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Peak(s):  Pfeifferhorn - 11,326 feet
Post Date:  09/09/2009
Date Climbed:   09/05/2009
Posted By:  Aubrey


 Taste of the Wasatch (UT) – 1 of 3   

Patience on Pfeifferhorn

Pfeifferhorn (a.k.a., Little Matterhorn Peak), 11,326'
Wasatch Mountains, Utah
9 miles round trip, 3,800 total feet of gain, Class 3
White Pine Trailhead


*Special thanks to everyone that replied to my thread, where I asked for suggestions on which mountains to climb:


Our original 5-day plan was to climb two days, then have a day of rest, and then climb another two days. But our flight was delayed a couple hours, and then when we arrived in Salt Lake City no one answered the after-hours number at our hotel, so we didn't end up getting to bed until about 1 a.m. Needless to say, getting up at 4 a.m. to climb the next morning wasn't really in the cards.

So our first day in Salt Lake City ended up being our "rest" day. Of course, we didn't rest much; we just played like tourists …

Hit Park City for some Wasatch beers and ice cream …

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… walked the sandy and bug-infested shores of the Great Salt Lake …

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… got stuck in a bison traffic jam on Antelope Island … mmmmhh, buffalo burgers

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… and carbo/meat loaded at Pat's BBQ in Salt Lake City (learned about the place from the Food Network) … this is a photo of a signed poster at Pat's:

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The farther west you go in a time zone, the later the sun rises. So this time of year, the sun doesn't rise until about 7 a.m. along the Wasatch Front.

We started our first climb at 6 a.m. By 6:40 a.m. the pre-dawn light was bright enough to hike without the headlamps.

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We hiked at a good pace and made it to Red Pine Lake at 7:30. The sky didn't look too friendly, though, and by the time we made it to the south side of the lake it started raining on us.

Red Pine Lake (route went up to the ridge and then behind the knob, top-right):

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Instead of just calling it, we decided to hang out for a bit to see if the rain let up.

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Class 3 ridges aren't so fun in the rain. Or lightning, for that matter. So we found cover in the trees and waited to see if it would blow over.

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It was tough to sit with the engine idling, especially after making such great time to the lake.

Thankfully, after an hour the rain started to lighten up, so we headed up the spur ridge to the main saddle.

The sun even poked through some clouds for a bit. I took this pan of Red Pine Lake and Upper Red Pine Lake, with Twin Peaks (our third climb) upper-left:

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The Class 3 ridge was short but quite a bit of fun. It had a lot of solid rock and only some minor exposure.

There are two ways up the last pitch: 1. Class 2 dirt/rock/faint trail up the left, or 2. the Class 3 spiny ridge (with some loose rock to contend with). We both took the spine up and I took the dirt/rock trail down while Jen down climbed the spine:

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Somewhere along the way up, we heard a pack of coyotes howling like crazy. I've never heard coyotes yelp so loud and for so long. Turns out, they seemed to be responding to some hikers on the ridge who were throwing boulders over the edge and hooting and hollering as the rocks smashed below. The only thing more annoying than people that scream on mountains is people that throw rocks off mountains. Climbers have been killed this way. But I digress.

We arrived on the summit at 9:45 a.m. The views were really awesome.

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Timpanogos to the south, our goal the following day:

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By 10 a.m. we left the crowded summit and headed back down to the fun ridge.

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And then we continued back down to the lakes …

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And then the long hike out …

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Little Cottonwood Canyon:

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This is how empty my stomach felt, and it needed to be filled:

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(Kennecott copper mine southwest of SLC, the largest manmade excavation on earth.)

So we refueled at Crown Burgers. Yes, that's pastrami on there, and it was delicious:

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