White Pine Lake Trail

HARD 244 reviews
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White Pine Lake Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2782 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

no dogs

The White Pine trailhead is on the south side of the road, 5.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon and 0.7 miles below Snowbird. The turnoff for the parking area is just after a turn and is easy to miss. Start slowing down just after the "White Pine Slide Area" sign. An asphalt path leads from the parking area to a footbridge across the stream

hiking
7 days ago

Trail was super rocky, and as you got toward the top you were walking through probably a foot of snow for the last hour. Took about 3.5 hours at a moderate pace to get to the lake, which was very shallow and not really that special. It was so small that is was hard to find almost. Maybe October isn't the best month for this trail.

At least during this time of the year, I would recommend wearing something a little better than tennis shoes too. My shoes and socks were soaked, and they were also covered in mud. It was also very slippery in some areas, at times you're walking on pure ice.

It just seemed like a lot of time invested (7 hour round trip), for nothing too spectacular. My phone recorded 14.5 miles once I got to the bottom, and although phones can be inaccurate; it did feel like a lot more walking than 10 miles. The high snow and having to carefully strafe the trail in order to not slip probably didn't help.

hiking
10 days ago

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hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful trail started early, at the top there was close to a foot of snow to hike through. Still worth it, the trail was really wet on the way down (expect water in your shoes) . Took about 4 hrs to get up cause of the snow and about 2 to get down. Saw a bunch of deer.

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing trail- saw a moose and some deer. Well maintained

hiking
22 days ago

I went on thursday morning. it took me about 3.5 hours to finish at a good pace. It was easier than red pine in my humble opinion. first time doing it, beautiful views, definitely cold. I would recommend gloves!! great hike!

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked to the lake and then bagged Red Baldy. Cold (25°F?) and windy with a dusting of snow on the ground near the lake and all the way up to the peak. Awesome views, wide trail.

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29 days ago

It was so cold up there this morning! We saw several hunters but very little wildlife.
I enjoyed that the trail was nice and wide which was helpful for a group to be able to hike together.
The last mile to the lake was covered in icy snow but not too slick.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

My first time hiking White Pine. I loved the trail but my legs were definitely tired after this one!

The lake is gorgeous, we got rained on a little, and didn't see one other person the whole hike down. And: the aspen leaves are starting to turn - yay!

hiking
1 month ago

I recorded 10.2 miles round trip. This is a trail that is an old road leading all the way to the lake. I just wish I started hiking earlier to enjoy the sun over the lake. overall, great!!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

fantastic ROI

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail in the Wasatch. Wide enough to go with a loved one and walk side by side. The lake is one of my favorite places on earth ❤️