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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Mountain Map: The Wasatch Front, UT

Minutes from Salt Lake City, The Wasatch Front is a gold mine for adventure. The 2.1-million-acre area includes 22 peaks above 11,000 feet and with at least 300 feet of prominence, houses 78 bikeable miles on 11 different bike trails, and boasts an average of 226 sunny days annually.

by: Becky Kivlovitz

Sunset Peak (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Sunset Peak (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Twin Peaks (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Twin Peaks (Photo by Trevor Dubock)

The Pfeifferhorn (Little Matterhorn Peak)
Find solitude at a lakeside campsite and bag an 11,000-plus-foot summit just 45 minutes from downtown. Day 1: From the White Pine trailhead, climb 1,900 feet in 3.2 miles to Red Pine Lake’s azure expanse. Basecamp on the eastern fringe for front-row views of Thunder Mountain’s crumbling cap. Day 2: Ascend .5 mile on a climber’s trail to the bench containing Upper Red Pine Lakes (scan for mountain goats), then traverse .4 mile southwest over boulders and talus to a 10,897-foot false summit. From there, navigate west on the airy saddle for a final mile of climbing switchbacks to Pfeifferhorn’s summit. Spectator sport: Look north for rock climbers on granite outcroppings. Trip ID* 728169




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