Treeline hikes

Head to alpine lakes and wildflowers this month

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NEAR SALT LAKE CITY

Sunset Peak Trail

This trail is perfect for an afternoon hike. Not only do you head into the mountains when most folks head home, but as the sun drops down toward the horizon, the view from the 10,648-foot summit can be spectacularly colorful. The trail rims wildflower-choked Albion Basin before climbing to Catherine Pass. From there it's 1/2 mile to the summit of Sunset Peak.

DISTANCE: 3 miles round trip

COST: Free

WHERE: From I-215 southeast of Salt Lake City, take exit 6 to State 210 and continue up Little Cottonwood Canyon 8 miles to Albion.

CONTACT: Public Lands Information Center (801/466-6411)


NEAR SALT LAKE CITY

White Pine Lake

Weaving a crooked path above Little Cottonwood Canyon, this trail to the high country towering over Salt Lake City teases you with early shade before you break through the treeline roughly 2 miles beyond the trailhead. Climbing from there to the 10,000-foot-elevation lake, you're surrounded by a granitic cathedral of peaks and chutes. Along with pocket bouquets of wildflowers, intriguing splatters of pea-soup green lichen dot many of the boulders above the treeline.

DISTANCE: 9 miles round trip

COST: Free

WHERE: From I-215 southeast of Salt Lake City, take State 210 up Little Cottonwood Canyon 5 1/2 miles to the White Pine/Red Pine trailhead.

CONTACT: Public Lands Information Center (801/466-6411)

 

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