Lake Blanche hike
The popular hike up to Lake Blanche is hotspot for the hikers of Salt Lake City for a reason. A stunning alpine lake nestled between beautiful, rocky mountains are your reward for the tiring trail.
Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road for 6.0mi. 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.
|When to do|
Late spring through early fall
Popular camping at the lake
Out and back
Route Description for Lake Blanche
Beginning just past the washrooms, head up the paved walkway following the river. Soon you will reach a sign with arrows for the Lake Blanche Trail. You will immediately start to climb up a steep grade, following the river. Soon you will pass over the river 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. Soon you will be 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.
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.
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