Red Pine Lake is a popular trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) that leads you to a beautiful alpine lake that sits at 9,600 ft. The trail is very easy to follow, and can become very crowded on weekends, so mid-week is better for less people. Along the way be sure to stop at Gloria Falls, a 75 ft waterfall that flows down White Pine Fork. This trail is popular for runners, backpackers looking to spend a night at the lake, and hikers aiming for the Pfeifferhorn summit. This trail gradually gains 2,000 ft elevation in just 4 miles one way so your legs better be ready for a work out! Kids can do this trail if they have experience with this kind of mileage/gain, however, dogs are NOT allowed on this trail since they are not allowed in LCC at all.Drive 5.4 miles up LCC and turn right into the parking lot for the Red Pine/White Pine TH. Here is a driving map.Distance: 7.8 miles RTElevation gain: 2,000 ftTime: 3-5 hoursDog Friendly? No, dogs are not allowed in LCCKid Friendly? Yes, ages 10+Begin by hiking behind the port-a-potty. The trail curves around to the left.Cross the first bridge.In 1 mile reach the first major trail split, staying right for Red Pine.Cross the 2nd bridge.Just after you cross the 2nd bridge, turn left up what looks like a game trail and follow the creek until you reach Gloria Falls. Wow, what a cool waterfall! From the TH to here is only 1.3 miles.Back on the main trail continue following the trail as you pass the official Lone Peak Wilderness sign.The views really open up here.At 3.3 miles reach the next trail split. Stay straight for Red Pine. Only 1 mile to go! July is a perfect time to see all the wildflowers!Pretty meadow.There is one section that is very steep and rocky. Jill leads the way.And at 4.2 miles reach Red Pine Lake!More wildflowers!Loving my Gotta get the rock pose haha!Jill also taught me how to capture the perfect running shot!Pano of lake. What a great evening run! Hiking to Cecret Lake & Sugarloaf PeakShare me on Pinterest!

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Central Utah, Hiking