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    White Pine Lake Trail

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    17.2 km
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    828 m
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    The White Pine Lake Trail is a popular hike in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area, east of Salt Lake City, Utah. This hike is steep and rocky and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. The views along this trail are absolutely breathtaking and White Pine Lake itself a perfect spot for a picnic lunch or a night spent under the Utah stars.

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    Route Description for White Pine Lake Trail

    The White Pine Lake Trail is a gorgeous 16.1 km hike to a pristine alpine lake in the Utah wilderness. This trail is a challenging route for experienced hikers. With a steep, consistent incline over rocky terrain, hikers should be ready for a strenuous day. Proper hiking footwear, sunscreen, lots of water and lots of snacks are absolutely essential. We recommend bringing along hiking poles as well. If you are starting this hike later in the day, it's a good idea to bring along a flashlight or a headlamp in case you finish in the dark.

    Despite the challenge, the White Pine Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the area. This is because the trail to the lake and the lake itself are so incredibly beautiful. With pristine, azure water, the White Pine Lake reflects its surroundings to create a perfect, mirrored image of Utah’s natural beauty. If the hike up to White Pine Lake doesn’t leave you breathless, the views at the top surely will.

    To get to White Pine Lake, begin at the White Pine Trailhead on the south side of highway 210/Little Cottonwood Road. From the trailhead, cross over Little Cottonwood Creek then take a right to follow the Red, White, and Maybird Trail for 1.4 km to a divide. Take a left at this divide to begin up the switchbacks on the White Pine Lake Trail. Follow the White Pine Lake Trail south for 6.6 km to White Pine Lake.

    Take a long rest on the shores of White Pine lake and enjoy the beauty of the Utah Wilderness before either turning around and heading back to the trailhead, or setting up camp for a night spent under the stars.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in White Pine Lake, Utah?

    No, swimming is not permitted in White Pine Lake as it is part of a watershed.

    Can you fish at White Pine Lake?

    Yes, fishing is permitted at White Pine Lake in Utah. Wild Brook Trout are the most common fish at this lake.

    Insider Hints for White Pine Lake Trail

    • Although there is no established campground, camping and campfires are permitted at White Pine Lake
    • This route makes for a fantastic snowshoeing trail in the winter
    • Keep an eye out for moose who live around and wander on this trail

    Getting to the White Pine Lake Trail Trailhead

    This hike begins at the White Pine Trailhead on the south side of highway 210/Little Cottonwood Road approximately 10.6 km east of Sandy, Utah.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Camping at White Pine Lake

    • When to do

      April to October

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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