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Tough trail if you’re not in shape — uphill the entire first half, and pretty steep. Also, the trail was already coated in ice, which made the going slow toward the top (especially on the way down). Poles or chains recommended. But the view at the top was gorgeous, the lake was so serene — and we had two wild moose sightings (from a safe distance)! Highly recommend, just be prepared.

Very much a tough trail if you are not in shape. The trail is very rocky and hilly but well traveled. Take plenty of water and take plenty of breaks to keep from getting winded.

It was steep but the view was pretty cool once you get there. We backpacked so we hiked at night and woke up to a beautiful fall view. Did it about 1.5 weeks ago

4 days ago

Really cool views. Pretty steep in some spots, but not too bad. Straight forward hike.

I wish I had more time at the top. Absolutely peaceful lake and views. Hike was very enjoyable. I want to go back in the fall!

Trail closed :(

8 days ago

Gréât hike

started at 0745 and the weather was great. cool with an overcast that lasted until we reached the lakes which was acheived at 1000. saw a bull moose in the meadow up top. absolutely enjoyed it and the wonderful scenery. i only had time to hike one trail due to being on a business trip and glad i chose this one.

Make sure you follow the trail to the other two lakes next to Lake Blanche. A beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Well worth the trek.

So...I kinda had mixed thoughts on this hike, but still thought it was good. I was actually kinda underwhelmed by Lake Blanche...the actual lake. That being said I thought that the two smaller lakes on the backside of Lake Blanche we're alot more picturesque probably because of you look down on those two lakes....or at least you first do. The other thing about this hike that is pretty cool right now are the fall colors. I have to admit that I hit this hike a little too late. If I would have done it a month or two ago the lake would have been more full and the waterfall on the backside of lake Blanche would have been bigger. Last but not least this was a pretty good workout.....at least for me it was.

14 days ago

Trail Closed. 9/30

Gorgeous fall colors!! Start early (before dawn) because this hike gets extremely busy/crowded as the morning goes on.

Well worth it. The lakes are gorgeous.

14 days ago

I wouldn't call this trail "hard" at all, just a bit rough on the knees and the fact that you're constantly dodging rocks on the trail.

The fall colors and the wind rushing through the trees with this insanely nice weather is worth the trip in itself. The views are of course gorgeous. I saw a few Mountain Goats and Mule Deer along with some trout in the stream leading to one of the lakes but no Moose this go round.

I fell in love with this trail! I’m a bigger girl and it was very difficult but the most rewarding hike I have been on.

14 days ago

Hiked this yesterday. Beautiful fall colors. Although it was all uphill, there really weren't any super steep spots. We went in the morning so lots of shade in aspen grove almost to the top. Sunny on way down but shaded areas. Lake Blanche was beautiful. it was rather windy with strong wind gusts at the top so only cold there.

14 days ago

Hiked this today. Beautiful fall colors. It’s a fairly difficult trail but well worth it!

trail running
14 days ago

Second time up to Lake Blanche this year. Once in the summer months and today. I definitely enjoyed today’s hike much more, especially the Autumn colors. I saw two moose off the trail towards the upper portion right before you get to the rocky switchback. The temperature was great while hiking, shorts and a T-shirt, but I recommend bringing a light jacket/wind breaker for the lake area. The trail was very crowded, but everyone was very respectful and gave way to the trail runners...thank you!

14 days ago

Highly recommend going early in the morning before the trail gets busy. It will be chilly and may be breezy at first, so bring a light jacket. It is a challenging hike and few sections are steep. Make sure you bring at least 1.5L of water with you and a snack/lunch to enjoy at the top. Lake Blanche is a very beautiful scenic lake overlooking the Wasatch Mountains and you might even see a moose! I truly recommend going on this hike, it’s definitely worth it.

Hiked trail mid sept’18. Easily accessible from west thumb parking area and across main park road. Offers nice view of Yellowstone lake from high point. Proceeded with caution due to bear warning signs and scat and was relieved to be joined by another hiking couple for what was a pleasant 90 min 2 mile hike through meadow and light forest with mild hills. Lots of room up top for a snack and pictures.

Trail closed for bear activity. 9/26/18

Hiked today. 4 moose(had to wait 30 minutes for them to move off the trail), and some gorgeous fall colors. Id say this is an easier “hard” hike. Just make sure you plan enough time to walk around the lakes while you’re up there. They are spectacular. And go see all three

18 days ago

4 moose on the trail today! Pretty steep, but SO worth every single step I took. Fall colors are fading fast, so hurry!

road closed middle end of September

on Lake Blanche Trail

20 days ago

Great hike with beautiful scenery at the lake.

Overall a very nice trail. I would say a moderate effort to the top as it is all uphill but nothing too bad. The lakes and mountains at the trail end are fantastic!

21 days ago

Definitely a real hike but worth the work. All uphill on the way out but the downhill on the way back is a treat!

21 days ago

The hike itself is tough. We left the parking lot at 6 am and we’re glad we got an early start as the trail got pretty busy as we were coming back down later in the morning. We got to the lake just before the sun started to hit Sundial Peak. The view of the peak lit up by the sun was incredible! Well worth the sore legs.

A steep trail, but not nearly as steep as reviews made it sound. Awesome trail! The trees are stunning right now.

I did this hike last weekend while visiting for a race and it was absolutely beautiful. The climb is steep in areas but well worth the view of the lake at the top! It took us about 4 hours and that included stops for pictures and hanging out around the lake soaking in all the views! So glad I did this hike while visiting, it was especially magical with the fall colors!

Steep as hell but very rewarding. Lake Blanche is breathtaking and there are two more lakes with a gorgeous backdrop within a few hundred yards. About half the trail is shaded, the water level of the lake is super low in the fall so you can walk around the whole thing pretty quickly.

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