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Lake Blanche Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (68) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Epic views along this steep route, which has become a favorite in the Wasatch Range.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.3

KM

Out and Back

8,895' 2,711 m

High

6,307' 1,922 m

Low

2,592' 790 m

Up

2,592' 790 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This is a watershed so please no dogs, cats, horses or pet birds. Also, swimming is prohibited in the lake.

Overview

This is a great trail leading to three gorgeous lakes. It's a steep one; you gain 2700+ feet in about three miles. Access Dromedary & Sundial Peaks from here. Also, you can go up and over to Broads Fork.

Description

Lake Blanche is only one of three lakes up here. You can also get to Lake Florence and Lake Lillian. There is singletrack linking all three of them together. Also, you can hike up the east trail to access the overlook into Mineral Fork and even up to Superior; this route is an expert-only route though.

Enjoy the trail up to Sundial Peak for a little more climb.

Along the trail you'll experience some great views of Raymond & Gobbler's Knob to the north. You'll also see a variety of wildlife including deer, moose, snakes, varieties of birds, and much more. Since you are on a north facing canyon you'll be inside the trees for the majority of your journey up to the lake. Once you switchback on the boulder field, you are within a half mile from the lake. Be sure to go around the lake to soak up the views.

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Shared By:

Jeremy Howlett

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 68 votes

#80

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  4.6 from 68 votes
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Photos

Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT
Iconic view from Lake Blanche (Early May)
May 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche in late spring.
Jun 13, 2017 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche
Jun 1, 2020 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche
Aug 25, 2020 near Alta, UT
View of Lake Blanche and surrounding peaks in early May
May 15, 2015 near Alta, UT

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Jun 19, 2021
Ivan Vo
Jun 19, 2021
Bryce M
great hike, good weather in the morning 6.6mi — 3h 04m
Oct 24, 2020
B Ashworth
Oct 17, 2020
Gabriel Greenlaw
Steady upward grade
Oct 13, 2020
Suz C
Epic view! Worth the hike! — 4h 35m
Oct 6, 2020
Marshall Berndt
Sep 28, 2020
Kaitie Fox
uphill, beautiful the whole way 7mi — 4h 10m
Sep 1, 2020
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