Monday, June 27, 2016

Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon

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Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
Backpacking to White Pine Lake in Logan Canyon can be described in one word - gorgeous! Or beautiful, or awesome, well...you get the idea. This was my first time to White Pine Lake, and I figured I would make the most of my time here and do a quick overnighter at the lake. White Pine Lake is surrounded by a large cliff wall to the West, Mt. Magog to the south, and Mt. Gog to the North.

Anywhere you look, there are beautiful meadows, wildflowers in early summer, and deep blue skies. Not only will you beat the valley heat, but hiking to this lake will also get you out of the smog Utah can get during hot weather. This is a popular lake for day hikers and scouts, so you won't get solitude here. Go in knowing you'll see a lot of people. However, if you can get past that, and enjoy your surroundings you'll still enjoy all that this hike and lake have to offer. Plan on an early start to beat crowds and the summer heat.
From SLC head north on I-15, and take exit 362. Stay on HWY 89 for 27 miles until you reach Logan, UT. Turn right onto 400 N, and drive another 22 miles. Look for the brown Tony Grove Lake sign. Drive another 7 miles to the large parking lot. The trail starts at the West end of the parking lot. There is one restroom in the parking lot.

Distance: 3.8 miles (one way)
Elevation gain: 800 ft
Time: 4 hours - 1 over night backpack
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits: No permit is required, however there is a $6 fee to park in the Tony Grove parking lot whether you only stay or the day or overnight. Each additional night is $6/car.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 I drove up after work on Friday night, and with the construction, traffic, and one gas/snack stop, it took me about 2 hours to reach the TH. Pay your parking fee ($6), and hang the tag in your car. When you start hiking, take a right at the first sign. Going left is for the Nature Trail and is an easy 0.5 mile walk around Tony Grove Lake, and is also very pretty.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 I started backpacking at 7pm, and apparently about 40 other cars had the same idea. The lot was mostly full in the evening. Not everyone went to White Pine Lake though - there are a few campsites on the southern end of Tony Grove Lake.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 At the 2nd trail split, turn right.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Charlie loves jumping on rocks, even with his pack on. We crossed the first meadow. Mt. Magog is the peak you see in the distance to the left. 
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 About half of this hike is very well shaded.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 At the 3rd trail split, take another right.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Cross a 2nd meadow. This section was so pretty - the photos don't do it justice!
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
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This backpacking trip I wore my "Psychedelic Punch" FitnessFox Headband! You guys know I love these headbands - they work great for keeping my hair out of face, and the sweat out of my eyes while on the trail.

Learn about what I wear while hiking in cold weather!
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Continuing on the trail, you will head north, and eventually the trail will turn East for a few minutes.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Continue North once again, through this small gully area. This section was awesome because the sun was behind the ridge and a gently breeze cooled my sweat.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 At the saddle! From here the trail drops down a few switchbacks before heading West. Mt. Magog is is peak to the left, and Mt. Gog is the smaller peak on the right.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Very forested and shaded section.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Cross the first bridge.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Then cross the 2nd larger bridge.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 You'll come to a 3-way intersection. White Pine Lake is to the left. Just after this intersection is where I encountered the only super muddy section, which lasted maybe 50 yards. It wasn't bad as there were logs and rocks to hop over. Using my trekking poles helped me balance over them.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 I arrived to White Pine Lake in 1 hour 15 minutes. I didn't need to take any rest breaks since the trail was very flat. I probably passed 15 people on my way here.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Since there were so many people camping at this lake, and I couldn't find a flat camping spot, I ended up putting my tent on this large rock on the Northern end of the lake. It actually worked out really well and I had a great view!
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 View from inside my tent, and me in the sleeping bag. It ended up getting down to about 35F over night, and wished I had a beanie with me to stay warmer. My 15F Alps Mountaineering bag worked pretty well - just my head and ears got cold.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
Charlie is ready for bed.
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 Good morning, Mt. Magog!
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 We got packed up and back on the trail at 7am the next morning. Even though this photo is somewhat blurry, I think it gives a cool, dizzying, effect of when Charlie hikes right by my side. What a good boy!
Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
 While backpacking to While Pine Lake, you'll see several wildflowers. My favorite are these upside-down purple flowers.
White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon trail map
 Trail map looking West.
White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon trail map
 A close up of the trail map.
White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon trail map
Trail map looking South.
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  2. Glad you got to enjoy it. Sounds like a lot less snow and a lot more people than even two weeks ago. Such a great one nighter trip! - Heather [www.mylifestyletoyours.com]

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  3. Glad you got to enjoy it. Sounds like a lot less snow and a lot more people than even two weeks ago. Such a great one nighter trip! - Heather [www.mylifestyletoyours.com]

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  4. Fun evening for you and Charlie! Love the view from your sleeping bag:)

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  5. SO, I'm headed there this weekend, thought about taking a swim in the lake....what do you think?

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    1. Yep, you totally could swim in the lake! Might feel pretty refreshing! -Alicia

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