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Red Castle Lake
Red Castle Lake as seen from the saddle from the start of the Northeast Ridge. 8/30/2006


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seth@LOKILooks like a pair...


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of lungs? Pretty but doesn't sound pretty...

Thanks for the shot, I'm intrigued.
Posted Nov 17, 2006 6:35 am

gjagielsRe: Looks like a pair...


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Thanks, yes it does actually! Glad you enjoyed!
Posted Nov 19, 2006 4:20 am

ZeeJayRed Castle Lake


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My USGS map labels this lake as Red Castle Lake (11295). Upper Red Castle Lake (11542) is out of view to the left. The two very small lakes in the picture are not given any names or elevations.
Posted Oct 1, 2009 7:13 pm

lcarreauRe: Red Castle Lake


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Thank you, Zee!

Actually, I always get confused when I'm
"bombarded" with all those pictures of lakes,
basins and peaks emulating from the Uintas.

I always figured that the larger one, shaped
like "lungs," was indeed Red Castle Lake,
but I wasn't positive until I looked at a
topo and saw your posted comment.

Posted Oct 1, 2009 8:50 pm

lcarreauRe: Red Castle Lake...


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Psssst, Judy and Greg...

Was just reading in my High Uinta Trails book that at 175 acres, Red Castle Lake is the largest natural lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Upper Red Castle Lake sits on a bench about
1/2-mile south of the main lake. There is no
trail but you can follow the stream up to it.

Upper Red Castle Lake lies at the NW base of
Wilson Peak.

Is that BALD Mtn. above the lake in this pic?

Posted Oct 1, 2009 9:30 pm

ScottRe: Red Castle Lake...


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Red Castle Lake is the largest natural lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Some books say that, but I believe Grandaddy Lake is bigger (it depends on who's measurements you use, but on the map it appears so). Red Castle is prettier though.
Posted Oct 1, 2009 10:50 pm

lcarreauRe: Red Castle Lake...


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You may very well be correct.

The information I posted was taken from a
book published (in SLC) in 1974.

Agreed that Red Castle is very pretty !!

I've had boy scouts report that Grandaddy
Lake is a bit larger in early summer, and
then becomes boggy on the southeast side.
Posted Oct 1, 2009 11:33 pm

ZeeJayRe: Red Castle Lake...


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Larry, I've got the same book as well as the updated 1993 edition and read the same thing just a few days ago. I just looked at Red Castle Lake and Grandaddy Lake side by side and would say it's a tough call.

As to Bald Mountain, it's on that ridge, but waaaay down there, so I don't think it's visible.
Posted Oct 1, 2009 11:52 pm

lcarreauRe: Red Castle Lake...


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That's what I like best about the High Uintas;

it's extremely hard to accurately judge the
size and comparative distance of landforms.

Especially after "overdosing" on saltine
crackers and granola bars. Thanks, Judy.

: ))))))
Posted Oct 2, 2009 12:03 am

gjagielsRe: Red Castle Lake


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Thanks! I'm not sure how I got that wrong as my map shows it the same way, thanks for pointing it out!

Posted Oct 9, 2009 2:23 pm

woodsnativeRe: Red Castle Lake


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I think the key word there is 'natural' lake. If you go to the outlet stream which leaves Grandaddy Lake, there seems to be a dam made of boulders there. I'm no expert but it looks man-made. That would leave Red Castle to be the largest of the natural lakes.
Posted Apr 22, 2013 4:24 pm

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