Monday, April 11, 2011

Peaks: The Pfeifferhorn

Location: Pfeifferhorn, Salt Lake County, UT
Date: July/12-13/2010
Elevation: 11,326 ft.

Pfeifferhorn is part of the south ridge of Little Cottonwood canyon. We took the White Pine Trailhead up to the Red Pine Lakes. The hike is the prettiest I have experienced in the Wasatch. We did not see a single hiker the entire day and the vistas were spectacular. We camped at the upper Red Pine Lake before our early departure for the peak in the morning. After the lakes the trail disappears and the hiking becomes a scramble. It took us an hour and half to scramble to the ridge and traverse the ridge to the peak. From the peak it took another 3 to get back down to the trailhead. The strenuous hike is over 9 miles roundtrip, 3731 ft elevation gain, and should take 5-6 hours total. A must do.