White Pine Lake Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain2,678ft
Trailhead Elevation9,998ft
Elevation Min/Max8041/10176ft
Elevation Start/End9998/9998ft

White Pine Lake Trail

White Pine Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 9,998 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,678 feet.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Greg Witt
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"Surprise—a glacial lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon that can be reached along a gently ascending trail. The open trail leads to wonderful canyon views, a glacial cirque dotted with alpine vegetation, and one of the prettiest lakes in Utah."
Best Hikes Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides)
Lori J. Lee
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"White Pine Lake sits at almost 10,000 feet at the top of White Pine Canyon surrounded by crumbling granite cliffs. The canyon is a glacial trough carved out during the last ice age. Mountain goats trip their way across the granite boulders that surround the lake, and in summer the clear waters draw hikers to the cool recess of the higher elevations and alpine lake (though swimming is not allowed). The trail follows an old jeep road as it winds carefully up the canyon, climbing then, just before the lake, descending 140 feet to the shores of beautiful White Pine Lake."
Backcountry Skiing Utah (Falcon Guides)
Tyson Bradley
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"One of the most popular, user-friendly, and reliable ski-touring areas in the Salt Lake mountains. The relatively high trailhead has options ranging from two-hour, avalanche-safe beginner tours (Pink Pine) to full-day outings to Lake Peak and Red Baldy. Tree skiing and high alpine terrain adjacent to one another make this area ideal for unsettled and changing weather. Exit is friendly, back the way you’ve come."
100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"Ambling along a wide track through a forest of pines and aspens and rising up high to an alpine cirque that holds a large, beautiful lake, this trail is lovely, and long enough to be challenging to some hikers but not overwhelmingly so."
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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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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An awesome and pretty challenging hike. Steep incline, high altitude, and tons of rocks. The lake is cold and beautiful and there are a lot of wildflowers. There is a nice amount of shade from the aspens and white pines but it is extremely hot right now. Bring even more water than you think you will need.
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Easy trail. The whole family can do. Lots of visitors so parking is a bit of problem. But the views a beautiful! This lake is a beautiful blue green color, and is full of salamanders. Interesting, I never new salamanders lived in the mountains.

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Skill Level
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, (385) 468-1800; Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City 84121, (801) 733-2660; Uinta-WasatchCache National Forest, 8236 Federal Building, 125 South State St., Salt Lake City 84138.
Local Contacts
USGS Dromedary Peak
Local Maps

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