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Pfeifferhorn

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Jaunt up to one of the most iconic peaks in Utah.


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Map Key

9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

Out and Back

11,248' 3,428 m

High

7,658' 2,334 m

Low

3,596' 1,096 m

Up

3,595' 1,096 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

109%

Max Grade (47°)

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Overview

This is the most popular route up to the Pfeifferhorn summit. Wonderful views of the Salt lake and Utah valleys. It is a grand adventure once past Red Pine Lake.

Description

This hike follows the Red Pine Lake Trail up to the lake and then continues up to Pfeifferhorn. The start of the hike up to the White Pine Lake Trail turnoff is wide and fairly easy. There is a bridge and the trail remains easy for perhaps a half a mile more. When it turns towards the mountain things start getting a bit harder.

This part of the trail is a lot harder than the White Pine Lake Trail. The trail provides a lot of shade and there is a lot of vegetation until you get to the lake. After you make it past the lake things are taken to a new level. The trail gets a lot steeper and becomes more of a scramble. You'll make your way up to the ridgeline.

From the ridgeline, scramble over boulders. until you reach the last face up the peak. This looks extremely intimidating when approaching it but turns out not to be that bad. The views are amazing from the top. Definitely not a hike to miss.

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Whitney Durham

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  4.9 from 27 votes

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Photos

Looking at the final ascent to the peak.
Mar 19, 2019 near Alta, UT
View of Red Pine Lake from the ridgeline leading to Pfeifferhorn summit.
Sep 5, 2017 near Alta, UT
Mighty Pfiefferhorn!
Jul 14, 2019 near Alta, UT
View of the final ascent leading to the summit of the Pfeifferhorn.
Sep 5, 2017 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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Jun 28, 2020
Jack Schmitz
Did not summit, turned back near final push due to hail and thunderstorms. Went to wrong saddle, not up the ridge above lake. Cool hike
Jun 20, 2020
Kenny Adams
Oct 5, 2019
Alexis Athens
7h 00m
Sep 22, 2019
Neil Pickers
Aug 4, 2019
Jake Westover
Aug 10, 2018
Colby Child
9.6mi — 5h 30m
Aug 3, 2018
Hill McBrayer
Jul 15, 2018
Cameron Titus
Solo. 2:45 to summit. 5:30 lot to lot. 9.6mi — 5h 30m