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via Red Castle Lakes

via Red Castle Lakes

via Red Castle Lakes

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Object Title: via Red Castle Lakes

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: A few days

Difficulty: Class 2

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Created/Edited: Aug 31, 2006 / Aug 31, 2006

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See the Getting There section on the main page for directions to China Meadows. From China Meadows, follow the Smiths Fork trail south towards Red Castle lakes. This route is entirely class 1 until you reach the Upper Red Castle Lake.

Route Description

Round Trip Distance : 27 mi
Elevation Gain : 3500 ft

Trail Overview
Trail Overview

Begin hiking from China Meadows and head south towards Red Castle Lakes. The trail is easy to follow and well used. There are several stream crossings made easy by bridges. Follow the trail for approximately 8.5 miles to the intersection with the East and West Red Castle Lakes trails. Continue straight, heading towards the Lower and Upper Red Castle Lakes. Shortly after the trail intersection you will pass Lower Red Castle Lake. From the intersection continue for approximately 3 miles to the Upper Red Castle Lake. You will pass the Red Castle to your left.

Red Castle Lakes Route Overview
Red Castle Lakes Overview

Once at the Upper Red Castle Lake, you will have a good view of your route up, seen here. The route up is the ridge to the far right. Now, go around the lake on its west side, there is not much of a trail from here on. Ascend the ridge seen in the photo and then gain Wilson’s summit ridge. Traverse east along the summit ridge for approximately ¾ a mile; you will then reach the summit. The traverse is kept at class 2.

Essential Gear

Backpacking gear for a few days, water sources can be found along the way.


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