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Utah's Wasatch Hiking Trails

Red Pine Trail to Salt Lake Overlook
A Short Easy Hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Red Pine Lake
Red Pine Lake
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  • Length: 3 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: negligeable
  • Highest Elevation:8,200 ft
  • Trailhead: 5 1/2 miles into Little Cottonwood Canyon

Head into Little Cottonwood Canyon. After about 5 ½ miles (a little more than a mile after the Tanner's Flat parking area), look for a sign for the White Pine Lake trailhead. Red Pine Lake, White Pine Lake and Maybird Lake are all reached from this trailhead.

Red Pine Lake Trail - Monkeyflower Great news--there is a restroom at this trailhead, so you can get it out of your system in privacy before heading down the trail. There is also a You Are Here map with all the trails in the area.

You will be descending for the first few yards of the trail to the stream. A bridge will let you safely cross and begin the upward journey into the trees. It is a slow steady climb with an easy grade and some beautiful scenery to excite both your eyes and nose.

Red Pine Lake Trail After just under a mile you come to a junction where the White Pine trail heads north and the Red Pine/Maybird trail continues West. Another stream crossing puts you deeper into the trees, and onto the last part of the trail with a slightly steeper grade and some boulders in the path. Keep going and you will come to an opening where you can view the valley and city life below.

Red Pine Lake Trail That's the overlook and the end of this easy trail. Red Pine and Maybird lakes can be reached by continuing on.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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