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Lake Blanche Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, 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.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 2,706 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Rocky Snow No dogs
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Note: Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. The gate to the parking lot may close in the winter, making parking much more difficult and along the road. Though demanding, this hike has it all: beautiful mountaintop lake, awesome views, and abundant wildlife. Plan to stop several times to catch your breath. 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. ADVISORIES: The trail does not start at the information board labeled "Lake Blanche Trail." The trailhead is 1/4 mile from the parking lot right beside the creek coming down from the drainage. 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. In the winter, Spikes and poles are highly recommended. No fires are permitted anywhere in the Lake Blanche (Mill B South) drainage. As the area is in a federally designated Wilderness area, drones are not permitted to take off from, land in, or be operated from that area.

Get there early for parking! Park at the trailhead, or along the road if it is full (and it typically is).

Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84121; (801) 943-1794

The Lake Blanche Trailhead is 4.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Mill B South Fork Picnic Ground. Getting to Big Cottonwood Canyon: Take I-215 South (freeway will become I-215 East) until you reach the 6200 South exit. Turn right onto Wasatch Boulevard, then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon. The intersection is clearly signed. You will see a 7-11 store to your right. From the north or south ends of the valley, take I-15 to I-215 East and follow the directions above. Locating the trailhead: 4.4 miles up the canyon, you will reach an S-Curve (look for the Mill B South signs). There are two parking lots, one to the right of the lower bend (the trailhead begins at the east end of this lot), and one inside the upper bend of the "S". The trail is paved for the first .35 miles. The beginning of the mountain (unpaved) portion of the Lake Blanche Trail is clearly marked.

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Rachel Crompton
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carol dalton
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best to do on a cool day. if not- drink lotsa water and dress light! one of us ran out of water. saw 3 moose on the way up. Colors gorgeous... still a lot of people out hiking on a Thursday. It’s a grind- about 900ft per mile in elevation gain!

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Darin Rich
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More mentally challenging than physical. It felt like never ending false summits and switchbacks. Just when you think you’re almost there the trail cuts back. Repeatedly.

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Kevin Kabler
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Great trail. Very few people on a Wed at 7:15am start. Saw four bull moose.

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Randi Alto
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Well worn trail, get there early to avoid crowds. A bit strenuous, I wouldn't recommend for small children. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes.

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Katie Regan
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Stunning! Very scenic

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Michael Mayer III
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Amazing. Beautiful. Worth it.

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Sierra Johnson
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3rd time doing this hike and I still underestimated it.. it’s definitely not something I would choose to do on a first date, but it’s an eventual must-do for people near Salt Lake! Longer than 6.9 miles to the top, I recorded 8.7 (but this did include walking around the lake approx .3 miles)

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Rick Saunders
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To the person who commented about drones at the lake. That area is in a designated wilderness area. Drones are not permitted in wilderness areas. "UAS are considered to be both “motorized equipment” and “mechanical transport” as such they cannot take off from, land in, or be operated from congressionally designated Wilderness Areas. " https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/aviation/uas/responsible-use

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tom glass
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Went on a Sunday. About 30 people when I went up and only a dozen on the way down. Pleasantly surprised how quiet it was. Beautiful views at the top and on the way down. Saw one female moose and 2 males

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Matt Matulonis
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Fun lakes for fishing.

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Emily Elizabeth
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Ryan Barker
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Angie Dunn
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Great hike today with an 8 am start. Saw a big bull moose on the way up off by the river. Perfect start to the day.

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Grace Heymsfield
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Beautiful hike! Very narrow. We started at 7 am and saw 2 moose. The colors have already turned to fall. Counted 251 people total (ended at 11 am).

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Lauren Salvia
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Like others say, this is a hard trail, but well worth the amazing views. Make sure to bring at least 2L per person of water. I saw a few folks wearing sneakers...I’d highly recommend hiking boots.

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Brandon Zacharias
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Enrique Torres Jr.
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Got there around 8 Friday morning and parked next to the trailhead. Fun hike, wear good shoes!

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Aaron Dees
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Done this one like 3 times. Beautiful in every season, but winter just might be my fave. Nothing scary, but it's a good workout. You'll love it.

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Chris Busk
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Steep climb with big payoff. Not crowded at end of day but get down before dark. Saw 2 big bull moose on the trail during descent.

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JR Welan Pascua
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Elevation gain was a killer! Feels like a never ending steepness! Heavily trafficked like a one person trail mostly. Rest up a lot! Make sure your legs are prepared for it! Took us forever from 830 - 230pm lol that's how slow we are, but we did enjoy the view from the top. Saw a moose almost close to the trail, like 8ft from us. And oh there was a Karen who shouted at those kids from flying a drone when she could've said it nicely. I do think drones aren't forbidden by the lake. KAREN's are real!

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Yna Dimaala
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Good hike. Saw moose on the way back.

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Wyatt Buttars
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As one of the busier trails in the area, I was surprised it wasn’t a little busier than it was. Especially today (Labor Day). We started a little later in the morning (10:45am) and was glad we did because most people seem to want to get there by 8 or 9. We passed 176 people coming down the trail while we were going up. When we headed down we only passed 69 people coming up the trail. With the weather cooling a little bit and if you’re wanting to miss more crowds, I’d recommend getting a little bit later of a start in the morning like we did. Don’t forger to check out the other smaller lakes while you’re up there!

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Parul Sangwan
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Challenging trail but the views are definitely worth it!

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Vanna McCain
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Limni Velasquez
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Oddie Schulle
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This is the toughest trail we’ve hiked. It is not easy but the lake and view at the end is so worth it.

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Kendall Willardson
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Scott Wessing
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