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hiking
15 hours ago

Amazing everything with this one. It's steep at parts but worth every bit.

trail running
6 days ago

Saw 2 moose on trail on way back down from Blanche at 8:45am. One got a little aggressive and charged a hiker coming up the trail, but did not make contact. Whoa! Heads up!

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike!! Moose Mania

5 moose 5 deer on the trail

The trail was well marked and accessible

Lake is frozen and so were my hands!!! Blue skies for days

trail running
14 days ago

Beautiful day on trail in the snow, handful of hikers. Spotted moose off trail, took nice photo. Hikers I bumped into reported 3 moose on trail and said a bull acted aggressive. Turned around .5 mile from top (not interested in bumping into aggressive bull so turned bag. Wore Salomon Speedcross GTX with gaiters and tights, was enough, brought poles. Did not need Microspikes, no ice, just new snow coming down today. Enjoy!

This is always a fun trip. Very scenic. We drive from Evanston, WY and hit the Mirror Lake, Provo Falls, Bald Mountain, etc. On the way back to Ogden. One of our favorite drives.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike with amazing views! Went today and the trail was snow covered with patches of ice so cleats are recommended. We were fortunate to see a moose as well.. highly recommended hike!

on Lake Blanche Trail

hiking
29 days ago

If anyone sees a leatherman in a case, my sister dropped hers (custom made 18 yrs ago) and would love it back if someone picks it up.

I did this hike on Nov 16th, and chose a day that the weather would be pleasant. I recommend bringing sunglasses or a hat because the trail goes southeast the whole way and the sun was right in our eyes. It was a beautiful day, icy but sunny. It was pretty slick on the way down with the hard packed snow, so be sure to have good treads on your boots. If you are with amateurs like I was, I would definitely go early in the day. It will take over 4 hours to go down and back, especially if you want to sit for a while and enjoy the sunshine on the smooth cool-looking rocks up top, overlooking the lake. Once we were out of the sun, it was quite cold so gloves and a hat were nice. We went later in the season, so we only met a couple other hikers along the way. We did come across some deer up close, darting across the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Started to snow on the way up and was really slick coming back down. Would suggest micro spikes for the downhill. Beautiful trail, Lake was frozen but still worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Rated at 4 as i lost the trail both up and down and there was a decent amount of bush-whacking/scrambling. Only one area where it was slippery enough to use spikes going up today, about 20 or so feet. 2 hours up.

trail running
1 month ago

Sunny. No material wind. Microspikes not needed today. Only a few brief slick areas on trail. Started at 11:20am, 37 degrees at S curve. Parking lot closed for season. Wore tank, baseball cap, wool gloves and tights. Didn’t use wind breaker, could have gone with shorts, would still suggest gloves for top. Took me 1:15 from trail head to top, if you’re somewhere in that range or faster would highly recommend shorts. Enjoy!

Great hike!! Very beautiful scenery, especially at the top. Took about 2hrs to reach the top, moving at a quicker pace. The trail is a steady incline, and very rarely levels out. May prove difficult to someone unaccustomed to physical activity, but certainly doable. Some small ice patches, but not enough for crampons yet. Would definitely recommend grippy shoes/boots and some trekking poles.

It was a very easy to follow trail with some beautiful views. Basically all uphill to get there and all downhill coming back so I hope you're in better shape than me. The lake is frozen which was a little dissapointing but still beautiful. There were a couple icy spots on the trail but most of it is still clear. The parking lot is closed for the season. I would recommend starting the hike around noon. We started around 9 and were hiking straight into the sun all morning. Up near the lake are some colorful rock formations that are pretty cool and Sundial Peak is breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

I liked this trail a lot. It is pretty rocky in some areas but not any big deal. There’s a lot of snow once you reach 9k feet and not being into postholing and wet socks I turned back. The old mine is pretty cool. Lots of water available all along the route if you filter. I’ll definitely be back to complete this one.

scenic driving
1 month ago

It was a lovely drive with lots of viewpoints. I did every other viewpoint driving toward Rainbow Point and then the rest driving back so I wouldn’t be stopping at every single one and so I had something to do on the way back.

1 month ago

literally best hike ever. I tracked it as 8.3 miles and took 4 hours but would probably take 5 at a more leisurely pace. lots of snow right now! really intense legit a hard hike. climbed 195 flights of stairs. please take a flashlight with you. this trail can take a long time and hiking poles would be smart

hiking
1 month ago

Phenomenal views at the top. The hike itself is challenging but more because of the length than the grade or terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

So gorgeous! Tough climb up if you’re not a regular hiker but so worth it.

Mild incline, great views. Trail starts out muddy and gets snowy towards the end. You shouldn’t need microspikes just yet, hiking shoes/boots with good traction and/or trekking polls should suffice. It’s much colder at the lake, so make sure you bring adequate clothing to layer up when you get there.

Beautiful went in October and nov colors were beautiful keep going around to see smaller lakes there are a couple of water falls that way defiantly worth the hike

beautiful hike, worth the trip

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Went late in the afternoon so we saw a lot of snow. Once we got about .3 miles away from the lake there were about 4 moose on the trail so we tried to wait it out but they didn’t move and we ended up turning around. I hike occasionally and I’m in decent shape, and this hike was not hard at all!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike! It's beautiful in all seasons and today was no exception. there was some colored leaves left but in the morning, there was frost, snow, and ice on the trail. I saw 7 moose while on the trail and luckily they were more interested in eating than people chasing. The lake was beautiful and has not frozen yet. This is a steep trail and definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you can make it to the end, the view is well worth the struggles.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Moderately steep. Started at 09:10, was done by 12:15. Several other hikers reported seeing moose, but I didn’t catch a glimpse of any. There were two patches of ice on the trail each about 20 yards in length. Very easy to navigate with normal hiking shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty awesome fall day hike.

It is my best hike

Fabulous hike! Definitely a steep trek, but you forget you were out of breath by the time you see the beauty of Lake Blanche. Take a break and then keep walking towards he mountains and you’ll see the lakes past Lake Blanche. So beautiful!!

Highly recommend. It was definitely a workout on the way up (took me 2 hours), but the views were incredible. It’s very icy in some spots towards the top, so I wouldn’t suggest without at least poles. Saw a moose as well, so that was exciting. Would definitely come back and do again

hiking
1 month ago

Just a quick FYI... do not be intimidated by hard rating on this. It is not hard. Intermediate only because of length. Seriously, unless you’re a little out of shape, or a beginner, this is in no way a challenging hike in my opinion. Best “grade” comparison would be white pine lake, but shorter. The view is a dang joke. Phenomal. Literally. All lakes are awesome. Bring some climb8ng shoes also for a little bouldering. You can also summit sundial fairly quickly. In my opinion, one of the best hikes in all of Utah. So worth it on every level.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail on 10/22. More of a gradual incline with no parts that were very difficult. Was about 2 hours up with a few breaks. Worst ice on the trail was about 2 miles up, the last 1/4 mile the ice was easily avoidable. Lake was beautiful at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! First bit (1.75 miles) was a breeze! The second half was on the steeper side, but definitely doable. There was an icy patch (the last quarter of a mile). We were smooth sailing with spikes and poles, but we saw people get by with sliding. We JUST missed some moose sightings, but the lake itself was BEAUTIFUL! It took us just under two hours up!

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