The good: Great beginner back packing trip, very pretty, easy access.

The bad: The crowds

I have attempted this trip twice because I really want to like it, but both times I was disappointed. Alltrails.com says that this is a heavily trafficked trail and I would almost go as far as saying that is an understatement. There were easily 50-100 people camping by the lake the last time I was there. The views are magnificent and the trail is easy going, so this means that any given Friday night in the month of June through September, every campsite will be full.

To get to the trail head for White Pine Lake from Logan, head east up Logan canyon on highway 89  for 19.1 miles.  Turn left onto FR003/Tony Grove Road and after 200 feet, turn left again to stay on Tony Grove Road. Follow Tony Grove Road to where it ends at a parking lot. The trail head will be located on the north end of the parking lot. This route is easily marked for Tony Grove.

This is a 7.5 mile out-and-back trail, making it only 3.25 miles each day if you choose to backpack it as I did. Both times I have attempted this trip it has rained heavily. The trail is mostly gradual for the first 2 miles until it drops down into switchbacks to the camp ground and lake below. Make sure to get an earlier start than you think you will need. This switch back section is very pretty and you will want to be able to stop to see out into the valley. Another reason you will want get a good head start is to beat the crowd to all of the campsites. White Pine Lake is very pretty and you will enjoy being there if you can handle camping around other people. There are fish in the lake there if you are planning on fishing, but because it is usually crowded with prospective fishers, I would recommend just taking in the views and then fishing at Tony Grove Lake. It’s much more enjoyable to fish there and you’re more likely to catch something.

If you get there early enough, you will find ample camp sites that have been well used. Remember to practice leave-no-trace, even though no one else there does. Firewood can be found, though it may be sparse at times, and you will find many camper-made fire circles around. I, however, would suggest you take a backpacking stove to minimize your impact on the area and keep it beautiful for the next camper as well.

This area is also very popular for horse back campers, so watch your step on the trail.

Here are the Latitude and Longitude of the lake:  41°55’24.0″N 111°39’25.6″W. For more trail information, check out the Alltrails.com guide found here. The cost for this trip is only the amount that is due at the self pay station to park your car at Tony Grove. Make sure you take cash. The last time I went I believe it was $8.

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