Lake Blanche Trail

Lake Blanche Trail, Salt Lake City: Address, Lake Blanche Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Lake Blanche Trail
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Emilyanne38
Stockholm, Sweden32 contributions
A challenging, beautiful hike
Jul 2021 • Friends
Hiked this with my husband this morning. We left early (8am) to avoid the heat. The route is quite steep and rocky. Hiking poles helped a lot. About 3/4 of the way through, I was completely tired and didn’t know if I could make it. But I did!! Felt great on the way down. The views are beautiful.
Written 21 July 2021
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Noelle819
Everywhere37 contributions
Great hike
Nov 2020
Started this hike at noon on a Friday. Of course I got a little lost trying to find the entrance but it's behind a closed off parking lot (at least closed on 11/6) so you walk up maybe 5-10 min to the start of the trail. The ascent was actually pretty steep but great views along the way. It took me 2 hours to get to the top for a view of the lake. I went around to see the other lakes and thought I could do a quick loop but ended up giving up and making my own path back to the first lake to start heading back down. I spent about an hour at the top trying to do this loop around the second lake. The way down is always easier for me so it only took me an hour from when I started going back but I was speed walking the whole way down. Total time was ~4 hrs but that's because of the 45 min to an hour I spent at the top. I thought the trail was pretty packed for a Friday, probably saw 30 or so people. Also, there was a Moose just sitting on the side of the trail, it was there when I went up and 2 hours later when I came back, so that was a highlight. It says moderate on alltrails and it was a pretty good effort to get up.
Written 8 November 2020
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PhlegmMaster
Phoenix, AZ3,386 contributions
Gorgeous Hike!
Sep 2020
My wife and I hiked this trail 4 years ago, so being in the area again, we had to do this hike one more time!

It took us just under 3 hours to go up, and 3 hours to come back down. We're not the fastest hikers, so many people passed us, but we were never in any hurry.

A beautiful, peaceful journey!
Written 5 October 2020
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Ludo F
12 contributions
Amazing hike!
Jul 2020
Lake Blanche is my absolute favorite hike and it's definitely a must when visiting Utah! The hike is easily accessible from Big Cottonwood Canyon and is usually well shaded! However, I would recommend starting the hike early in the summer. I would rate it as a moderate hike since it is quite steep! The lake is breathtaking! My favorite time of the year to do this hike is June or late May :)
Written 30 July 2020
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nabeab
Hollywood, FL5,133 contributions
Absolutely amazing!
Jul 2020 • Family
We did 5 hrs in total. 2 hrs to go up, stayed there for a while and then down.
It is 4 miles up, no 2.8 as it is stated in the info.
Written 3 July 2020
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Satyabrata
New Delhi1,770 contributions
Fantastic views
Jan 2020 • Friends
A moderate hike of 2 hr up and 1 hr down from the car park, Blanche Lake is a gem. The hike gets bit steep towards the end. Being winter didn't find too many hikers. The lake was frozen. The sharp peak at the backdrop is rather dramatic. Awesome all round views. I definitely want to hike here in summer too. Do carry water and snacks. In winters, micro spikes is advisable.
Written 28 January 2020
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Gixxer
Dallas, TX87 contributions
Great medium difficulty trail
Sep 2019
I was visiting St Lake and found this trail. This is a medium difficulty trail and you have to be somewhat physically fit to do this. It is uphill the whole way. Most of the trail is well groomed but there are some areas which are rocky. The trail took me about 2.5 hours to complete. I was walking at a brisk pace since I didn't start till late in the afternoon and wanted to be done before it got dark. Suggestion is to start early in the day and plan for around 3-4 hours depending how long you plan to stay at the top.

One of the best trails I have hiked. You can hear the waterfall in the near distant majority of the way. Lots of shady spots along the way and large rocks along the trail to take a break. Once you get to the top (by the lake) the rocks are beautiful. The lake is gorgeous and I wish I had more time to just enjoy the scenery and inhale the fresh air. Definitely a must do if you in St Lake.
Written 5 November 2019
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Petrina C
4 contributions
A morning well spent
Oct 2019 • Friends
Get there early for parking in the small lot near the trailhead! It took us almost 3hrs to go up, with plenty of stops to take photos and rest (we are complete amateurs and had our 60yo mom with us). The trail is well marked and the view at the top (and also throughout) is worth the climb.
Written 28 October 2019
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AeneasAtSea
Salt Lake City, UT576 contributions
Steep but spectacular! A Utah top-10 for sure!
Jul 2019
This is perhaps my favorite Big Cottonwood Canyon hike; I've done it multiple times and never tire of it. It's especially spectacular in the fall when the leaves change color, since the gamble (scrub) oak and aspen are all yellow, the maples are bright red, and the conifers are green. When all those colors are seen against the lake and blue sky, it's just breathtakingly beautiful. The trail also features numerous places where you can see glacial scarring on the granite. And if it's not too crowded and you hike quietly, there is plenty of wildlife to see as well.

Once you reach Lake Blanche, there are less travelled trails down to two smaller sister lakes--Lake Florence and Lake Lillian. There are campsites by each lake. But be aware that if you hike down to them the only way out is to hike back up to Lake Blanche before descending on the main trail, since there are no cut-offs from the main trail to the lower lakes.

The hike begins in a small parking area which fills up quickly; it's not unusual to have to park quite a ways up the road on the shoulder and walk back to the trailhead. The lower part of the trail features a small waterfall and is popular with families and young children, but you quickly leave that crowd behind as the trail starts to climb, since it gets very steep. You ascend about 2,700 feet for about 3.5 miles before reaching Lake Blanche and it's unrelentingly uphill, and often without shade in the afternoon, so take plenty of water and plan on frequent breaks to catch your breath if you're not in marathon-running shape. The whole hike (not counting extended tin at the top of spur hikes) usually takes me around 3 hours, but I stop often to enjoy the view so it can certainly be hiked more quickly. But unless you're a trail runner, I'd count on at least 2 1\2 hours. Once at the top, you can see the entire valley open up below you as well as the gorgeous mountain scenery all around. It's definitely a class-A mountain hike. One of Utah's very best!
Written 13 August 2019
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Jeff Anderson
Alta, UT18 contributions
hiking BBC
Aug 2018 • Family
The hike to Lake Blanche is probably the favorite of all the hikes in BBC. It starts as an average incline with a few steeper spots for about 1 1/2 miles. The final 1/3 is steep with many switch-back for an additional 1 mile. You can go any day of the week and feel comfortable since the path is well used. In the final mile, there are 200 ft. of rockfall, but it isn't schist. The hike rises appx. 2300 ft. It should take appx 2 1/2 hrs at an average pace. Lots of people don't make it to the top but all seem to enjoy it.
Written 18 January 2019
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