Lake Blanche Trail

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Lake Blanche Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2690 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Beautiful mountaintop lake, awesome views, and abundant wildlife. This is a demanding hike! Plan to stop several times to catch your breath. If you want exercise, this is the hike for you. It's a lot of work, but it is well worth it. The views down into the canyon below are breathtaking. Just prior to arriving at the lake, parts of Salt Lake City are also visible from the trail. There is plenty of wildlife and an abundant variety of trees, flowers, and everything else Utah's great outdoors has to offer! This is a very difficult hike, but is very satisfying to complete. Everyone should do it at least once! ADVISORIES: Make sure to take plenty of water! Insect repellent is a good idea as mosquitos are plentiful. If you are planning this hike for later in the day, pack a flashlight (with fresh batteries) in case your journey takes longer than planned. Attempting to navigate the trail after dark would be a very dangerous endeavor.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful Hike! Wear layers. MicroSpikes are very very very helpful. Allow 2-3 hours to get to the top. Lake frozen, but Sundial Peak dominates the scenery. Totally worth it!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked up in normal hiking shoes, but snow cleats would have been a better choice. This trail is so lovely even in the winter!

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing hike! Went yesterday and trail was easily visible. Wore snow traction cleats and didn’t have a problem hiking to the end.

24 days ago

The trail was so beautiful today. We hiked up then missile shedded down.

hiking
28 days ago

beautiful hike pretty intense!

1 month ago

I did this trail in November of 2016 when I visited SLC and it still remains my favorite hike of all time...didn’t have the proper shoes at all and it took me around 4.5 hours but still best hike I’ve ever done

hiking
1 month ago

It was pretty slippery in spots today but I saw plenty of people in regular shoes navigating just fine. I'm pretty sure I would have died without my crampons, boots and poles but I'm a total amateur. Really pretty today. I saw some people sledding back down in little seats.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't make it quite to the lake because a storm started rolling in, but man was it pretty. it was slick in some spots, but I didn't even wear snow boots and did fine on most of it.

hiking
1 month ago

packed with snow, ice cleats are a good idea but slip resistant snow boots worked fine today.

hiking
1 month ago

Yes! Easy access to the trailhead, which has restrooms! The ascent was taxing, but the beauty surrounds you from the beginning: Cottonwood Creek, the jagged cliffs the SW, and SLC in the distance. Lake Blanche appears to be an old reservoir, as the dam holding it back looks made of stone (there was snow everywhere so I couldn't quite determine). Lots of picturesque snacking spots by the lake, all with sweet views of SLC (inversion was absent on the day we went). Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Microspikes are necessary right now especially on the steeper inclines. Took me 4 hrs round trip and I haven’t been hiking in months so a very doable trail.

1 month ago

Amazing trail. It's a moderate-hard trail because of steep inclines at certain points. Took me four hours round trip. A lot of icy patches as you get closer to the lake. Need yak tracks now due to snow. Saw three moose by the stream too.

1 month ago

icy right now on trail, post holing around the lake

trail running
1 month ago

Trail is well packed up to the lake. Trail shoes only worked great. It’s in great shape.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

WE did it in snow shoes, wish we had left a bit earlier -- left by noon, back by 5:30 pm, as sun was disappearing. No sunlight on the trail the whole time, except in a few disappearing moments at end. We were warm enough and glad to have snowshoes. Saw others with crampons. Cold. A few people on the trail, less than a dozen total. Was dreamy. A long long trek up, but totally worth it! Bring enough water, snacks, and warm apparel!

hiking
1 month ago

Good workout and a good challenge. Went on 12/25/17 and it had snowed in SLC the night before so there was a good amount of snow on the trail (higher than 2 feet near the end of the trail). My wife and I did the hike in about 4.5 hours RT. No crampons for either of us but would have been helpful. No trekking poles on the way up but I used them on the way down. Saw two moose (other hikers we encountered saw at least one more). As always, bring plenty of water and food.

One other note: great views throughout but the lake was snowed over when we went.

hiking
2 months ago

Microspikes are a must right now! Saw everyone without them fall hard. But absolutely gorgeous views and well packed, clear trail. 2:22 round trip but I had share my light with another group the last mile.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike through cliffs on either side to the lake. Weird start of the trail, a small road that'll become the trail, stay right after the bridge. The path mere feet from the stream past the bridge is a social trail only. Saw a few moose on the way up, and a few of us went off trail to avoid them. Definitely not an easy hike but doable. About 5 hours round trip as I go slow to enjoy the scenery.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!! We left the trailhead around 2 so we got to see the sunset which was amazing. the trail had snow the whole way but wasn't slippery. Took about 3.5 hours!

hiking
2 months ago

It was my first experience and i chose the hardest one, what a coincidence. You should get hiking shoes cause i was with my running shoes. You gonna really need carb for this trail.(gel, protein bar etc.) When you get the Lake Blanche you need to go edge of the ridge and see the amazing view.

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