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The Pfeifferhorn, is the perfectly shaped 11,326' triangular peak located in the most isolated part of the Lone Peak Wilderness Area of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. This extremely rugged Utah mountain is commonly referred to as the "Little Matterhorn". This summit offers a hiking route to the summit which requires some scrambling. There are several technical rock climbing routes with the north ridge being the most popular. This summit also makes an excellent winter mountaineering adventure. Route information is available at

Elevation (feet): 11,326
Elevation (meters): 3,452
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Wasatch Range
State: Utah
Latitude: 40.5333
Longitude: -111.7
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Salt Lake International
Convenient Center: Snowbird

Thanks to Shane Burrows for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 28 trip reports for Pfeifferhorn.

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  • Log #21605 - by Wade Meier on Feb 26, 2009
    At 11,326 feet the Pfeifferhorn is one of the higher peaks in the Wasatch Mountains, about 75 feet higher than neighbor Lone Peak to the west. The climb to the Pfeifferhorn is one of my most...
  • Log #19391 - by Tom Johnson & James Dyal on Sep 27, 2006
    It was a great hike. I was the slow one. I'd recommend a lot of sleep before you go. The scenery was amazing.
  • Log #13610 - by Chris Douglas on Oct 12, 2004
    My first real summit, since moving to the area this summer. I hiked Pfiefferhorn with 3 co-workers (who had a combined age between the 4 of us was 197). We started out at 8AM on 9 Oct '04 and hiked...
  • Log #13611 - by Scott Griffin on June 27, 2004
    The hike was quite interesting and challenging. I started from Red Pine trailhead, passed by Red Pine lakes then did some rock scrambling on the ridge towards the summit. The view was quite...
  • Log #13612 - by Matthew Van Horn on June 08, 2004
    Started at the White Pine trailhead at precisely 6:30 am. My friend Justin and I passed the Red Pine Lakes and went up to the ridge toward the Pfeifferhorn. Still a lot of snow in the Red Pine...
  • Log #13613 - by Matt Jesperson on May 03, 2004
    We slept at Lower Red Pine Lake and summited the following morning. Around noon the snow became dangerously soft and boulders began to fall from the summit. The peak was amazing and the views are...
  • Log #13614 - by Rich and Jill Sippos on Sep 28, 2003
    Wow, what a hike/climb. Fantastic views from the summit. Bright blue sky and no clouds. What a great day and a great hike.
  • Log #13615 - by doug on Sep 22, 2003
    fall foliage, aspens in full glory, hiked in mid 70s full sun from trailhead at 7880 feet, 2:15 pm.   camped at 10,180 feet near hi alpine lake ("upper Red Pine"), got there at 5:30, 15 minutes...
  • Log #13616 - by George Peterson on Aug 26, 2003
    First climbed this peak with my dad after admiring it from the top of Twin Peaks, which we reached by hiking up Deaf Smith. After reaching the summit, we traversed teh ridge eastward to the top of...
  • Log #13617 - by Lyn on Aug 11, 2003
    What a blast. The ridge was like a giant playgound. I loved the triangular bolders.
  • Log #13618 - by Joseph Ornberg on Aug 11, 2003
    Took the route up Red Pine Lakes. It was a fun scramble to the summit. Im looking forward to coming back this winter with my snowboard. This peak actually kind of dissapointed me because the weekend...
  • Log #13619 - by Brett Dietrick on Aug 06, 2003
    Wear sunscreen, because there are no trees for protection once you get near the summit! But otherwize, enjoy the great hike!
  • Log #13620 - by Jeff on July 27, 2003
    Climbed this peak with my daughter and her friend on what turned out to be a very warm July day. 83 degrees on the summit. Fantastic views. We spent over an hour on top enjoying the scenery, watching...
  • Log #13621 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003
    Very warm for late October
  • Log #13622 - by dan gorder on Feb 07, 2003
    round trip in about 6 hours, went straight through the north bowl and up the east!
  • Log #13623 - by Jared Payne on Jan 24, 2003
    This was only the first of several peaks we bagged that day. The morning started early but my friend and I where delayed while waiting for a third party who had done the Beatout Hike before to show...
  • Log #13625 - by H. Leon Twyman on Aug 12, 2002
    My son Brian (14 yrs old) and I climbed to the summit in company with some friends. The weather was perfect and the view was beautiful.
  • Log #13626 - by Michael Robertson on July 15, 2002
    A difficult but wonderful climb. We climbed up to the ridge separating White Pine Canyon from Red Pine Canyon beforehand (east of the upper Red Pine lakes), right below White Baldy. The climb from...
  • Log #13627 - by stephen cox on Mar 20, 2002
    This was one of the most difficult peaks I have climbed. The April sun made for hot climbing and cold nights. The sky was clear up until the final assent. THe summit was covered in clouds and was...
  • Log #13628 - by Joe Buhler on Oct 02, 2001
    Greg T. and I left work early on Friday and hit the trailhead about 4:00 p.m. This is one of the best hikes I've been on in Utah. The trail is great and the scenery is outstanding, first through...
  • Log #13629 - by Tyler Slack on Oct 01, 2001
    I started in Alpine and hiked to the top of Pfeifferhorn. Hiking from Alpine is definately the long way, but a very nice hike. I came down the more popular way by Red Pine Lake and into Little...
  • Log #13630 - by Ben Folsom on Sep 19, 2001
    I live a few miles away from this peak and have summited it many times over the last ten years or so. The North Ridge route (5.6) is a great climb, especially in the winter when it even has more of...
  • Log #13632 - by Charles Harding on July 09, 2001
    My spouse Kim Hardinh and reached the summit at around 1 PM via Red Pine Lake. This was a hard hike for us but also very rewarding.
  • Log #13633 - by Jacob Piatt on June 30, 2001
    A great half-day hike if you are in good shape from the east ridge. Beautiful and majestic views during the hike and at the top. Few people are on most of the trail. Recommend it for anyone.
  • Log #13634 - by James Barlow on Mar 11, 2001
    The Pfeifferhorn is probably one of the best peaks in he Wasatch. It has a walk-up, easy snow, hard snow, and technical rock. I have done this peak by the east ridge 4 of the 5 times up, and by the...
  • Log #13635 - by LJ Whitmore on Jan 02, 2001
    One of the funnest day hikes in the range. I loved it. Has a great view of salt lake and alpine. If you want as easy adventure this is the peak.
  • Log #13636 - by Mick Wenzbauer on Jan 01, 2001
    Great climb. My first ascent was with the Wasatch Mountain Club in fall of '95. Great hike to Red Pine Lake, then a scramble to the ridge (faint trail I guess). The views are spectacular.
  • Log #13637 - by Shane Burrows on Dec 18, 2000
    This peak is outstanding in late winter or early spring. If you want to read a personal account of our winter assent it is located at