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
2746 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

hot springs

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
15 minutes ago

Gorgeous payoff at the top. I started at dawn and had the trail almost completely to myself. About 3/4 a mile up the trail I stopped to take my sweatshirt off and the second I dropped my pack on the ground a moose stood up out of the bushes not 20 feet from where I was standing. Although we had only just met, I quickly decided it was time to go :/ There's still snow on the trail towards the top but you can get through it easily; going down is a bit slippery in spots though so take care. It was 30 degrees at 7am this morning up there so plan for that :)

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3 days ago

Amazing views!! It sure was hard work to get there! It's a snow scramble for about half a mile before reaching the lake, but absolutely worth every step!

3 days ago

Did this back in November, it was beautiful, but took me awhile as it was steep. It was longer than 7 miles but I went past to the other 2 lakes.

hiking
14 days ago

Snow level is about 7800' but it's not an issue until 8000'. Even then, no problem to the lakes even in regular shoes. Lake is visible and has broken through the ice. Wonderful hike.

15 days ago

This trail was freaking awesome. I hiked it a few weeks ago when it was really snowy. It may still be but it was definitely one of the best hikes I've done.

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19 days ago

This trail has a variety of different landscapes! It is a little difficult if you're not hiking a whole lot, but definitely doable for all ages. The ending is well worth it!

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20 days ago

Beautiful hike. Still a lot of snow on the last mile, and the last stretch to the top was steep enough to kick some steps. Lake still covered in snow but quieter this time of year with nice views!

22 days ago

Good Hike. Snow on the last mile and the lake is covered in snow still as well.

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22 days ago

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22 days ago

It was a beautiful day. There is a lot of snow toward the top which likely will melt within the next week or two with the high temperatures. Lake is just starting to melt.

26 days ago

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26 days ago

My absolute favorite hike in Utah. It takes about 3+hours round trip. The view from the top is breathtaking!

27 days ago

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28 days ago