Lake Blanche Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Lake Blanche is one of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake City area, not only because the walk is relatively short and the trailhead easy to get to, but because of the scenic beauty and the geologic attractions within the Lake Blanche Basin. Blanche and its two sister lakes, Florence and Lillian, sit in a high alpine basin that was dug out by a glacier during the last ice age. Long straight scratch marks and deep polished grooves, etched out by the glacier, are still clearly visible on the stone surrounding the lakes. Picturesque Sundial Peak (10,320 ft.), which the Wasatch Mountain Club uses as its emblem, rises abruptly from the south shore of Lake Blanche, and Dromedary Peak (11,170 ft.) is only a mile to the southwest. Blanche, its two sister lakes, Dromedary Peak, and the Sundial are all part of Utah's 11,300-acre Twin Peaks Wilderness Area.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Lake Blanche is one of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake City area, not only because the walk is relatively short and the trailhead easy to get to, but because of the scenic beauty and the geologic attractions within the Lake Blanche Basin. Blanche and its two sister lakes, Florence and Lillian, sit in a high alpine basin that was dug out by a glacier during the last ice age.

Long straight scratch marks and deep polished grooves, etched out by the glacier, are still clearly visible on the stone surrounding the lakes. Picturesque Sundial Peak (10,320 ft.), which the Wasatch Mountain Club uses as its emblem, rises abruptly from the south shore of Lake Blanche, and Dromedary Peak (11,170 ft.) is only a mile to the southwest. Blanche, its two sister lakes, Dromedary Peak, and the Sundial are all part of Utah's 11,300-acre Twin Peaks Wilderness Area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 2,580 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Summer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,320 feet
Top Elevation: 8,900 feet
Local Contacts: Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: Mount Aire (USGS), Dromedary Peak (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Blanche Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/22/2012
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One of the most spectacular hikes in the Wasatch. Fall colors this year were amazing with golden aspens and blazing maples. Steady ascent, but not too steep, leads to Lake Blanche with a stunning backdrop of mountains including Sundial peak. Absolutely gorgeous!


8/18/2008
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Put your leg's to the test with this unforgiving 4 miles of uphill. Sundial peak looming over the lake is definitely worth the push.



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