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This was a great hike with nice views. We ran out of water on the way up but refilled our bottles from the falls at the top. Only giving 4 stars because we went too early in order to access the caves (too much snow at the top - June 10th, 2018)

Gorgeous trail!!! One of my favorites. Blankets of wildflowers and lush greenery in July.

hiking
2 days ago

beautiful lake, beautiful trail. it is steep and quitr demanding. I was breaking in a new backpacking pack and had a lot of unnecessary weight, so that was a huge factor. I think that if I'd done it with half the weight, it wouldn't have felt so hard. we were stopped by a big bull moose on the trail, and the trail is popular enough our group went from two to almost twenty whole we waited for him to move away. he took his sweet time and we sat around for about 20 to 30 minutes. :) i

It was a good trail and a great workout. I definitely recommend it, but not for kids under 12. we saw lots of kids who pooped out before the end (or less than a mile into the trail) and were riding piggy back. Also, bring plentu of water. it is shaded in the morning, but it was hot with minimal shade in the afternoon. It's "hard" for a reason. don't punish your kids or yourself.

hiking
2 days ago

Magic is the only word.

Beautiful hike. Lots of shade. Bring a jacket for the cave

Bring water and something to snack on at the lake. Amazing views of the great salt lake from several areas. Wear good shoes there are a lot of rocks to scurry over on the trail all throughout the hike.

Great hike, though the smoke dampened the experience. Make sure to not stop at the first lake. There is no one at the other two if you go right as soon as you hit Lake Blanche and go to Lillian and Florence. Worth the extra mile or so. Wife and I (46 yrs old each)are in pretty good shape and are runners. We did the ascent in 1:34 and descent in 1:23, so if you are in good shape, you can comfortably do this pretty quickly and enjoyably. Would not be small child friendly IMO.

The cave is even more impressive than you imagine. When we went, the wildflowers were stunning. Highly recommended.

Fun climb and good cardio workout. Trail is in good shape and with it following the rim of the crater, it adds a little variety of terrain. Rock formations make for an interesting hike/run. Give yourself 90 mins, if you hustle a bit...

hiking
7 days ago

Loved this hike! A bit difficult but there are many opportunities to stop along the way and the entire time there are beautiful views so if you decide you don’t want to do the whole thing no worries you still get to see amazing views! Kind of crowded but friendly environment. 10/10 will do again.

hiking
7 days ago

A difficult trail but worth it! The view is amazing. Try to go early in the day if the weather is warm because a large portion of the trail is unshaded.

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike. It was pretty easy at the beginning. I did the first mile in under 30mins. Then it just got progressively harder. There were rocky sections off and on, which makes for a tough trail. It took me about 2 hours and 10 mins to get to the first lake and about an hour and 30 mins to hike back down. I clocked it as 3.7 miles from the parking lot bathrooms all the way up to where you see lake Blanche. It’s 4 miles if you make your way to the third lake.
I saw a deer, but sadly no moose. I brought bug spray, but never used it. I think if you are there early in the morning or in the evening you would probably need it, but late morning through the afternoon you should be fine without. I would consider the trail fairly exposed, depending on the time of day you go. I was in full sun most of the way down, which was around 2/3pm.
Have fun out there!!

We loved this hike. Started 6:30 am and had plenty of shade on the way up. We stayed exploring around the lakes for a couple hours and there was a lot more sun on the way down but lots of shaded areas still. Beautiful views at the top. Only a few hikers on the way up but passed by several who were headed up on our way down.

This was a beautiful hike. There was always a beautiful view to look at. I left at 7:30 in the morning. There were only six hikers that I counted. But on my way back around noon there was constantly someone coming up the trail, making it difficult to get down in some spots. This trail is very heavily trafficked during mid day. I also do not consider this trail difficult. The last mile is the hardest but totally doable. Going down was much harder on me than going up. I brought up 2 L of water and one water bottle. I didn’t go through all of my water but it was close. I did spend a good 2.5 hours exploring the area once I hit the lake. It is quite warm on the trail in the mid day so bring lots of water. Totally worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

I think this hike is beautiful. The beginning is moderate and then near the end it gets harder. I took a lot of breaks on the way up which is needed in this hot weather! Overall I enjoyed myself and enjoyed the views from the top. I did end up losing a green hammock on the way down and would love if someone found it if they could return it to me! Contact me at 8012450346 if you found it.

When the trail meets a giant mound of rocks, we found out the hard way you don’t have to scramble across. You just climb up a few feet to your right and the trail picks up on your right for a little switchback. This trail is hard on knees and ankles and much longer than it says, especially if you hike up a little over the rocks to the other two lakes and to a lookout, which you have to do if you’re up there- that was the best part for me.

As others have said, closer to 7 miles than the 5.3 stated here and elsewhere. Strongly recommend hiking poles for those going up to the cave - the last half-mile is a bit tricky. Beautiful and not crowded so well worth the drive.

Really nice hike going through the different elevations. Definitely not as hard as it is made out to be. I am not fit by any stretch of the imagination and made it up in 1.5 hours. Some parts are steep, but nothing that a healthy person can't manage.
The views at the top were absolutely fantastic. Don't stop at Lake Blanche- continue on to the other two lakes as well. If you go up top one of the rocks you get a nice view down the canyon.
I brought a hydration pack and unlike many of the reviewers still had plenty of water left by the time I got back to the parking lot.
Will definitely go again!

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is rated as hard but I’d say it’s moderate. It can be steep at times, but its not very long and easy to ho down. It took me 3 hours to reach the lake and 2 hours back down to the trailhead. Going down was the closest I’ve come to trail running. I wear hiking boots so I don’t normally run down, but the rocks are manageable and I would guess with the right footwear it would be a blast. The lake is beautiful but I didn’t see any moose. No snow anywhere on August 5th. It’s a beautiful cirque with Sundial peak towering over the lake.

trail running
12 days ago

Great hike for trail running. It's not too steep, more of a consistent grade. Go early in the morning, best to beat the traffic. Loved hanging out with the moose up there!

hiking
13 days ago

I have done 3 trails so far and I consider myself as intermediate. This trail got tougher as it goes and the last mile was super tough and steep. It took 2 hrs to go up and 1.5 hrs to come down. Carry lots of water, nuts and fruits. Overall recommended and a good one.

hiking
13 days ago

The hike felt longer than the 6.7 listed in the description, but I attribute that to the steep climb and hot day. Either way it was beautiful there and back again. For the work to get there you get two other water sheds to the west of Blanche: Lake Florence and Lake Lillian. There's a lovely waterfall feature draining from Blanche into Florence.

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked this trail with my wife and my 1 year old son. This hike is beautiful. We are from Nebraska so for us it was more difficult then someone who lives with mountains to hike regularly. We saw three moose walking around the lake at the top. It is totally worth it to reach the top. So glad we were able to complete this hike. Pack plenty of water and enjoy this beautiful hike.

hiking
14 days ago

We hiked Blanche four days ago. It is one of the most varied and beautiful hikes. You see many different landscapes. There aren't many wildflowers and, unfortunately, we didn't see a moose, but I would hike this over and over. There is a lot of shade most of the way and the trail wasn't too crowded. It took us about four hours round trip, including a long lunch break at the lake. We clocked 6.7 miles.

This is a moderate trail ending at a beautiful lake! If you continue past the lake you can see two more lakes! We spotted four moose just this morning along this trail. Wildflowers that we’re there are already dying and hints of fall are coming. I would repeat this hike!

beautiful trail to great lakes but....."kill me now" was a fairly constant thought in my head! Took us 10 hours round trip, but we traveled at the speed the 4 year old managed.

Worth the work. Don’t be fooled by the signage at the trailhead that says 2.8 miles. We clocked in at about 3.5. One of the most beautiful places this Virginia girl has been!

This is a hard hike, but well worth the payoff! On the way up there is breathtaking views of the north face and you can see where it’s broken off! There are two beautiful meadows of aspens and the trail is pretty well shaded the entire way. Started the hike at 4pm and was back in the car by 9. The lake and surrounding scenery is beautiful, be sure to take in sundial peak and look for moose!

hiking
17 days ago

This was a REALLY difficult hike but the view was well worth it! Go early in the morning and take more water and snacks than you think you’ll need. Walking sticks are a big help on this trip.

Great hike!! Did it today with my wife and my 14 month old son in our carrier. Took us 2 hours to get to the top and about 1 hour and 45 minutes down. We ended up hanging out at the lakes for almost 2 hours to let our son walk around. Amazing views the entire way!!

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