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Lower Red Pine Lake Loop

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Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 39' 12 m
Descent: -40' -12 m
High: 9,604' 2,927 m
Low: 9,582' 2,921 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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Trail shared by Tomsen Reed

A beautiful, quick tour of lower Red Pine Lake with some fun and challenging terrain.

Tomsen Reed

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

Description

This short trail goes all the way around Lower Red Pine Lake, and provides access to several good camping spots around the lake. As it travels around the east side, the trail is well-defined and maintained and makes for easy hiking. As it goes around the south side, the trail narrows in places and splits off into different spur trails to camping areas and so becomes slightly harder to follow, but as long as you generally keep close to the lake you can't go wrong.

The trail crosses the inlet of lower Red Pine Lake at the far southern end, and then enters a portion of the trail where it narrows and the vegetation grows thickly around it. At the southwest end, the trail somewhat disappears in a pile of large talus, but the trail can be seen on the other side, and the talus can be somewhat fun to jump across.

After getting back on the trail, it winds through a small forest and then the trail opens up again as it reaches the dam at the northwest end of lower Red Pine Lake. It can be a fun balancing exercise to hike across the top of the concrete portion of the dam, or it is also easy to just hike on either side of the dam across to the trail on the other side. The trail then passes by another patch of camping areas, and then meets up with the original Red Pine Lake Trail again.

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Wildflowers.

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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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