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Great experience every season. Start hiking very early to beat the crowds.
Lake Blanche is one of the most picturesque lakes in the Wasatch Mountains. With Sundial Peak over looking the three lakes (Blanche, Florence. & Lilian) and with the surrounding mountains creating a bowl of amazing views, it's hard to leave the trail to head back to your car. Lake Blanche is a perfect place to have a picnic, spend the day relaxing, it would be great for a quick over night backpacking trip, or if you are feeling motivated to keep going, you can hike up to the ridge or above the Sundial.
I usually hike up here every summer, but this year I wanted to see it snow covered with blue bird skies. I picked the right day to head up! I started hiking at 8:15 am to be the crowds. You don't want to get to the TH any later than 9am on weekends, because parking will be full. Once I got to the lake, I was the only one there, and had time to enjoy the view and relax by myself. In Winter, bring a thermos of chocolate or tea, something to sit on, and take time to enjoy the views.
Directions: From SLC, head south on I-15, then East on I-215. Take exit 6 for 6200 S/Wasatch Blvd, and turn right. Turn Left at the 7-11 for Big Cottonwood Canyon. Head up the canyon for 4.7 miles. Right at the "S" curve, on the south side of the road, you will see the trailhead sign for Mill B South. If the parking area is open, park there, or during winter you will need to park along the road.
Distance: 6 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
Time: Varies 2-8 hours depending on how long you stay at the lake
Dog friendly? No. This is located within watershed limits, and therefore no dogs are allowed in all of Big Cottonwood Canyon
Kid friendly? Older kids, yes
For more photos and trail guides by Alicia, head over to www.girlonahike.com