Tom’s Experience hiking to White Pine Lake:
The trailhead for White Pine Lake is the same trailhead as Red Pine Lake and the trails share the same first mile or so.
The trail follows an old 4-wheel drive track that was used to get to different mining and water claims in the past. Now the trail is closed to all motorized vehicles. It is open to mountain bikes but the trail is very rocky in areas and would be difficult to mountain bike up.
Shortly after the trailhead, you will cross a bridge over Little Cottonwood Creek. After about a mile from the trailhead you will come to a signed area right next to a stream.
The sign has directions for both White Pine Lake and Red Pine Lake. To get to White Pine Lake take a left and head away from the river. If you cross the river you are heading towards Red Pine Lake. Once you make this turn there are no other turn offs and you follow this trail to White Pine Lake.
The trail will pass through forests and meadows and cross a stream once or twice. There are a few muddy spots that are easy to avoid. Near the lake the trail climbs steeply over a little saddle in the White Pine Cirque that is very rocky before descending down the saddle to the lake.
The trail is 10 miles long round trip with a 2,350 foot climb. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Overall this is a nice hike that is very shaded and leads to a beautiful mountain lake.
Trail Info: The trailhead is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The trailhead is 5 1/2 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon from the Y-Junction near the mouth of the canyon near the park-n-ride. The trailhead is well marked but parking is limited and many cars needed to park on the canyon road. There is an outhouse at the trailhead. If you reach the Snowbird Ski Resort you have gone past the trailhead parking.
White Pine Lake Trailhead: 40.575475,-111.680751
White Pine Lake: 40.540107,-111.679265
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