White Pine Lake Trail Wasatch Range

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Like Alexander Basin, ten miles to the north, the area around White Pine Lake has long been the subject of intense controversy between Utah’s environmentalists and ski resort owners. The original boundaries of Lone Peak Wilderness Area, created in 1977, were meant to include White Pine Lake, but lobbyists representing the nearby Snowbird Ski Resort succeeded in having White Pine Canyon excluded. Snowbird’s Gad Valley ski lifts are only one mile from White Pine Fork, yet in spite of the nearness of civilization the pristine alpine lake still has that wild feeling of remoteness. What a shame it would be to open it up to commercial activity. Because the trail was originally a road it is not as steep as it would probably otherwise be. But, by the same token, the winding route is much longer than necessary.
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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Like Alexander Basin, ten miles to the north, the area around White Pine Lake has long been the subject of intense controversy between Utah’s environmentalists and ski resort owners. The original boundaries of Lone Peak Wilderness Area, created in 1977, were meant to include White Pine Lake, but lobbyists representing the nearby Snowbird Ski Resort succeeded in having White Pine Canyon excluded.

Snowbird’s Gad Valley ski lifts are only one mile from White Pine Fork, yet in spite of the nearness of civilization the pristine alpine lake still has that wild feeling of remoteness. What a shame it would be to open it up to commercial activity. Because the trail was originally a road it is not as steep as it would probably otherwise be. But, by the same token, the winding route is much longer than necessary.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: Summer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,580 feet
Top Elevation: 9,980 feet
Local Contacts: Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: Dromedary Peak (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to White Pine Lake Trail (Wasatch Range)

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Apr 2018