Oops....Red Pine to Alpine Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2004
What an outstanding trip! I did this one the first time by myself. The ridge was straigtforward and absolutely beautiful. At on point I moved too far out to the south and had to 5.5 my way up hundreds of feet back up to the ridge. Then came the fun part. Instead of going over into Bell's, I followed a cairn trail (because my guide told me to follow the cairn trail to Upper Bell's) to the South ending up in the town of Alpine. The hike was amazing and hitchhking back to Salt Lake was a lovely experience. Lessons learned? Never trust cairn trails from year to year and people in Alpine are not likely to pick you up even if you appear to be an inoccent, if slightly ragged and insane looking hiker.
I have had the priviledge of doing this classic Wasatch Mountain Club ridge run many times over a thirty year period. I think the first time was 1975 or 1976 and I remember that I wore a borrowed climbing helmet!
Harold Goodro lead this trip for the Wasatch Mountain Club. Our biggest problem was crossing the swollen stream in White Pine (no bridge) and dealing with the crossings in Bells - Lightning Ridge was spectacular!