"Extremely popular and extremely scenic, Lake Blanche makes for a demanding hike to a gorgeous lake flanked by rugged high peaks, one of which in particular, 10,320-foot Sundial Peak, is fascinating for its truly distinctive shape. Situated in a glacial cirque, Lake Blanche has beauty in spades, and its trailhead is mere minutes from downtown Salt Lake City." Read more
"A popular day hike into a rugged, glaciated canyon in the 11,300-acre Twin Peaks Wilderness in the Wasatch Mountains. Only 10 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this hike features huge glacial cirques, several lakes, jagged 11,000-foot peaks, and waterfalls. From the trailhead, you hike about 3.5 miles and gain 2,600 feet of elevation to get to Lake Blanche.The well-marked trail parallels Big Cottonwood Creek east and then turns southeast to follow the west side of Mill B South Fork.Within 0.25 mile the trail crosses a footbridge and cuts back to the left, remaining on the east side of the stream the rest of the way to Lake Blanche." Read more
"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." Read more
"Lake Blanche is a classic glacial tarn at the base of a cirque. The hike to Lake Blanche begins at the Big Cottonwood Canyon floor and follows the dramatically glaciated side canyon to an exceptionally scenic and remote alpine setting. It’s one of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake area—and justifiably so." Read more
"This is not the road less traveled. Though the climb is strenuous, the trailhead is easily accessible, the trail straightforward, and the destination a scenic glacial tarn at the base of Sundial Peak, which lords over the cirque below.
One of the area’s more popular hikes, it provides a climb through shaded forest, up canyon meadows, and over glacially cut quartzite to three lakes at the top of the canyon: Lake Blanche and her sister lakes, Lillian and Florence, to the west. Slabs of quartzite and the surrounding forests allow space and time for reflection and exploration once you reach the lakes at the top." Read more