Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Big Cottonwood Canyon - Lake Blanche

Lake Blanche has always been one of our favorite places to go. The trail is challenging but there are some great views at the top. Park just before the s-curve up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail starts at the top of the parking lot and follows a paved path for the first little bit before going up to the right. It is very well marked and easy to follow. They leave the gate open during the summer and we did see some people camping at the lake. The trail is a very steady climb the entire way. There are 2 other lakes just above Lake Blanche and that would add about .25 mile to your trip. The trail is fairly rocky and slows you down on the descent. Most of us stumbled a few times. It was quite cool at the top but the large rock face was still warm from the sun and felt good to lay down on for a few minutes.

Total Miles: 6.4
Starting Elevation: 6232
Ending Elevation: 8925
Ascent: 2749
Time: 2 hrs
Runners: Jer, Craig, Ben and Ryan

At the bottom of the map (in very small letters) it says to click her to view larger map. This will open a new page and give you a better way of viewing the trail.

View Lake Blanche in a larger map

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