Lake Blanche Trail

115 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-60 , 60-80 , 80-100 , 100-115

Lake Blanche TrailLake Blanche Trail (03/31/2006) Facilities at the Base of the Lake Blanche Trail.

Big Cottonwood CreekBig Cottonwood Creek (05/15/2007) The trail to Lake Blanche starts at Big Cottonwood Creek just below the S Curve.

No DogsNo Dogs (05/15/2007) Dogs are prohibited in the Cottonwood Canyons.

Big Cottonwood TrailBig Cottonwood Trail (05/15/2007) There is a short stretch of paved trail from the parking lot to the Lake Blanche Trail.

Big Cottonwood CreekBig Cottonwood Creek (05/15/2007) A view of Big Cottonwood Creek from the Lake Blanche Trail.

Paved TrailPaved Trail (05/15/2007) A paved trail follows this section of Big Cottonwood Creek.

Big Cottonwood CreekBig Cottonwood Creek (05/15/2007)

Lake Blanche TrailLake Blanche Trail (05/15/2007) This is the start of the Lake Blanche Trail. The trail follows a stready grade up Mill B South Fork drainage. The trail is rather rocky. Don't stub your toes.

Lake Blanche TrailLake Blanche Trail (05/15/2007) This is a very popular trail with a large number of exposed rocks. The trail is a bit like a very long uneven stair case.

Mill BMill B (05/15/2007) Mill B Creek tumbling over the rocks.

ShrubShrub (05/15/2007) I don't know how to spell the name of this shrub! I will file it in the Mystery plants for now. The shrub is common, I rarely see it in bloom.

WaterleafWaterleaf (05/15/2007) The flowers of the Waterleaf seem to grow half way up the stem.

VioletViolet (05/15/2007) A white violet along the Lake Blanche Trail.

White VioletWhite Violet (05/15/2007) A violet along the Lake Blanche Trail.

Berry BushBerry Bush (05/15/2007) A berry bush along the Lake Blanche Trail.

Bridge over Mill B.Bridge over Mill B. (05/15/2007) A small bridge crosses the Mill B Creek. We will be on the East side of the canyon for the rest of the hike.

Mill B BridgeMill B Bridge (05/15/2007) The Lake Blanche Trail crosses Mill B Creek.

Mill B CreekMill B Creek (05/15/2007) Mill B Creek is at high water is early Spring.

Heartleaf ArnicaHeartleaf Arnica (05/15/2007) The Heartleaf Arnica is an early Spring favorite.

View of the MountainsView of the Mountains (05/15/2007) The Lake Blanche trail provides a view of the surrounding mountains.

115 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-60 , 60-80 , 80-100 , 100-115

Lake Blanche

This gallery includes images from the Lake Blanche trail. The trail provides views of Lake Blanche, Lake Florence, Lilian Lake as well as Dromedary and Sundial Peak (10,320 ft.) I took these pictures on May 15, 2007.

The Lake Blanche Trail is a popular hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains. The hike is a six an a half mile round trip. The trail starts at the Mill B Pinic Area just below the S turn. The trailhead is 6,320 feet in elevation. The trail gains 2700 feet to reach Lake Blanche with an elevation of 8,900 feet. From Lake Blanche, you can climb to the summit of Sundial Peak, Dromedory Peak or Mount Superior.

The topographic map calls the drainage area Mill B South Fork. People tend to call the trail the Lake Blanche Trail and the creek the Lake Blanche Fork. The Mill B North Fork drains the Southern slopes of the Mount Olympus Wilderness area.

As the trail gains 2700 feet, your hike will bring you through a variety of ecosystems including shrub oak, pine and aspen forests. Lake Blanche itself provides an intriguing assortment of alpine vegetation.

As this is part of the Salt Lake Water Supply, the canyon is closed to dogs. I took this set of pictures on May 15, 2007.

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Context: Hiking

Big Cottonwood Canyon (151 pictures) Lake Blanche and Mill B Creek drain into Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The Wasatch Mountains (127 pictures) This gallery shows additional images from the Wasatch.

Twin Peak-Wasatch Mountains (11 pictures) Lake Blanche is in the Twin Peak Wilderness.

Mill B North Fork Trail (33 pictures) The Mill B North Fork Trail is on the North Side of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Storm Mountain (48 pictures) This gallery shows pictures of the Storm Mountain Day Use area downstream from Mill B.

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