Yesterday, I flew from Chicago to Utah for a conference at the Utah Valley University. As an avid hiker, I never miss an opportunity to hit the trails in Utah, one of my favorite places on Earth. One could spend a lifetime experiencing the natural wonders of Utah and only scratch the surface. On this trip, I went directly from the airport to hike the Wasatch Mountains, which were in full Fall glory. Given my flight, I started rather late to do the Red Pine trail, a challenging hike that takes you to the high ridge of this alpine hike where you can see two gorgeous lakes.
Red Pine Lake is part of the Lone Peak Wilderness Area, which is famous for its wildflowers and striking fall colors. Red Pine Fork has an Upper and Lower Red Pine Lakes that are some of the most breathtaking and tranquil spots that I have encountered over the years.
Unfortunately, I decided to walk around the lake and then took what I thought was the trial. Instead of leading to the trailhead, it took me up another mountain and the upper lake. The result was that I found myself at the top of the mountain as darkness began to fall. I was able to walk out but had to finish in the dark. I felt truly moronic but it was an amazing (albeit exhausting) hike. Of course, my trip to the mountain top is no doubt the reason for the Cubs victory over the Cards in the third game of the playoff.
Give yourself enough time however (including unexpected detours). You will also be stopping for some awesome pictures. I saw a moose, a huge porcupine and other wildlife in addition to incredible scenery. Here are a few pictures.