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Red Castle Lakes Backpacking Guide – High Uintas

Red Castle Lakes Backpacking Guide – High UintasGorgeous alpine meadows and pitch-perfect backcountry camping make this area, especially at sunset, a wonderland. It gets its name from the red castle-like peaks that stand like a fortress above the basin. With the ability to visit three different lakes along the trail, you could easily spend three days here, though most complete the trip in two. The landscape here is unbelievably photogenic, so don't forget your camera. The Red Castle Peak downright glows at sunset. QUICK FACTSDistance: 20 miles (32 km) round-trip Days Needed: 2-3 days Elevation Gain: 1,437 feet (438 m)Peak Elevation: 10,824 feet (3,300 m)Best Travel Time: Late June - October, depending on snow levelHIGHLIGHTSWildlife, including owls, elk, moose, mule deer Fascinating geology Fantastic photo oppsBeautiful lakes and streamsBeautiful meadows and wildflowersNicely graded trail, never too steepGreat fishing opportunitiesDogs allowed (leashed)LOWLIGHTSCan be busy on weekendsRough rock strewn landscapeMuddy, rocky... Read More »

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