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Sundial Peak via Lake Blanche Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 4,130 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

No dogs

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After Blanche, the trail seems to disappear. Follow the stream next to the rock slabs. Once the trails curves east, the boulder hoping begins and eases up as you approach the ridgeline traverse. Comparing the ridgeline to Pfifferhorn, Sundial requires more concentration as it is longer and bit more exposed. The views from the summit are beautiful and well worth it. Overall, the “trail” passed Blanche is beautiful offers amazing views of streams/waterfalls and solitude. Please use Leave No Trace principals anytime you are hiking and consider the sensitive nature of off trail ecosystems before going off trail.

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Mark Lowrance
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HikingRockyScramble

Wow, that was a lot of knife edge bouldering/scrambling! Loved it. Harder than Pfeifferhorn in my opinion. Tried to follow the Alltrails recording after Blanche so we went pretty slow staring at my phone every two minutes. Next time should be quicker. 7am start, parking lot full. 80min to Blanche no stopping, 140mins to Sundial peak, 90min down to Blanche, 50min from Blanche down to car, jogging majority of that last stretch. 99 degrees heat heading down felt like 115! wish we would have started earlier. We went quite a ways past the peak trying to get to the far end overlook, the one you see from Blanche, but it got incredibly sketchy and I was feeling muscles fatigue so I turned back just a couple hundred yards away and ate and rested a while. Getting back down to Blanche and looking up at the incredible peak we just summited was crazy satisfying. If you haven't done Pfeifferhorn I would highly recommend doing that before this one to make sure you're comfortable with knife edge vertigo inducing scrambling for at least 60 minutes.

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Courtney Doane
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

This trail is pretty rocky but has gorgeous views all the way up. Be vigilant and look for trail signs. Trail is narrow so difficult to social distance- bring hiking buff. Took about 3ish- 4 hrs to complete.

Colton Johnson
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Hiking

No dogs allowed. Good to know before hand.

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Ethan Katz
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HikingScramble

7/3/2020 - Conditions were great, no snow, cooler than the valley but still quite hot. As other reviewers said it’s probably best to follow the runoff around like a hook, we ascended the ridge a little early which resulted in a bit of steep bouldering. As far as the ridge goes, it’s not too strenuous or difficult, but it is pretty exposed and can be freaky if you’re not accustomed to this type of bouldering.

Hanna Olsen
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HikingRockyScramble

Camped at Blanche then set off for the summit 6/20 around 6am. The trail is difficult to follow. We didn’t see any cairns on the way up but saw a few sporadically on the way down. My best advice would be to follow the main runoff stream west of Sundial. It will take you around the peak through the scramble until you hit the saddle. There is very little snow. The ridge is mellow, we were lucky to catch a mountain goat making his way down. Gorgeous views from the summit. Made it back to our camp around 10:30am, spent some time at the top.

Betsy Ruch
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

Bloody hell- who tracked this route? It leaves Blanche and goes up into the trees (make sure you stay west of the peak and not go around the lake) then with random slabs and lots of scrambling and bouldering it just goes straight up near creeks and waterfalls. Didn’t summit due to the fact that getting up to the last part of the ridge is definitely a climbers route. Bring poles. Extra water. And sunscreen since after Blanche it’s all exposed. We made our own way the entire time trying to stay somewhat close to this route but it was tough. Few critters here and there but no big animals. Good views of monte cristo, twin peaks, and storm mountain. To the man below who did it in 3 hours I applaud you. Blanche was beautiful. We started at 7:30 and had people coming down already. When we left it was pretty busy coming up. As always-remember to pack out what you pack in!

Jaimee Bruce
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Hiking

Forgot to turn off AllTrails, and drove about a mile. Poop dang. Also ate shit at the top hahaha very nice hike though! The climb felt good this time around!

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Sam Graff
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

8:45 started the trail and made the beautiful 3 mile hike to Lake Blanche in an hour, we were going quick though. 9:50 left Lake Blanche toward sundial peak and quickly lost the trail through the snow above the lake. It was pretty and hard. The snow was still pretty deep and me entire leg sunk through at least half a dozen times. The last bit is a narrow ridge line scramble to the summit. 11:45 we made it to the summit and it was awesome. The view was amazing, pretty worth it and a fun hike, if you aren’t a super sting hiker though I’d wait until the snow is gone first.

Ethan Breyer
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Don't go near snow-covered boulders. Other than that though, its difficult but well worth it.

Susan Karr
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HikingIcySnow

One of my favorite trails but you trade the beauty and furious sound of the rushing run-off from the snow melt for the icy slippery peak. Even with spikes the trail Got very slippery. At one point, we sunk down up to crotch from a hole in the snow. The lake is starting to melt and never fails to give a stunning view.

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