Hike to White Pine Lake

Details

Distance

10 miles

Elevation Gain

2450 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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 (check here for the campfire situation before you go since permitting may have changed), 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. Make sure to bring bear canisters and follow proper bear protocol.

Lake Coordinates: 40.5412888,-111.6820147

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over 5 years 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.

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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