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Bruce ChristensenRed Pine Lake
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2007

Bruce Christensen

Met a group of people from SummitPost, including Cougarclimber, Ammon Hatch, climbingchic, elessar, and madjohnbo. elessar's friend Lars also came along.

Left the White Pine trailhead at around 5:15am, made it up the Pfeifferhorn's east ridge at around 10am. Decided to turn around due to time and safety (the summit pyramid was a bit more than some people wanted to stomach).

Snow conditions were inconsistent. Used (and definitely needed) snow shoes on the way in, but the was a mix of hard icy snow (good for crampons) with patches of crust over power (better for snow shoes), with a good measure of hidden (and not so hidden) rocks thrown in for good measure. I decided to leave the crampons at the trailhead and just used my MSR snow shoes. They were great for most of the trip, but as we got on the steeper sections of the ridge I wished that I had brought the crampons.

Avalanche conditions were the best of the season when we went, but I was still a little nervous. I noticed a few point-release sluffs on steep side slopes on the way out that I hadn't noticed on the way in.

Beautiful scenery. Definitely worth doing.

Our planning fo the trip happened in this thread: http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=23718&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=150
Posted May 28, 2007 4:34 pm

mightykevfirst time!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2007

mightykev

Went up Red Pine to the ridge and went straight to the summit. Came back the same way and glissaded from the ridge above red pine back to the lake. Awesome climb :)
Posted May 20, 2007 7:39 pm

soccermanVia Red Pine
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2007

soccerman

Went to the base of it after traversing the ridge. Didn't like the avalanche danger and decided to not test the fates this day.

Went again on June 30, 2007 and finished easily this time. A much easier hike in the summer. Went via Red Pine again.
Posted Feb 28, 2007 6:26 am

Lubosvia red pine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006

Lubos

I just did Pfeifferhorn today again, during the heavy snow storm. It was awesome. I was breaking trail all the way up and all the way down because of the mass of new snow and strong wind. It took me 12,5 hours roundtrip. This mountain is great.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 2:40 am

CubicleSlaveAlmost
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2007

CubicleSlave

Didn't like the look of the avalanche danger on the final summit.. stopped at the ridge.. I'll bag this one pretty soon though!
Posted Feb 21, 2007 6:41 am

LubosPfeifferhorn - Red Pine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2007

Lubos

It seems to be one of my favorite peaks this year. Went up classically over the Red Pine lake. It was sunny but very cold windy day. No one on the mountain all day.
Posted Feb 11, 2007 5:43 pm

BassoonI'll get you yet..
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2006

Bassoon

First mountaineering trip. Went up via Red Pine Lake trail, but we didn't make the summit because of bad snow conditions.
Posted Dec 18, 2006 3:36 am

danthaman1080a great winter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006

danthaman1080

We made it in the snow, been up here before in the summer. Quite a view from the top. The final climb to the top was interesting. Luckily neither one of us slipped.
Posted Nov 1, 2006 3:51 am

apachedinoNice Glissading
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2004

apachedino

Attempted once in the winter, but turned back due to unfavorable conditions. Once int he summer via red pine and another as a part of the spectacular Beatout hike. Very recomended, just make sure you start early and know your way around Bells from above. I hope to come back for a winter attempt on the North Ridge.
Posted Oct 7, 2006 5:24 pm

OutdoorpartnerNice scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2002

Outdoorpartner

Very nice alpine lakes along the hike.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 6:19 am

renogurtGood all year  Sucess!

renogurt

This one is always good. I think its best in the winter. The ridge gets pointy, the summit pyramid is steep, and the ride down is usually knee deep powder.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 2:04 am

climbingchicperfect day for a hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2006

climbingchic

Always a nice hike! The weather was perfect! Good timing! even gotta listen to conference. And I even got to watch a wedding take place on the top. That was an interesting sight! But back to the hike. I think its the 10th or 12th time on that peak. I like to do it every year. I just wish there was much more scrambling to it! Nice nonetheless! :)
Posted Oct 4, 2006 2:54 pm

eric9262Labor Day labor  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

eric9262

Flew in from Atlanta on Labor Day and got a late start. Met 40 people on the Red Pine Lake trail and met 6 more above Red Pine Lake coming off the Phieff. Did some large boulder hopping up to the upper lake. I skipped a portion of the scramble and skirted to the south and was alone on top with gnats. I figured out the ridge scramble on the way down. Hit the trailhead just before dark. Very cool mountain!
Posted Sep 9, 2006 2:37 am

Rocky AlpsRoute Climbed: East Ridge via Red Pine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006

Rocky Alps

My favorite overall hike in the Central Wasatch to this point. This hike had a little bit of everything, and wasn't as difficult as some of the others I've done. It started off with a trail through aspen and pine trees, wound around Red Pine Lake (with great views of Cottonwood Ridge to the north and lots of colorful wildflowers), had some boulder-hopping from the lake on up to the east ridge, and a short bit of fun scrambling on the east ridge before the final ascent to the summit. Quite a few people were on the mountain this day, which is understandable because for a relatively short hike you get a lot of bang for your buck. The cliff on the summit was pretty cool as well. See "Little Cottonwood Canyon Doubleheader" trip report for details.
Came back and hiked Pfeifferhorn again as part of the Beatout Hike on 6/27/14 with David and Kendrick, where we caught some awesome new views of the west side of the peak (see a "Misty Mountains" trip report for details).
Posted Aug 21, 2006 8:22 pm

Ed FEast Ridge via Red Pine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

Ed F

Very scenic.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 4:08 am

J AndersonSee ya later nice times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2004

J Anderson

My first and only snow acent. I'd like to do it again.
Posted Aug 12, 2006 10:11 am

craghagVia Red Pine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2004

craghag

Great day! I saw lots of people going up and down but was a lone chick on the summit!
Posted Aug 8, 2006 3:44 am

pbogenRoute: Red Pine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006

pbogen

Absolutely gorgeous hike... One of the best I've done anywhere. Sunday morning so basically had the whole trail to ourselves on the way up (there were seven of us). This is a fun & varied trail. The knife edge traverse is simple if you stay on the little cottonwood side of the ridge for most of the way. Trail is steep in parts and it helped to bring a hiking pole for the way down.
Posted Aug 7, 2006 10:51 pm

RenardoLots of fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2004

Renardo

This is a great mountain! Nice views on the approach and a fun scramble to the summit!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 9:03 pm

Jeremy FranchowRoute climbed: Red Pine

Jeremy Franchow

9/9/2001---My first 11'er in the Wasatch!
7/8/2003---Red Pine / Beatout
9/9/2006---Red Pine / Maybird Gulch descent
Began at 330am. Made the summit under an almost full moon at 630am. Cold and windy. Just under the peak on the Dry Creek side, a pack of coyotes sang just as a red sun began peeking over the smoky horizon.
Posted Aug 4, 2006 10:47 pm

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