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East Red Castle Trail, UT

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,724 feet
Elevation Gain 1,052 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,179 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.83
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
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East Fork Smiths Fork Trail
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Seasons   Summer
Sun  7:06am - 5:05pm
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Nearby Area Water
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20.0 mi
2,900 ft
Little East Fork Trail
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20.0 mi
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7.7 mi away
25.0 mi
3,010 ft
Summit County - Gilbert Peak
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19.0 mi
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9.2 mi away
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Alligator Lake Trail
9.2 mi away
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1,200 ft
Kings Peak Trail
9.3 mi away
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5,080 ft
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This trail begins in the Smiths Fork drainage, very near to Lower Red Castle Lake. It ends at Smiths Fork Pass, where it connects with the Yellowstone Creek drainage. But the real destination of this trail is the two high lakes at the top of the drainage: East Red Castle Lake and Smiths Fork Pass Lake. Tiger Trout are stocked and can grow to a large size.


Beginning on the west side of East Fork Smiths Fork river, the trail starts with a pair of footbridges which can accommodate horses. Once on the east side of the river, the first hill begins immediately but then levels out for a section of open terrain. This is a great spot to stop for a snack and to enjoy the views of Red Castle and surrounding mountains.

The trail is designed to incline gradually as you continue upward to the pass. There are some marshy sections which are common to many of the trails in the area. Fortunately there are less horses used on this trail and it is smoother going. As you begin to reach treeline, the waterfalls come into view. Just beyond that are the lakes. East Red Castle Lake is very picturesque because it is tucked into the rocky slopes of Red Castle on two sides.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    This trail has no trailhead. Access it by first hiking from the East Fork Blacks Fork TH or from the China Meadows TH.
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