Red Pine Lake

This is my first blog post about a hike I can’t drive to from my house! Most of the hiking/rafting/skiing posted here is either right in the Roaring Fork Valley or within a 4 hour drive (6 to Lake Powell). Still it’s a short flight to Salt Lake City from Aspen, Grand Junction, Eagle or Denver and great for a weekend getaway! I had the opportunity to be in Salt Lake so as well as driving to look at the ski resorts I also did this amazing hike. The trailhead for Red Pine Trail (and White Pine Trail) is about 5.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon. The hike itself is about 7.5 miles roundtrip including the upper lake. It is a really pretty hike to the lower lake. At this time of year there was quite a bit of snow between the lower and upper lakes so we lost the trail a couple of times and did a bit of scrambling to regain it! At the upper lake we met a girl who had just come off the Pfeifferhorn. She was wearing shorts but said it was cold and windy at the top! We were impressed as it looked really gnarly from where we were standing! A great hike – overall it took us about 5.5 hours from the trailhead to the upper lake and back. It would have been 4.5 just to the lower lake and back.

Red Pine Trail view to Salt Lake CityRed Pine Lake (lower)Lower Red Pine Lake


About Bronwyn

Hi. I moved to the Aspen area from Australia in 1997 and have a daughter born right here in Aspen in 2000. I teach skiing (for the past eighteen seasons) and am a Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers Roaring Fork.. I love to ski, snowboard, horse-ride, raft, and hike with our dog Sheila. This valley offers so much and one day I may also take up golf or fishing!
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