Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lake Blanche Adventure

God blessed us with a wonderful day escaping the scorching 100 degree heat of Salt Lake Valley.  We ate thimble berries on the trail, saw the wildflowers in full bloom, and enjoyed a wonderful falls by Lake Florence.
It was 68 degrees at the lake.
DESCRIPTION:  Parking at the S Curve up Big Cottonwood Canyon is crowded--please carpool when you can.   Go up the paved road by the stream to the trailhead. Near the stone wall at Lake Blanche, you'll find a trail leading down to Florence and Lake Lillian.  

MILEAGE: 7.5 miles total to visit all three lakes.
HIKE TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes to Lake Blanche,  1 hour 20 minutes down.
NO DOGS: Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed area.
WILDERNESS AREA:  Please camp 200' away from lakes and stream.
Group size is limited to 10 persons.   No campfires!
RESTROOM:  Flush restroom during Summer season.
DIRECTIONS:  Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Fort Union Blvd and Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cuberant Lake trail

God blessed us with great fellowship and beautiful scenery.   It was a long rugged hike.   After talking to fishermen on the trail, we decided not to go all the way to Cuberant Lake; but to explore the two lower lakes where the fish were biting.  There were some steep sections the last mile of the hike.   It was buggy, so take some repellent.
MILEAGE: 3 miles each way
TRAILHEAD: Pass Lake Trailhead on the Mirror Lake Highway.   Look for the trail sign on the south side of the parking lot.
FEES: Mirror Lake Recreation Fee is $6; or use National Rec Pass on a hanger.
GEAR: Bug spray, hiking pole, water, map, compass, jacket, camera, and food.