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Little Cottonwood Canyon boasts many spectacular hiking and trail running trails. While White Pine is one of the longer trails, it is certainly worth the hike
Getting to the Trailhead
Take Little Cottonwood Road (U-210) about 5.5 miles up the canyon. Start looking for the paved parking area at the “White Pine Slide Area” sign. The parking area is just after a turn and easy to miss. It’s after Tanner Flats Campground and before the first Snowbird entrance.
The trail starts past the outhouse facility at the parking lot and is the same trail for the Red Pine Hike. About a mile up, a sign marks the split for the White Pine and Red Pine Trails. Take the trail on the left.
While the trail is rated difficult, I found it to be moderate albeit a bit rocky. I was able to run some of it. Because it was a steady climb with few flat areas, I hiked most of the way up and saved the running for the downhill. The pines keep the trail shaded until about the last mile and a half. It is nearly 5 miles to the lake for a 9.9 mile round trip.
In July and early August, make sure to slow down and enjoy the wildflowers along the way. With so many different species and spectacular colors, I always make sure I take a photo of at least one.
The trail continues climbing with several wet crossings from late snow run off but plenty of rocks to climb on to keep your feet dry.
About 3-3.5 miles up the trail, it opens up into one last meadow and where it is exposed the rest of the way to the lake. Here the White Baldy Peak comes into breathtaking view. The last mile has a switchback across a rocky slope.
Soon the clear blue of White Pine lake comes into view. At the top, there is a short descent to the lake. My GPS was off the day I hiked but the trail guides I’ve read puts the distance to the lake from 4.5 miles to 4.9. It seemed closer to 4.5. It took me 4 hours and 25 minutes but I ran part of the way down so it could take the average hiker about 7 hours for the full 9.5-9.9 mile out and back.
As always, carry sufficient water. I filled my 1.5L water bladder full and drank more than half of it. I wore trail running shoes as I most often do. A sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots work as well. Also, carry trail snacks. I got hungry along the way and ate most of what I packed. While I like to pack light, I also carry pepper spray and my cell phone for safety on solo hikes.