I think of hiking in Utah like a multi scoop fudge Sunday, the great flavors (features) of hiking just pile on top of each other creating one glorious, scrumptious encounter with nature. There is one particular hike/trail that is engraved in my memory, and I recommend to everyone I speak with about hiking. The Lake Blanche Trail. This hike was strenuous for my novice hiking skills, but may be easy to the seasoned hiker, and it was worth every ounce of my energy I expended.
Once you arrive to Lake Blanche, you will experience nature in all its glory. The first “scoop” of deliciousness is that the parking and access to the trail are free. The second scoop is the views you are going to be encompassed by during your entire hike, nature offers us the most amazing views we could dream of, and the Lake Blanche Trail in Utah obtains some of them. The chocolate syrup, or whatever kind of syrup makes your mouth salivate with goody anticipation, is that moment you arrive at THE Lake Blanche. The lake’s water is clear and pristine, in a rugged mountain kind of way, the green, lush trees that look like they were perfectly positioned by a master yard artist accentuate the lakes serene feeling. The huge, beautiful sundial will stun you with its size and beauty. You hear the waterfalls in the background, which sound like the great soundtrack of your favorite movie.
I know, this Lake Blanche sounds amazing already, so what could possibly be the cherry on top you ask? You can camp here! What can be better than hiking to such a beautiful location that invigorates your soul? The opportunity to stay over night and spend time participating in activities. You can fish, make yourself a healthy meal, go for a swim, it is north pole cold, but c’mon, live a little, and the best activity of all, relax. Take it all in because once you hike back down to your hustle and bustle of a lifestyle, you won’t get another opportunity to revisit Lake Blanche for awhile. That is just sad. So soak it up like a sponge and enjoy what nature has provided. FREE, magnificent, and pure happiness.
For further information: http://climb-utah.com/WM/blanche.htm
Here are directions to the trailhead, enjoy:
“From anywhere in the Salt lake Valley take I-215 East until you reach the 6200 South Exit (Exit 6). Signs are marked for the ski areas; you will be heading towards Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts. Drive east on 6200 south and the road will become Wasatch Boulevard. Follow Wasatch Boulevard south to an intersection with Fort Union Boulevard (7200 South). The intersection is located 1.7 miles after exiting I-215.”