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Pfeifferhorn

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 4.7 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

68%

Runnable

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 run follows the Red Pine Lake Trail up to the lake and then continues up to Pfeifferhorn. The start of the run 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 run to miss.

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Whitney Durham

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  4.7 from 33 votes

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Photos

View of Red Pine Lake from the ridgeline leading to Pfeifferhorn summit.
Sep 5, 2017 near Alta, UT
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
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

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Nov 30, 2020
Marcie Wallace
Jul 20, 2020
Liz Roux
Tom & Cecilia. Camped at Red Pine Lake. Early morning summit ft. boulder field scrambles and hoary marmots 13mi
Oct 27, 2018
Sydney D
Oct 5, 2018
Shukai Mao
Jun 22, 2018
Erin Phillips
9.6mi
Jun 18, 2018
Grey Liedtke
Sep 2, 2017
Alison McCrary
Jul 20, 2017
Jonathan Ryan
The trails in good shape. It's quite a climb. I would say this is a hard run 10.4mi