All photos by Outdoor Project Contributor, Kyle Jenkins
Pros: Amazing views down canyon. Beautiful lake. Wildfowers. Easy access to the trailhead. Cons: Steep. Can be a little crowded. No dogs. Exposed at times. Congestion: Moderate Preferable Season(s): Summer, Fall Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required Dogs allowed: No
Total Distance: 5.60 mi (9.01 km) Trailhead Elev.: 6,300 ft (1,920 m) Net Elev. Gain: 2,600 ft (792 m) Trail Uses: Hiking Trail type: There-and-back
An absolute must-see for the aspiring Wasatch adventurer, Lake Blanche Trail is the perfect mix of challenge and accessibility. The ascent is steep, as is the case with many trails in the Cottonwoods, but the reward at the end of the hike keeps a steady stream of people coming to give it a try. Nearly 4 miles up the trail lies a serene lake with a towering peak known as the Sundial. The jagged dual-spire reflecting in the water below creates a unique and breathtaking scene.
From the parking lot the trail begins a few hundred yards up a paved pedestrian road heading east. The start of the actual trail is on the right and is easy to miss; if you reach the waterfall at the end of the road you have gone just a bit too far. The waterfall is worth checking out, however, if you are visiting for the first tim