Hike to Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Lake Blanche Trail - Search Nearby - Added by James Troxell

-High Mountain Experience minutes away from Salt Lake City.-Challenging hike that rewards with beautiful views and a high chance of seeing wildlife.-Stick around and spend the night at the lake and take a swim if you so desire

-A true gem of a hike that is only minutes up big cottonwood canyon in Salt Lake City. The hike up is 3.3 miles or so and you will gain almost 3000 feet of elevation so it will make you sweat! The scenery at the end of the hike is a classic scene of high mountain lake with a jaw dropping backdrop of mountain peaks. If you have time to spare, there are two lakes off to the east that provide more solitude . You can backcountry camp at any of these lakes but it is a popular trail so you will have some crowds. If you want solitude wake up early and hit it during the week if you can. This trail can take up to three hours to hike up for the normal human, and there is plenty of scenery to take in along the way. If you want to burn some calories, one could hoof it up in an hour and some change. Be sure to take your camera on this one. Early morning and evenings are a treat, and the fall colors might make you never want to leave. About 2 miles up, you will get to an obvious boulder field, this is a switchback in the trail so make sure to head back and up and not across the boulder field.-The Lake Blanche Trailhead is 4.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Mill B South Fork Picnic area. From the south, take I-215 south until you reach the 6200 South exit. Turn right onto Wasatch Boulevard, then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon. The intersection is clearly signed. You will see a 7-11 store to your right. From the north or south ends of the valley, take I-15 to I-215 East and follow the directions above. 4.4 miles up the canyon, there an S-Curve in the canyon road. There are two parking lots, one to the right of the lower bend and one inside the upper bend of the "S". The trail is paved for the first .35 miles. The beginning of the mountain portion of the Lake Blanche Trail is clearly marked on the right hand side

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Fishing
Photography
Swimming
Backpacking
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic

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