Gorgeous 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 »
This loop explores a gorgeous alpine mountain basin with every enticement you dream of — misty mountain meadows, tall pines, small lakes and winding streams that tie it all together. And if that weren’t enough, the whole scene is framed by a massive mountain range with Kings Peak at its head. This trip is truly a gem in the High Uintas, with an opportunity for some solitude along the way.
QUICK FACTSDistance: 18.2 miles (29 km) round-trip (depending on itinerary add ons)Days Needed: 2-3 days (depending on itinerary add ons)Elevation Gain: 1,532 feet (467 m)Peak Elevation: 10,830 feet (3,300 m)Best Travel Time: June - OctoberHIGHLIGHTSPossible wildlife sightings, including elk, mule deer, black bearFascinating geology Beautiful lakes and riversTall pinesBeautiful meadows and wildflowersWell-maintained trails for the most partDogs allowed High-country lake fishing LOWLIGHTSMuddy and rocky trails at timesArmies of mosquitos and horseflies, but also ticks and yellow jacketsCold/muddy... Read More »