Beware of the Killer Mountain Beavers!

July 1, 2007 at 7:24 am 3 comments

On the last day of June, with half of 2007 behind us, we attempted to hike to the summit of the Pfeifferhorn to enjoy a Cheeseburger. We hardly thought about facing the scourge of the Wasatch – the Killer Mountain Beaver. Only ever seen near Lower Red Pine Lake it lurks in holes dug in the ground, and chirps ferociously at unsuspecting hikers. Sometimes called “marmots,” they can easily be identified due to their lack of a beaver tail and general dissimilar appearance to beavers. Unfortunately, the world’s expert on Killer Mountain Beavers, John, was unable to join us for the hike.

The hike began at the White Pine Trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon. About a quarter mile in, at the creek, we turned off towards Red Pine Lake. A long traverse followed by an increasingly steep hike up the Red Pine Drainage brought us to the turnoff to Maybird Lakes. We carried on to Lower Red Pine Lake. We cautiously circumnavigated the lake, always aware that the last known sighting of a Killer Mountain Beaver was at this lake. We were relieved to make it past the lake and proceeded up a talus slope to Upper Red Pine Lake. From here we proceeded west up a steep slope to the ridge between the Red Pine and Dry Creek drainages. We wandered along the ridge and ascended the final 700 feet of vertical to the summit of the Pfeifferhorn. What a view! It was a clear day and we could see peaks of the Wasatch all around us.

During the descent we contemplated routes that would allow us to avoid Lower Red Pine Lake, but in the end we decided to take the shortest route back and risked an attack by the Killer Mountain Beaver. Luckily, we made it safely past the lake, and began to meet the hordes of hikers destined for the Pfiefferhorn. It wasn’t until we were within a mile of the trailhead that we were asked “Is it much further?” So, a great hike, but sorry, John – no sighting of the Killer Mountain Beaver.

Patrick, Paul – Pfeifferhorn aka Little Matterhorn

East of the top of Pfeif South Slope of Pfeifferhorn West of Pfeif to Lone Peak east off Pfief again


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim Brown  |  July 5, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Hey thanks for the trip report. At least the marmots don’t eat your car like they do in the sierras. 🙂

    Were there bugs up around red pine? Were they bad enough that we’d be complaining if we went to spend the night?



  • 2. sirloinofbeef  |  July 5, 2007 at 3:52 pm


    We did it as a day hike last Saturday and didn’t run into too many bugs. The campers we met weren’t complaining but we didn’t ask about bugs specifically.

    If you end up eating a Cheeseburger on Pfeifferhorn drop us a line!


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