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8 Alpine Lake Hikes in Utah's Wasatch Front

Yeah, yeah, hiking is all about the journey, but it sure doesn't hurt to have destinations like these at the end of the trail.

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When most folks think of adventure in Utah, it’s likely that their minds immediately go to two things: the epic national parks in the south, and the world-class skiing in the north. What most folks may not know is that when summer rolls around, the ski slopes turn to wildflower gardens, endless hiking trails open up, and the snow melts into picturesque alpine lakes dotting the Wasatch Mountains. Whether you make Park City or Salt Lake your basecamp, you’ll be in striking distance of any of these 8 lake hikes. So check out the list, pick your poison, channel your inner Julie-Andrews- as-Maria- Von-Trapp, and hit the trail.

1. Lake Blanche

Photo: Eric Bennet

2. Desolation Lakes

Photo: McKenzie Roers

3. Willow Lake

Photo: Colton Marsala

4. Red Pine Lake

Photo: Sam Watson

5. Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir

Photo: Tyler McFall

6. Silver Lake

Photo: Lindsay Daniels

7. Lakes Mary, Martha, and Catherine

Photo: Rebecca Jones

8. White Pine Lake

Photo: Eric Bennett

Get more information on these trails and others around Utah at Utah.com.

Cover photo: Eric Bennett

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