Explore the most popular birding trails in Twin Peaks Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Only made it halfway there and turned back due to lightning, i got off the trail a few times by accident, be careful to not do that... it wasn't fun... :-P

Gorgeous Hike lots of climbers and hikers, wonderful waterfalls.

Just hiked this trail yesterday in the rain and loved it. The trail is fairly steep at the beginning but still very enjoyable. There's quite a bit of snow at the top so if you're going to hike it right now I'd recommend bringing some layers. The view is well worth it!

backpacking
3 days ago

Really wonderful views. The trail itself is very difficult for backpacking because of the steep grade, but it's doable. You just have to really pace yourself and not get overeager on the ascent or descent. There was a good amount of snow on the northeast side of the lake this time of year, and the mornings were around 20 to 30 degrees. You don't need microspikes just to get the top, but there is some slick snow right now. Really great opportunities to explore!

Hiked trail to lake today. No more snow or ice on the lake. Almost to the bottom, started raining. By the time I reached the asphalt path to the parking lot I was caught in a downpour. So glad I started at 9:30. I had a wind breaker that I put on at the lake which was good because clouds covered sun and breeze off the lake was cool. Didn’t need to use my spikes.

Didn’t get lost - almost did at the place where there’s hundreds of ticks and it’s super steep but quickly figured out you need to just climb up and quickly go right to get back to the path. Still some snow up there but nothing my hiking boots couldn’t handle. Just behind the lake there are tons of waterfalls and amazing views. Walked up in about 1.5 hours and ran down in about 40 mins. Rain, thunder, and lightening on the way down and it was exhilarating

Decent hike and worth doing for sure. It rained on my way up for about 45 min so it made the weather very nice. Not windy and the sky was mostly overcast.

trail running
4 days ago

This hike was awesome! We were able to run most of the way down. It’s so beautiful! I’ve had it on my list for almost three years and it was worth the wait. Parking sucks, you’ll probably have to park on the road. Trail is super easy to follow.

Here’s the thing...
Is the hike beautiful? Is the lake beautiful? Yes! However is the hike hard...HELL YES.
The shear elevation was very hard on me, be prepared to hike a steep trail. For real.
It’s a 5 star hike although I can’t say it was “fun” :)

hiking
5 days ago

Tiny bit of ice on the upper part of the trail. Snow field just before the lake. Neither need any gear/spikes. Friendly reminder to bring sun screen and bug repellent, and plenty of water.

Got a late start today but the rain and hail kept the conditions just perfect for a Spring hike. I was surprised by the number of people on the trail at this time of year. The secret is out...this is an awesome hike. There is ice covering half the lake and the surrounding mountains have plenty of snow remaining. Trail is in excellent condition with very little snow on the trail (mostly on the last approach to the lake)

Amazing!

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful views on this hike - the snowcapped peaks are almost always in sight ahead of you on your way up. Turn around and see across the canyon. Plenty of places to explore around the lake, so plan to spend an hour or two poking around there before you head back. Bring a fleece, cold mountain air in the basin. Snow all gone now unless you push past the lake. Fairly crowded on a Saturday, but still a nice hike. Get there early if you want a parking spot.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful bike - all up hill -long trail. Not a leisurely walk.

5 stars for fun and adventure. there is still snow up in the upper meadow and to the top of Storm Mountain. Probably best to wait a couple more weeks and hit this when the upper meadow is melted out. I was stubborn and wanted a summit so had to keep going. Lucky for me someone else had made a path in the snow to follow. There are three small peaks when you get to the top. Go to the one furthest west and that will be the true top. I was lacking on time so I had to deal with being 10 feet lower than the real summit.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome!

hiking
15 days ago

Views are spectacular!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful area. Loved the hike!

Beautiful views!! Kids had a blast.

Amazing!

hiking
19 days ago

First time to Utah and had to try the Lake Blanche trail. What a fun hike...my wife and I started around 8:00 am and the cool morning really helped out with the climb. Amazing scenery around and a running stream that you follow for the first half. This hike was moderately difficult and it requires many rest breaks (which is perfect anyways to take a panorama view of the breathtaking beauty around you). About a mile out from the top we encountered a decent amount of snow and put on our micro spikes. I would HIGHLY recommend the spikes as it helped get up the terrain without slipping all over the place and trying to regain footing. Once at the top take a break and soak in the magnificent nature. The lake was covered by snow unfortunately and we didn’t spend too much time around it. For us, we packed a couple bottles of water, snacks, sun screen and, of course, micro spikes. If in SLC, you gotta check it out!

hiking
22 days ago

Nice singletrack next to the river and some beatiful views at the lake. There is still some ice and snow on the lake. I used my microspikes for the last part of the trail because it is icy but you could reach the lake without any spikes too. The trail is not that hard.

Stunning!

hiking
25 days ago

Trail clear for first 2 miles, mild runoff after 2nd mile. 3rd mile is beginning to slush, a lot of postholeing when not on hard pack, spikes and baskets on trekking poles highly recommended for last mile. Reccomend starting early, at 8:45 last mile hard pack began to soften. Still about 4ft of snow at top. Lake Blanche is starting to melt. Moderate amount of hikers ascending while I was coming down. Plenty warm. Do yourself a favor and follow the trail not the tracks of other hikers, I got off trail and conditions were less than great at that point. Good hike, made it in 2.5 hours round trip.

trail running
26 days ago

Lake Blanche this AM, started at 7. Trail getting a little busier on way down, many coming up- start early. You’ll be glad you brought Microspikes 2 miles up and trekking poles for the lot of it. Attire, I wore a tank, hat, winter tights and gloves. Removed gloves, plenty warm to do in shorts in you’re running/hiking at a good pace. Might be worth while to sync trail to your GPS. Lots of people going off trail, including myself today, following foot steps. Took a very long way, pot holing filled route towards top. Took me 90 minutes on the dot to get to Lake, should have taken 1:15 if hasn’t gone off trail. Conditions, great first 1.5 mile, then mud, followed by spring slip and slide icy/squishy snow. Have fun!

trail running
1 month ago

Started trail this morning around 6:30. Trail is very fun right now with the right equipment. Muddy/water flow on trail, 1.5 or so, ice and snow. Not pot holing early morning until you get to lake. With sun up at top of trail minor pot holing. Equipment suggestions: microspikes (its very icy right at least half way up), trekking poles and gloves. I ran in baseball cap, tank top and tights. Hands even with wool gloves got very cold (started to hurt), until getting to top. Super fun and technical at present.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Always such a good time. Have gone multiple times and always look forward to going again!

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Did it 2 days ago. We only had hiking boots. Micro spikes would have been helpful. At the time, nobody had reached the bridge in the meadows so it was very deep and unable to cross in just boots.

This hike was amazing! I did it this past weekend and didn’t need spikes or snow shoes (the snow was packed down enough). Got super sunburnt on my face so wear sunscreen!

I only started hiking this trail last fall, and I hadn't been able to find the trail past the upper overlook, but it is mostly clear of snow now. So I'm going to plan enough time to try to do the whole thing next time. There is still snow down in the canyon, but I didn't use my micro spikes today. Saw my first wildflower of the spring today too! The description says no dogs, but the trailhead says dogs are allowed in leash, although almost everyone had a dog, and none of them were on leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Went all the way to the base of the twin peaks with just spikes. Trail is well packed all the way to the meadow. Could make it to the bridge without spikes but any further you’d want/need them for safety. Once to the meadow and beyond it was pretty soft in some sections. Snowshoes would definitely be helpful but not completely necessary. It was a gorgeous hike.

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