Aug 9, 2020
Joe Albanese
Started @ White Pine trailhead. My mileage was over 12 after a wrong turn (deducted above). The lake is beautiful! The trail is unspectacular. — 7h 00m