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    Intermediate (Square)
    Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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    Easy (Circle)
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    Lake Blanche Trail

    Lake Blanche hike near Salt Lake City, Utah

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    The popular hike up to Lake Blanche is a hotspot for the hikers of Salt Lake City, and for good reason. The stunning alpine lake sits nestled between beautiful, rocky mountains, creating an amazing visual that makes an epic reward for your efforts along the tiring trail.

    Route Description for Lake Blanche Trail

    Beginning just past the washrooms, head up the paved walkway and follow the river, where you will soonreach a sign with arrows for the Lake Blanche Trail. You will immediately start to climb up a steep grade that follows along the river, where you will soon pass over the water and find a rest bench. If you need a rest here, you will most likely not make it all the way up to the lake!

    The trail continues, relentlessly gaining elevation, before leading you out of the dense trees and away from the loud river. Looking back, you get stunning views of the opposite side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, including glimpses of Mt. Raymond-another hike on this website.

    The trail passes through thick cottonwood forests as it keeps ascending, switchbacking occasionally as your quads burn. Finally, the rocky ridge below the lake will come into view and you will know the prize is near.

    You will soon crest the ridge and find the gorgeous lake expanding below you. Dromedary Peak to the right and Sundial Peak to the left fill all the space above the lake. Relax on the gently sloping rocks beside the lake to soak in the view and some sun.

    You return the way you came.

    Frequently asked questions about Lake Blanche

    Can you swim in Lake Blanche Utah?

    Unfortunately, swimming - along with campfires and dogs - are prohibited at Lake Blanche.

    How many miles is Lake Blanche?

    This out-and-back trail to Lake Blanche is 10.9 km long.

    Can you fish in Utah’s Lake Blanche?

    Lake Blanche is an excellent place for fishing, as it is home to a number of species including brown, cutthroat, rainbow, and brook trout.

    Insider Hints for Lake Blanche Trail

    • Lake Blanche is a popular, easy one-night backpacking trip, or a perfect picnicking lake!
    • Many fishermen bring their rods up to fish the lake in the spring.
    • No swimming is allowed since Lake Blanche is part of the Salt Lake City watershed.

    Getting to the Lake Blanche Trail Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead of Lake Balance hike, drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road for 9.7 km. Look out for a tight switchback in the road and find the Broadsfork Trailhead at the apex of the first turn. The small parking area fills up super fast, and many people end up parking along the narrow road.

    Route Information

    • When to do:

      Late spring through early fall

    • Backcountry Campsites:

      Popular camping at the lake

    • Toilets:

      At trailhead

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

    Lake Blanche Trail Elevation Graph

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