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Lake Blanche Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (65) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Epic views along this steep route, which has become a favorite in the Wasatch Range.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.3

KM

60%

Runnable

8,895' 2,711 m

High

6,307' 1,922 m

Low

2,592' 790 m

Up

2,592' 790 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This is a watershed so please no dogs, cats, horses or pet birds. Also, swimming is prohibited in the lake.

Overview

This is a great trail leading to three gorgeous lakes. It's a steep one; you gain 2700+ feet in about three miles. Access Dromedary & Sundial Peaks from here. Also, you can go up and over to Broads Fork.

Runner Notes

Be prepared for a climb. The route is short, but it is steep. You climb nearly 1000 ft/mile. The only water available is from the stream and lake, so you may want to filter it or bring your own.

Description

Lake Blanche is only one of three lakes up here. You can also get to Lake Florence and Lake Lillian. There is singletrack linking all three of them together. Also, you can run up the east trail to access the overlook into Mineral Fork and even up to Superior; this route is an expert-only route though.

Enjoy the trail up to Sundial Peak for a little more climb.

Along the trail you'll experience some great views of Raymond & Gobbler's Knob to the north. You'll also see a variety of wildlife including deer, moose, snakes, varieties of birds, and much more. Since you are on a north facing canyon you'll be inside the trees for the majority of your journey up to the lake. Once you switchback on the boulder field, you are within a half mile from the lake. Be sure to go around the lake to soak up the views.

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Shared By:

Jeremy Howlett

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 65 votes

#78

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  4.6 from 65 votes
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Photos

Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT
Iconic view from Lake Blanche (Early May)
May 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche in late spring.
Jun 13, 2017 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche
Jun 1, 2020 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche
Aug 25, 2020 near Alta, UT
View of Lake Blanche and surrounding peaks in early May
May 15, 2015 near Alta, UT

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Nov 30, 2020
Marcie Wallace
Sep 14, 2020
Dani Perry
Definitely more than a little underwhelmed by the lake at the top. Most of trail too rocky for trail running and views were mostly through trees 6.3mi — 2h 13m
Sep 7, 2020
Matt Hoover
Great hike, the lake was a little low and sort of underwhelmed, but fabulous views throughout. Definitely a good time. 7mi — 3h 30m
Jul 22, 2020
Emily Opp
Ended up doing 9.1 miles total because of some backtracking for a lost phone. Absolutely stunning scenery. 9.1mi — 3h 47m
Oct 19, 2019
Liz Roux
6.3mi — 2h 49m
Oct 17, 2019
Jackie Pova
Beautiful hike, love the fall colours 9mi — 4h 00m
Aug 11, 2019
James Dillon
Jun 27, 2019
Jesse Justice
7mi — 2h 20m