The Pfeifferhorn - October 11, 2015

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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.


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Information sign near trailhead

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Mileage sign

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Hiking along the old Jeep road

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Scatman Jr. - I love the facial expression!

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Lone Peak Wilderness Boundary

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Twin Peaks on the Cottonwood Ridge

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Red Pine Lake looking west

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Red Pine Lake along with Twin Peaks, Sunrise Peak and Dromedary Peak in the background

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Heading to the ridge

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First view of the Pfeifferhorn

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Utah Lake in the distance

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Knife's edge ridge and the Pfeifferhorn

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Nearing the base of the Pfeifferhorn

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View from the top - The Cottonwood Ridge to the north

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

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View from the top - Mount Timpanogos to the south - sorry, bad sun angle

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


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Red Pine and Upper Red Pine Lakes

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Aspen glow on the way down

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More Aspen


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More Aspen

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Looking 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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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!
 

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I like the Ironman pic!
I love the Pfeifferhorn, and this was a great report.
 

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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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