Lake Blanche, Lake Lilian, and Lake Florence, The Sister Lakes, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah in 360 Degrees

Sundial Mountain - Lake Blanche with Sundial Peak  -  Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Lake Blanche with Sundial Peak  -  Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Lake Blanche,  Lake Lilian, and Lake Florence, 
The Sister Lakes
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah in 360 Degrees

Lake Florence with its Gorgeous Waterfall
 Lake Florence with its Gorgeous Waterfall

  • About 7 miles round trip
  • About 30 min East of SLC
  • Best for Ages 10 and above
  • You can backpack up and camp overnight as long as it is a certain distance from the lakes.
  • 3 Lakes at one Spot is quite the bonus
  • Often can see moose down by Lake Lilian or Lake Florence
  • Amazing field of yellow wild flowers on the trail in the summer.
  • Beautiful fall colors in the Fall around the lake and on the trail.
  • Moderate to Hard just because of length and elevation gain. - Level 3
  • Takes about 4 hours.
  • About 2,700 feet elevation gain.
  • The trickiest part of the trail, is when it comes to a a huge section of orange boulders. You need to remember that this is a really sharp switchback and the trail is a 180 degree turn to your right.
I am really enjoying all the mountain lakes we have in Utah, so I attempted 4 mountain lakes this week.  The 2 favorites were Lake Blanche and Silver Lake.  Click here for post.

Link to Sliver Lake 

Lake Blanch is in big Cottonwood canyon, and starts by the big S curve part of the drive up the canyon.  It is a 6.7 mile hike.  The hike starts out with a bang for you get to walk along Big Cottonwood River on Mill B South Trail.
The river was raging, and gorgeous.  If you just wanted a short walk/stroll, or even a walk to take someone in a wheelchair, this is a great walk for you, for it is paved and the river is right off the path.  The only problem is the parking lots fill up fast by the middle of the day, so shoot for off times.

Click below for Video of Big Cottonwood River 

Then you see this split off to a dirt trail on the right for Lake Blanche.

I got sad at first thinking, I was heading away from this amazing river, but you still get to follow a huge section of this river up this dirt trail. It has some pretty small waterfalls.  I liked this V shaped one.
You loose site of the river as you keep climbing, but the favorite part for me is not just watching the river, but the sound of the river.  That you get to keep and enjoy for about half of the hike.  It is a gorgeous background sound that really gives the hike some great atmosphere. 
Big Cottonwood River in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah

I was walking thinking this does not have as many wild flowers as Silver Lake did, and then BAM, I get hit by a major field of Arrowleaf Balsamroot about 2 miles up.

This 360 image sometimes doesn't show up, but it is a gorgeous 360 Sphere with yellow wild flowers all around me.  You can still see it if it is black, by clicking on the BLUE View on Google Maps

Fields and fields just going on and on and on.  It was super beautiful to walk through.

A Huge Field of Yellow Arrowroot Balsamroot Flowers 

Video above is of the section of the trail with all the Yellow Arrowroot Flowers. Just click and it will come up.

The same trail in the Fall.

The trail is either going through narrow paths with tall lush green flora on both sides, meandering around boulders that keep the trail interesting, or it suddenly opens up and you get a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and cliffs.

The dual peaks on the left side is my goal, and this is about 2/3 the way up.  Here I hit lots of switchbacks to climb the last climb.

My nephew warned me about a certain spot in the trail that was a little tricky.  I was so glad he did, for it was super helpful.  You are hiking and you hit this wall of boulders.
360 Degree Sphere is Walking through the Tricky Spot on the trail where it has a hidden Switch back.  If it is not coming in, then click on the BLUE View on Google Makes to see.

You can't see any Cairns or clear path to how to get across the boulders.  He said he climbed over these boulders for a while and thought this is a little sketchy, so he sat down and ate his sandwich.  While he ate, he watched a group of people come up and they immediately turned around and the trail was just a switchback and just went around the corner here and you are never suppose to venture far into these boulders.  
My last major climb to the lake.  It is just over this ridge.  you can see the famous notched mountain that is the backdrop of lake Blanche right in front of me. 

You walk across this last path that has a beautiful rock wall constructed on the East side, and then there it is.  


360 Degree Sphere is Walking Towards Lake Blanch on the North East Corner.  If Sphere is not coming in, click on the BLUE View On Google Maps to see.

This trail might not have an abundance of wildflowers except in the one major spot, but what it lacks in abundance, it makes up for in gorgeous rock backdrops for flower pictures. 

You can see the dam in front of me that I am heading to and the notched peak behind me.  I am probably in about the middle of the lake here. 

On the west side of the lake, there is this dam that is constructed out of rock, one rock at a time.  If you walk past that dam you get a real treat of a GORGEOUS waterfall flowing out of Lake Blanch into Lake Florence.  


Waterfall from Lake Blanche to Lake Florence Utah


Panorama of waterfall to Lake Florence.  
Lake Florence

Great View here of both lakes.  Lake Florence is in the front, and Lake Lilian is behind.  If you

 are craving seeing a moose, they can often be spotted up here around these 2 lakes. 

This 360 Sphere above is amazing, for if you turn around you can see the gorgeous waterfall behind me, and in front of me is Lake Florence. 


Lake Lillian in the picture below.
Lake Lillian

If you prefer GPS locations, here is the site with the GPS coordinates of all the lakes.

And here is the AllTrails link so you can check on current conditions of the trail.

If you liked this area and would like to see more, click on the Lake Blanche Google Earth Link then Click on the little dude, then any blue dot or line to see more.
Lake Blanche Google Earth Link


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