Backpacking To Red Castle in Utah (Vlog and Trail Notes)

Backpacking to Red Castle in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah is one of my favorite backpacking trips in Utah.

So much so, that I've done it twice now.

On this trip it snowed on us, we saw a heard of sheep, two moose, ducks and of course Red Castle glowing in the sunset light.

Check out the vlog below for a peak into my trip and a little bit about why I love backpacking so much:

Red Castle is one of the best backpacking trips in Utah.

Now for some trail notes and advice:

  • There are two trailheads you can start at to get the Red Castle - China Meadows Trailhead (most popular and easiest) and the East Fork Blacks Fork Trailhead (challenging). I’ve taken them both and while starting at the East Fork Blacks Fork Trailhead is a beautiful hike, it’s a lot more physically challenging, requires you to navigate on different trails and is very exposed if afternoon thunderstorms roll through- which they almost always do in the Unitas. So all that being said, I think the China Meadows Trailhead is the place to start!

  • I think this trip is best done as a 3 day, 2 night trip. That will give you enough time to explore Upper Red Castle lake and really take in how spectacular Red Castle is at sunset. There’s also good fishing in the lakes.

  • Be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Unitas, and like I said above, there’s almost always thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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Peace babe!
xoxo Amanda