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White Pine Lake Trail

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White Pine Lake Trail is a 10.5 mile heavily 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: 10.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,762 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

no dogs

Note: Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. 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
rocky
snow
2 hours ago

Beautiful overnight by the lake. Some patches of ice on the way up that are unavoidable and if you’re staying the night up there it’s quite cold... be prepared.

hiking
5 hours ago

Beautiful, shimmering aspens, frozen waterfall, scenic overlook

hiking
rocky
snow
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

It was a great hike. Up and back in about 5 hours

hiking
snow
2 days ago

I made this trail into a two day backpacking trip. I hiked up to White pine lake at sunset and set up camp. The trail is a constant climb until the last half mile, my legs were dead after the ascent. Then I woke up in the morning and made the descent, which was ten times easier. Overall it was 12 miles and took me 6 hours of hiking, but I did have a heavy pack so you might be faster than that.Make sure you have good shoes as the trail is icy in some sections. Great hike!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike, loved the changing leaves. At the time we hiked the lake was very very low which was disappointing but still a beautiful hike.

hiking
9 days ago

At this time of year it's the changing colors of the aspens and maples that are breathtaking, so coming down after 3pm made for beautiful light on the fall colors that I didn't appreciate going up. The semi-frozen streams are also really cool. But the lake was a little underwhelming as water level low and definitely not blue by October. Hiking notes: take layers as it is cold at the summit. 90% of it is a slow uphill, there is nothing more than 30 degrees incline so technically not hard, it's just a really long walk up. Trail is mostly well cleared so low top trail shoes are fine. The last switchback to get to the lake is fully exposed, when you get to the top you can see the lake, and you hike down a bit if you want to get to the lake edge. Total trip time for me was 5.5 hours.

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rocky
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Beautiful views across the talus field. Lake is nice, though low. Far less people on this trail than Red Pine Lake which made it very quiet and nice. For pics visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/10/08/hikes-in-little-cottonwood-canyon/

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
21 days ago

I was lucky enough to hit the new snow from last night before much of it melted today. Everything looked amazing this morning! Temps were below freezing until the sun came over the ridge but with the right clothes and shoes it was just great! Next time I will have to hit one of the peaks above the lake too.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
22 days ago

Beautiful hike! I definitely recommend this one if you’re up for the challenge, bring hiking boots, around this time it’s super icy up there, I also recommend you bring snacks! The lake is such a reward! It’s a hard one for sure though.

hiking
muddy
snow
22 days ago

Very quiet, and beautiful!

hiking
29 days ago

White pine top down

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike all around!

hiking
muddy
30 days ago

Great hike! The level of the lake is quite low right now. I went around the lake before hiking back down.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Didn’t quite go all the way. Lovely temperature. Nice and cool in the shade with a gentle breeze.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome hike!!

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