Pine Lake Trail
6.6 miles (round trip)
4 1/4 hours
1,250 ft. gain/loss
Tony Grove Trailhead (start): 8,060
highest point: 8,840 ft.
White Pine Lake: 8,375 ft.
Trail: Good trail all the way
Summer through mid-fall. Parts of the trail are usually
covered with snow from November until early June.
For current conditions call the Logan Ranger District,
Wasatch-Cache National Forest, at (801) 755-3620.
is one of the most scenic hikes you will find anywhere,
especially if it is done around the first of August
when the wildflowers are at their peak. The first
two-thirds of the trail pass through a series of alpine
meadows that are filled with acres and acres of pink,
blue, purple, yellow, and white flowers. No other
trail in this book offers the abundance of wildflowers
you will see on the White Pine Lake trail. You might
want to stop at the Forest Service Ranger Station
in Logan and buy a guide to the wildflowers on your
way to the trailhead. As you leave Logan you will
see it on the right side of Highway 89 just 2.1 miles
after you leave Main Street.
Given the natural beauty
of White Pine Lake and its environs, it is unfortunate
that it is not a part of the Mount Naomi Wilderness
Area. The lake lies about a mile outside of the wilderness
areas eastern boundary. It is a popular destination
among snowmobile sportsmen during the winter months,
and it was their lobbying effort that led to its exclusion
when Ronald Reagan signed the Utah Wilderness Bill
into law in 1984. White Pine Lake is still pristine,
but there is no guarantee that it will not be developed
in the future. Already there exists a jeep road within
0.6 mile of the lake.
Tony Grove Lake the trail climbs gently uphill for
a quarter mile to the junction with the Naomi Peak
trail. Turn right here and continue climbing for another
1.9 miles until you reach the highest point on the
hike, some 780 feet above the trailhead. Up to this
point the trail goes through open meadows with occasional
groves of Engelmann spruce and limber pine. The limber
pines are the trees with large clusters of needles
near the ends of the twigs that look almost like tufts
of fur. They get their name because the branches are
so limber they can be bent double or even tied in
knots without breaking.
Finally, 2.1 miles from
the trailhead the trail starts down into White Pine
Basin. The prominent peak west of this point is Mount
Magog and, although you cannot see it yet, the lake
is located just north of this peak. When you reach
the bottom of the basin you will come to another trail
junction where you must turn west for the last half
mile to White Pine Lake.
The lake itself is small
and very shallow, but the beauty of its setting makes
up for its deficiencies. It is situated directly between
two 9,700 peaks, Mount Magog and Mount Gog, with a
magnificent stand of spruce on one side. There are
a number of good camp sites above the eastern shore,
and if you have the time it is a very pleasant place
to spend a night.
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