White Pine

Alta & Snowbird

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

White Pine trail is a classic moderate hike that follows an old jeep road high up into the central Wasatch to enjoy a quiet pristine lake in the rugged alpine landscape

Hiking Moderate

Distance
16 km
Ascent
853 m
Descent
853 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
12˚
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Description

The trail starts out moderate and continues as such for almost 5 miles until it reaches a lovely little alpine lake beneath some rugged granite peaks. The trail is well marked and heavily trafficked, but the scenery and surroundings will make it apparent why that is.

Park at the White Pine trailhead parking lot 5.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon on the south side of the road. From here follow the well-beaten trail to the south where you'll cross a nice footbridge and head west, contouring down the canyon on an old road grade.

The road comes to an intersection with the stream and switches back. Follow the road and its switchbacks through the woods until it straightens out further up in the canyon.

Here you'll be surrounded by the massive Red Stack and White Baldy peaks. Continue on the road in the direction of White Baldy until you reach White Pine lake high up in the alpine valley.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

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