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@LOKI

seth@LOKI - Nov 17, 2006 6:35 am - Hasn't voted

Looks like a pair...

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

Thanks for the shot, I'm intrigued.

gjagiels

gjagiels - Nov 19, 2006 4:20 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks like a pair...

Thanks, yes it does actually! Glad you enjoyed!

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Oct 1, 2009 7:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Red Castle Lake

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 1, 2009 8:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake

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.

GREAT PICTURE, Greg !!!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 1, 2009 9:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake...

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?

Scott

Scott - Oct 1, 2009 10:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake...

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 1, 2009 11:33 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake...

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.

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Oct 1, 2009 11:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake...

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 2, 2009 12:03 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake...

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.

: ))))))

gjagiels

gjagiels - Oct 9, 2009 2:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Red Castle Lake

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

Greg

woodsnative

woodsnative - Apr 22, 2013 4:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Red Castle Lake

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.

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