Lake Blanche

Salt Lake City, Utah

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The trail maintains a steady ascent for nearly 2000 feet until it arrives just south of Lake Blanche, at the base of the cirque. Grand views of Dromedary and Superior Peaks open up above, as well as of Lakes Blanche, Florence, and Lillian. Along with the wonderful view, the rocky slab south of Lake Blanche is interesting for striations in the rock, worn and smoothed by ancient glacial activity. Small trails encircle the lakes, allowing for closer inspection. Between Lake Blanche and Lake Florence a small waterfall (or rapid) travels from one lake to the next. At the southwest end of each lake, old retaining walls are reminders of when these lakes were used as a watershed area. The hike’s proximity to Salt Lake City affords little solitude, but its beauty is fair compensation.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail maintains a steady ascent for nearly 2000 feet until it arrives just south of Lake Blanche, at the base of the cirque. Grand views of Dromedary and Superior Peaks open up above, as well as of Lakes Blanche, Florence, and Lillian. Along with the wonderful view, the rocky slab south of Lake Blanche is interesting for striations in the rock, worn and smoothed by ancient glacial activity.

Small trails encircle the lakes, allowing for closer inspection. Between Lake Blanche and Lake Florence a small waterfall (or rapid) travels from one lake to the next. At the southwest end of each lake, old retaining walls are reminders of when these lakes were used as a watershed area. The hike’s proximity to Salt Lake City affords little solitude, but its beauty is fair compensation.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 3,160 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: July to early October
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire, Dromedary Peak; Trails Illustrated Wasatch Front/ Strawberry Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Blanche

Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/2008
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8/25/2006
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The trail provides a good workout for any hiker, especially if one is carrying camping gear. Although there are camping spots around Lake Blanche, I suggest one hike on to the lower lakes where there are fewer people and more privacy. For those interested in a relaxing afternoon with spectacular views the Lake Blanche trail can't be beat. Day hikes from Lake Blanche to Sundial Peak, Dromedary Peak and Twin Peak are very strenuous and require the proper gear, including in some cases ropes to safely summit some of the peaks. Reaching these peaks will require some bushwacking. you will be hiking/climbing through large boulder and scree fields. Be careful.


7/29/2005
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Beautiful well maintained trail with a great ending at Lake Blanche. This was a climb, not a hike - there were precious few flat areas. Very strenuous for hikers not used to the altitude. Wildflower meadows and aspen stands added to enjoyment.



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