Day Hike to Lake Blanche

Utah Lake Blanche Trail

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Lake Blanche is a picturesque lake in Utah's Wasatch Range. Enjoy waterfalls and flowing streams as you head up the trail. Blanche is also a great spot to camp if you want to make this an overnight adventure.

The hike is only 6 miles roundtrip, but it's pretty steep the whole way. It will take about 1.5 - 2 hrs to get up and about 45 min - 1hr to get back down. At the Mills B Trailhead, you will head to the far end of the parking lot and follow the paved walkway for about 5 minutes until you see the Lake Blanche Trailhead sign on your right.

Follow the trail and head across the bridge to your left and stay on the Lake Blanche Trail all the way to the lake. There are a few spots where the trail is less marked, but if you keep your eyes on the trail and look for markers, you should be fine.

There are a lot of great spots to set up around the lake and relax...especially if you have a hammock! Unfortunately, at Lake Blanche there are no dogs, campfires or swimming allowed.

Pack List

  • Hammock
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Good hiking boots
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How to Get There

My Favorite Hike in the Wasatch

This glacial basin high in the Wasatch Mountains is a favorite of many locals, including me. It's tough, gaining significant elevation quickly, but there is no greater sight than seeing Sundial Peak and the red, glacial-scarred rock as you approach the top. The entire hike is beautiful, with dramatic views of the salt lake valley, a trek through an aspen forest, and gorgeous wildflowers in summer. If you go during the week you can avoid the crowds, and make sure to visit the two smaller lakes as well, which can be accessed to the right of Lake Blanche. There are many exposed sections on this hike so plan to go early and bring a lot of water, you'll need it! Hiking poles are also helpful on the steep descent.

23 days ago

about 1 month ago

Quick hike with great views

I hiked this trail the beginning of July, so it was starting to get really hot. We started the hike a little later than normal (around 9 AM), so the descent down was pretty hot. I would recommend going earlier. The earlier you go, the cooler it will be and less crowded it will be. That being said, the hike wasn't nearly as crowded or as hot as I would expect on a fourth of July weekend. There is lots of coverage for most of the trail and the steepness is pretty consistent. The lake itself is really pretty and there is a nice loop that goes around the lake. I would recommend anyone to go check it out for a quick little hike.

about 1 month ago

7 months ago

Crowded but Worth It

Lake Blanche is one of the more crowded trails in BCC but the view at the top is breath taking. Perfect place to hang out and skip rocks.

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

Strenuous But Beautiful

Trail was shady in a lot of areas so the summer heat was an issue but it wasn't as bad as we were expecting. Views were worth it.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Summer Hiking

If you're doing this hike with any snow it becomes a bit difficult and takes twice as long. When the snow melts there is a huge waterfall at the top that you can see from the lake looking south.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Absolutely Beautiful!

My girlfriend and I did this hike yesterday and we loved it. The scenery is beautiful the whole way up, and there are plenty of spots with shade for quick breaks. No body was joking about it being uphill the whole way, but I didn't find it to be too bad. It took us about two hours up and an hour down with a few short breaks. The lake and peak are stunning. Easily the most beautiful end to a hike I've ever had.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Hike to Lake Blanche

This was an incredible hike, beautiful scenery culminating with a breathtaking view atop the mountains.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Beautiful Mountain Lake

This hike is beautiful, but can easily get crowded along the trail depending on the time you go. Make sure to leave early enough in the day so that you don't get caught out in the dark - the trail may only be 3 miles, but there's about 1000 feet of elevation gain per mile. Just before you get to the top there is a short section that cuts through a boulder field, but nothing technical. A lot of climbers know this lake because of the iconic Sundial Peak that sits across the lake from the trail. Trekking poles may be helpful for some.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Great Summer Hike

Went on this hike in early July of last year. Awesome hike! Left pretty early when it was still fairly cool up the canyon, which made it nice because I was able to get up he trail more than halfway before it started to get too warm. I was a bit more winded than I expected but once you get to the top, overlooking the lake with the peak in the background...that makes it all worth it! There are 2 smaller lakes up there as well. Lots of exploring and relaxing can be done up there. Well worth it!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Unexpected!

When I started this hike I thought it was only going to be 3 miles total! So I didn't bring nearly enough water, but the hike was so worth it. The mountain was gorgeous and the lake was stunning and epic to walk around. Also, the rocks on the way up were sick!

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Solid, but you're gonna work for it

Like many have said, the way there is straight uphill. There's a nice river that runs along the trail at the beginning and you can often find moose hanging around. I'm 24 and consider myself fit, and it was tougher than I was expecting. It took me an hour and a half to get up. Also, have the expectation that the lake is more of a pond. Pictures make it look bigger than it is. But still very pretty and nice to post up and enjoy the views from the top for a while. I went last week and the changing leaves were beautiful.

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

The Hike That Never Ends

This place would make a wonderful base camp for further expeditions. However, the altitude sickness I endured made it seem like this hike never ended...going up or going down. Great exercise, wonderful scenery, but bring lots of water if you're not acclimated to the thinner air!

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

One of the most beautiful hikes on the Wasatch front area. It may be a beginner trail but is consistently uphill the entire way and at least 2 hrs to the lake. Bring lots of water for this beautiful 1/2 day hike.

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Last year I did this hike in all 4 seasons. It was amazing each time! I usually do not like super crowded trails, but this one is so amazing I do not mind.

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

What an amazing view in the spring! Snow and warmth all in one!

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Incredible hike! It's long, but sooo well worth it. I went on Memorial Day, and the hike began as a warm one but as we got to the top it got pretty chilly. When you reach the lake, make the moment by pulling out your snacks (cookies, crackers, grapes are awesome) and your camera!

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Did this hike in late spring and ran into a LOT of snow, and the lake was still frozen which was REALLY cool looking. Need to go back & explore it again this summer =)

about 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

An amazing first-timer. We got a range of weather from overcast and 50 degrees to fresh powder. Each moment was breathtaking!

over 2 years ago

Added by Eric Bennett

Instagram: @bennettfilm Videographer, Photographer from San Diego, CA currently living in Provo, UT

Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2700 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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