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Lake Blanche Trail

Salt Lake County, Utah

based on 25 reviews



6.76 miles

Elevation Gain

2766 ft

Route Type



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. This can be longer depending on weather conditions and if you choose to loop the lake. 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.

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Lake Blanche Trail Reviews

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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