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Red Castle, East Basin

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Distance: 13.9 miles


A Labor Day weekend solo trip up to Red Castle in the Uinta Mountains.
  • 01 First night hotel.jpg
  • 02 Room service.jpg
  • 03 Smith Fork Pass Lake.jpg
  • 04 East Red Fork Basin.jpg
  • 05 Wilson Peak another 1000 feet up.jpg
  • 06 King's Peak over my shoulder.jpg
  • 07 Wolf.jpg
  • 08 My tent.JPG
  • 09 Flat Top Mountain.jpg
  • 10 Good night to Red Castle.JPG
  • 05 Sunset.jpg
  • 11 Time to go home.jpg
  • 12 The allure of the trail.jpg

I hiked up to Lower Red Castle Lake the first day--about 9 miles.  It was raining for the last part of the trip, which made things harder.  I had hoped to go all the way to East Red Castle, but I just got too tuckered out.  Besides, I found a perfectly sheltered, flat, soft spot and wasn't willing to just walk on past.  The second day I backpacked up to Smith's Fork Pass Lake, hoping to set up camp.  But it was just too windy, exposed, and rocky.  I stashed my pack, hiked up over the pass, ate lunch and took some photos, and came back to my pack.  Not wanting to spend a miserable night in those conditions, I decided to carry my pack back down to the previous camp site.  On the way I watched a white wolf along the eastern meadows of the basin.  I didn't even know there were wolves in the area.  That afternoon was perfect: a nap, no hurry, comfortable temperatures, enough sun and a breeze to dry me after washing, and one of those very slow sunsets that I welcomed with full attention and a few tunes on my harmonica.  Moments like those are, for me, the primary allure of backpacking.  The next day I just hiked back to my car, listening to tunes on my MP3 the entire way.  Usually I enjoy the silence, so that was different for me.

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