White Pine Trail

  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation gain: 2,500 feet
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Overall: 7
  • Reference: North-central Utah, southeast of Salt Lake City, just east of the Lone Peak Wilderness.
  • User groups: Hikers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers. No wheelchair access.
  • Pets are not allowed on this trail
  • Permits: No permits are required. Parking and access are free.


Wasatch Boulevard and 9400 South meet a Y junction at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. From the Y, drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon about 5.5 miles to the trailhead.


Trails Illustrated's Wasatch Front/Strawberry Valley. For a USGS topographic maps, ask for Dromedary Peak.


Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District; 801-466-6411.

Trail notes

White Pine Canyon exemplifies the beauty of a glacially carved valley, bordered by deftly cut ridges, and an abandoned road makes easy hiking, despite the elevation gain, all the way to White Pine Lake. After the first mile, shared with the Red Pine Trail, the White Pine Trail switchbacks up to a meadow, crosses the meadow, and continues up gentle switchbacks to top a ridge and drop into White Pine Lake, set in a rocky cirque, walled off by cliffs on one side, a few spruce standing near, utterly lovely.

Information courtesy of Buck Tilton, author of Utah Hiking.

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