Hike to White Pine Lake

Utah White Pine Lake Trailhead

Added by Eric Bennett

White Pine Lake makes for a great day hike or overnight backpacking trip. Keep in mind that this is watershed area, so swimming and dogs are NOT allowed at this lake.

Just about 5 miles (2-2.5 hrs) from the trailhead, you will find the beautiful White Pine Lake where the water is an intense blue color. It's an amazing place for photos and just hanging out on a summer or fall afternoon. Along the way you will have great views of mountains of all colors, beautiful granite, meadows, streams, and valleys. Since it's a relatively short hike, you can make this a day trip or overnight. Just make sure that your campsite is at least 200 feet from the lake and the trail.

You can camp and have campfires up at the lake, so if you're up for something even more special, bring your backpacking gear and get ready for a night under the stars...it's a great place for a quick but enjoyable overnighter.

Pack List

Day Hike:
  • Hiking shoes
  • At least 2 liters of water per person
  • Lose fitting hiking clothes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Warm clothes (temps will drop)
  • Food
  • Water
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



10 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2450 Feet



Family Friendly

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3 months ago

Backpacking Heaven

I did this hike as a backpacking trip when I was 13. Amazing destination, great camp spots!

3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike - wrong driving direction

The driving directions below is not correct you have to go on the 210 to begin the trail, 200 ft after Tanners' campground. The hike is nice to do in Summer, 5.5 miles from the trailhead to the Lake.

3 months ago

6 months ago

Nice Getaway

It's a beautiful place worth of hike and time! Hiked it recently without snow so couldn't say how to prepare or how much harder would it be. Loved it.

6 months ago

6 months ago


I went with my older brother on this hike and thank goodness I did. Not only were we both unprepared but it hurt going up in regular tennis shoes/street shoes. Had no grip or equipment to go up against the snow. It was brutal, but fun :) just wouldn't recommend going while there is snow on the ground during the hike. Because hiking up to the cave/donut falls itself was a challenge on its own. It's slippery, slick, and if you're wearing shorts like I did, your knees will get scraped up. All in all, it was fun but next time I'll do this hike during the summer time when there is no snow ūüėĀ

6 months ago

8 months ago

Always Great

I have done this hike a few times and even though it's long, it's worth it! I love the meadows on the way up. The lake is a great place to sit and relax before you tackle the hike back down.

8 months ago

over 1 year ago

For anyone heading up before late summer, be aware that there is still A LOT of snow at the top and the path isn't clear, so be ready for snow sliding and boulder climbing! Thank you for the awesome adventure! The lake while frozen is incredibly beautiful as well!

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over 1 year ago

Thanks for all the photos and details for each hike/adventure. I love them!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Little Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed. Swimming and dogs are prohibited at this lake.

over 1 year ago

Added by Eric Bennett

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

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