Explore the most popular camping trails near Salt Lake City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
2 days ago

Started trail this morning around 6:30. Trail is very fun right now with the right equipment. Muddy/water flow on trail, 1.5 or so, ice and snow. Not pot holing early morning until you get to lake. With sun up at top of trail minor pot holing. Equipment suggestions: microspikes (its very icy right at least half way up), trekking poles and gloves. I ran in baseball cap, tank top and tights. Hands even with wool gloves got very cold (started to hurt), until getting to top. Super fun and technical at present.

hiking
3 days ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Always such a good time. Have gone multiple times and always look forward to going again!

This hike was amazing! I did it this past weekend and didn’t need spikes or snow shoes (the snow was packed down enough). Got super sunburnt on my face so wear sunscreen!

hiking
13 days ago

Neffs canyon is my dogs favorite!

Went during the snowstorm; bring your spikes or you won’t get too far! Lake was still covered in snow and not very visible, but really pretty nonetheless. Definitely worth the hike up.

Ok so this review is for those that are not local or are used to hiking in snow. I am from Florida so while hiking isn’t new doing it in snow is.

First all the info on this site was really great. When I read the comments like “some snow and ice” and maybe wear “ice spikes”. I vastly under estimated things.

I did buy snow spikes but I had no idea how to get the right size or how to put them on.. so off I went without them.

BAD MISTAKE... the first of many

I started the trail and there “some” snow but not to bad and I did have a walking stick so all was well... until....it was a pure snow/ice trail and not even really a trail once you get up a ways.. just other people’s foot prints you are following

Not having the spikes made it hell and yes this is rated “hard “ for a reason it is always going up.

But about a mile from the top I literally was stopping every 100 yards or so needing to catch my breath and I am in pretty good shape. It was (1) walking uphill in the snow with no spikes and (2h failing to realize that coming from Florida to this elevation in Utah and then walking up a mountain was overwhelming me because I was t acclimated we all (had been in Utah less than 24 hours .

But... I made it in about 2 1/2 hours and let me tell you the view was breathtaking. What an incredible experience.

I meet some locals who were super friendly and we chatted awhile and he offered me an extra pair of spikes he had... I figured going down would be easy so I said no. Bad mistake #2

It’s as steep going down as going up and so I was literally sliding through the ice and fell hard a dozen or so times. But made it down in 2 hours.

So I wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be but getting to the stop was worth it.

So... WEAR SNOW SPIKES

Great view all around. It took as like 1:40 to the top and 40 minutes back. Snow is splashy and could still use spikes for better grabbing if you have one.

Awesome hike. It was a challenge but i made it. I took my time and lots of breaks. There was still snow, but I didn't need any snow snow shoes. I just used spikes and sometimes I used my trekking poles. Nice views at the top.

Went up last week, tons of snow and quite a bit of ice on the lower parts of the trail. Sunset was beautiful and it took 1 1/2 hrs to get up. (we were going really fast) plan for just over 2 hrs and bring spikes!

What an amazing trip up to Blanche today. The trail is hard packed all the way to the top. Snow shoes not needed to the lake but spikes are highly recommended. The sun was out and no wind. Even lugged up some ice fishing gear and landed 5 browns in only 20 min. Nothing above 10”. The action is fast due to lack of food right now I’m sure. The ice was about 4 feet deep and plenty safe. We head lumped early, but the trail was busy on our way down. Everyone was really respectful and nice and I was glad to see many people enjoying the amazing day. Happy trekking

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Went up this trail 3/4/18 after a really solid snowfall in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Trail visible the first mile and a half or so from others doing some trailblazing, but then everything from there was covered in 2-3 feet of snow. Had to trailblaze with the snow to my hips but so long as you're prepared for that after a big snowfall, you'll be fine! Absolutely beautiful trail even in the winter, everything covered in white. If hiking in deep snow, make sure to check avalanche reports, have correct gear and don't go alone.

Beautiful trail, hiked it last fall and will do it again!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Awesome hike after a good snowfall. Could get away with hiking it with some good spikes. Didn’t need my snowshoes the entire time. The views were amazing at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Hike! Wear layers. MicroSpikes are very very very helpful. Allow 2-3 hours to get to the top. Lake frozen, but Sundial Peak dominates the scenery. Totally worth it!

Hiked up in normal hiking shoes, but snow cleats would have been a better choice. This trail is so lovely even in the winter!

hiking
2 months ago

Easily one of my favorite hikes. It doesn’t take a long time to get there, it’s not too hard, there are lots of places to hammock when you get there, and the lake is so beautiful and clear! I love going up there to relax and enjoy the pretty view :)

Love this hike! First time going and the scenery is beautiful! Wear your micro spikes or you’ll have a hard/funny time coming down ;)

Amazing hike! Went yesterday and trail was easily visible. Wore snow traction cleats and didn’t have a problem hiking to the end.

The trail was so beautiful today. We hiked up then missile shedded down.

beautiful hike pretty intense!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This trail is so beautiful!!! I used spikes and boots until just over 8,000 feet and then switched to snow shoes. The first half mile the ascent was pretty icy, make sure you have some spikes. Also, once you get to the ridge (around mile 2.5) don’t miss the left turn!

3 months ago

I did this trail in November of 2016 when I visited SLC and it still remains my favorite hike of all time...didn’t have the proper shoes at all and it took me around 4.5 hours but still best hike I’ve ever done

hiking
3 months ago

It was pretty slippery in spots today but I saw plenty of people in regular shoes navigating just fine. I'm pretty sure I would have died without my crampons, boots and poles but I'm a total amateur. Really pretty today. I saw some people sledding back down in little seats.

hiking
3 months ago

Didn't make it quite to the lake because a storm started rolling in, but man was it pretty. it was slick in some spots, but I didn't even wear snow boots and did fine on most of it.

hiking
3 months ago

packed with snow, ice cleats are a good idea but slip resistant snow boots worked fine today.

on Lake Blanche Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Yes! Easy access to the trailhead, which has restrooms! The ascent was taxing, but the beauty surrounds you from the beginning: Cottonwood Creek, the jagged cliffs the SW, and SLC in the distance. Lake Blanche appears to be an old reservoir, as the dam holding it back looks made of stone (there was snow everywhere so I couldn't quite determine). Lots of picturesque snacking spots by the lake, all with sweet views of SLC (inversion was absent on the day we went). Highly recommend!

Beautiful trail! Microspikes are necessary right now especially on the steeper inclines. Took me 4 hrs round trip and I haven’t been hiking in months so a very doable trail.

on Lake Blanche Trail

3 months ago

Amazing trail. It's a moderate-hard trail because of steep inclines at certain points. Took me four hours round trip. A lot of icy patches as you get closer to the lake. Need yak tracks now due to snow. Saw three moose by the stream too.

icy right now on trail, post holing around the lake

trail running
3 months ago

Trail is well packed up to the lake. Trail shoes only worked great. It’s in great shape.

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