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Distance: 6 Miles roundtrip to Lower Red Pine Lake
Difficulty: Rated Class 2
Directions: From I-15 take 9000 S. exit. E on 9000 S. to 9400 S. Stay E to Y in road at Wasatch Blvd. from Y it is about 5.5 miles to White Pine/Red Pine trailhead
The trail begins on an old jeep road for the first mile and is a shared pathway with the White Pine Trail
After one mile, the trails split and Red Pine crosses White Pine Creek across the footbridge to the right. At this point, the trail traverses the mountain where you will get spectacular views along the way of Snowbird Ski Resort and the Salt Lake Valley.
After the traverse, the trail enters Red Pine Canyon where it does get steep and Rocky in areas. About 2.5 miles into the trail, another footbridge crosses the creek to the Maybird Gulch area.
The final stretch leads to the Lower Red Pine Lake and some spectacular scenery. It is the hardest part of the hike but worth the climb as you hike over steep, rocky areas. Reaching the crest at the treeline, gives you awesome view of of the lake. You may also get lucky enough to see the wildlife at their waterhole. I saw a bull and cow moose the day I went. If you are fortunate enough to see moose, stay far away from them as they can be aggressive. They do not spook easily like deer and will even stop to watch you.
For those who want to continue to Upper Red Pine Lake, follow the trail around the lake. At the southeast corner of the lake, take the trail which makes another 400 foot climb to the treelike where you will find the lake.
Turn around for a great out and back day hike and enjoy to downhill.
Take plenty of water, a few snacks as it can take 2.5 to 3 hours. depending on how fast you hike. A good pair of hiking shoes is a must on this trail because of the rocks.
Red Pine Trail is definitely a must see in Little Cottonwood Canyon.