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.
- Hiking shoes
- At least 2 liters of water per person
- Lose fitting hiking clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Warm clothes (temps will drop)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
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.
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 😁
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!
More Adventures Nearby
Camp up Murdock Basin Road
Utah / Murdock Basin Road
Murdock Basin Road is located about 22 miles up Mirror Lake Highway (UT-150) from Kamas, UT.
Backpack to Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District
Utah / Squaw Flat Campground
A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experi.