Thursday, June 26, 2014

Backpacking to Lake Blanche

June 14- Last weekend Paul, Dustin, and Lacee and I backpacked up to Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood canyon. To get to the lake it's a 3 mile hike with a non stop elevation gain of 2700+ feet. The lake itself was gorgeous with a dramatic view of sundial peak (really a highpoint in the ridgeline and not so much a peak) and snowcapped Dromdary peak. After a truly surreal sunset we ate dinner and got ready for a big hike the next day. We had initially planned to summit sundial but without any guide and no marked trail on the map, we headed out to see what we could see from the ridgeline. It was a strenuous 4ish mile hike, but we made it and the view was quite worth it. Next time sundial! Below are some pictures I took. Click on the photos for a larger version.

Fresh legs

Nothing but gorgeous Aspens

We're almost there! You can see sundial behind me. 

A gorgeous waterflume by camp. The water we filtered from this stream tasted divine.

Chowing down

Truly epic. Wish I could post every phase of this sunset.

There we are. Two lakes for the price of one!

Dustin caught this snake

The rocks offer endlessly interesting compositions

Looking at the razor shark ridgeline!

The view from the ridgeline and another spring

Paul and I orienteering 

Getting ready to head out

The way back

Can you spot the moose???!

All in all it was a successful trip and I even fulfilled my lifelong dream of seeing a moose! You can't see it but this moosey lady has a calf with her.

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