Get amazing views of the Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak. During the winter, this trail is still fairly easy to follow by looking at the previous footprints.

Lake Blanche is an extremely popular hike along the Wasatch Range in Utah. During the summer and fall months the lake, wildlife, flowers, and Sundial Peak as a backdrop offer spectacular views.

Lake Blanche is one of the most beautiful and scenic lakes in Utah and turns into a winter wonderland once the snow hits! You won't run into as many people in the winter either. During the winter and early spring, Lake Blanche can be easily accessed by snowshoes or even small crampons. The hike is 2.8 miles each way and should take between 4-6 hours round trip in the snow. This hike is still very popular in the winter so the trail is easily accessible and easy to follow by others footprints, unless done right after a snow storm.

Park in the parking lot right before the “S” turn up Big Cottonwood Canyon and follow the trail to the lake. The nice thing about snowshoeing lake Blanche is that you’ll be able to follow others footprints. I’ve done it with snowshoes and tennis shoes with small crampons. The trail is packed down enough so you won't find yourself sinking with every step.

Pack List

  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves
  • Snowshoes and/or crampons
  • Thick socks
  • Beanie
  • Trekking poles
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 5.6 Miles
Activities Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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Amazing

Well worth the effort

Awesome!

I absolutely LOVE snowshoeing to Lake Blanche each winter. There's a lot of wildlife to be seen and the views of Sundial Peak are always breathtaking. Check out the cliffs to the east to see the mountain goats sunbathing in the winter. It's quite the treat!

E.P.I.C.

Went up this past wknd (Feb 21). Snow was thick... Spikes would've been ok for the first 3/4 of the hike, but last bit was intense. Was expecting to see an actual lake... Obviously missed it, went right over the lake and up Sundial Peak. It was about a 7-mile in and out for us. Trail was icy and super slippery in the afternoon so really grateful for the snowshoes (minus my battle blisters). Absolutely amazing experience... AND this is difficult, not intermediate... but I can see how it could be intermediate if conditions were better.


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