Day Hike to Lake Blanche

6 Miles Round Trip - 2700 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Lake Blanche Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Eric Bennett

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 (up Cottonwood Canyon).

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.


Easy Parking


6 Miles
2700 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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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.

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.

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.