The Pfeifferhorn - October 11, 2015


Dec 23, 2013
A coworker, Scatman Jr. and I did a day hike to the top of the Pfeifferhorn on Sunday. I hadn't done this hike in four years and the last time I did, there was quite a bit of snow to contend with. I was looking forward to hiking it in dry conditions. The fall weather was absolutely perfect for the hike. It took us roughly eight hours round trip which included lunch at the top along with a quick break at Red Pine Lake on the way up and a short break on the way down.
On our way down, the aspens glowed in the afternoon sun which gave a different feel and look than hiking up in the shade of the mountains.

Information sign near trailhead

p01.jpgMileage sign

p02.jpgHiking along the old Jeep road

Scatman Jr. - I love the facial expression!

Lone Peak Wilderness Boundary

p06.jpgTwin Peaks on the Cottonwood Ridge

p07.jpgRed Pine Lake looking west

p08.jpgRed Pine Lake along with Twin Peaks, Sunrise Peak and Dromedary Peak in the background

p09.jpgHeading to the ridge

p10.jpgFirst view of the Pfeifferhorn

p11.jpgUtah Lake in the distance

Knife's edge ridge and the Pfeifferhorn

p14.jpgNearing the base of the Pfeifferhorn

p15.jpgView from the top - The Cottonwood Ridge to the north

View from the top - Beat-out Ridge looking west with Lone Peak at the end

p17.jpgView from the top - Mount Timpanogos to the south - sorry, bad sun angle

p18.jpgAmy, Scatman and Jr. on the top. I'm about to use my Iron Man powers to fly us down to the trailhead.

p19.jpgRed Pine and Upper Red Pine Lakes

p21.jpgAspen glow on the way down

More Aspen

p23.jpgMore Aspen

p24.jpgLooking up Little Cottonwood canyon towards Snowbird

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Great report Hugh. That's some peak! So I guess it hasn't started snowing on the peaks yet out there? When I was planning my quick trip out to SLC last year I considered doing this but just didn't have the time. I remember being drawn to it by these pics of it that I had found online. Red Pine Lake looks like a really nice place to camp.


Great report Hugh. That's some peak! So I guess it hasn't started snowing on the peaks yet out there? When I was planning my quick trip out to SLC last year I considered doing this but just didn't have the time. I remember being drawn to it by these pics of it that I had found online. Red Pine Lake looks like a really nice place to camp.

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It snowed up top a couple of weeks ago but almost all of it has melted. You can camp at Red Pine Lake. There is a nice spot on the south end of the lake for a few tents. We actually passed two groups of two backpackers each heading to Red Pine for the night on our way down.
Red Pine looks awesome in the fall! A lot of those Wasatch lakes look really drained, low and ugly this late in fall. Thanks for sharing!
I like the Ironman pic!
I love the Pfeifferhorn, and this was a great report.
Sweet pictures :scatman: The Pfeifferhorn was always on my hit list while I lived in SLC but conditions always kept me away. Thanks for letting me vicariously get there.
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