Pine Lake Trail
|USFS Trail Number
|Geographic Area||Tony Grove, upper Logan Canyon|
||3.7 miles from the Tony Grove parking lot to White Pine Lake|
via the Tony Grove parking lot, located 7 miles west of US
89 in Logan Canyon. From US 89, turn west onto the
road to Tony Grove just south of mile marker 481.
Currently (2015) there is $6 per car parking
fee. The trail leads north from the parking lot,
climbing gently as it passes a trail register and arriving
at a junction at mile 0.25. The right trail fork is
the the most direct route to White Pine Lake, passing
through large meadows and mostly open terrain, arriving at
the ridge overlooking White Pine creek at mile 2.3.
From here the trail descends to White Pine Creek at mile
3.3, arriving at a junction with the White Pine-Bunchgrass
Canyon trail heading downstream to the east. White
Pine Lake is 1/3 mile west of the junction. Side
trails lead to a campsites and a backcountry toilet
(again functional in 2015). For a change of
scenery on the way back, we recommend the side trail
connecting with the Mt. Naomi Peak National Recreation
Trail (see map and sign photo, below).
From White Pine Lake, hikers (and bikers) may travel east along White Pine Creek on the White Pine-Bunchgrass Canyon trail, arriving at either the Bunchgrass Trailhead on US-89 or the Steam Mill trailhead in Franklin Basin. Another option would be to travel north to Steam Mill Canyon over un-maintained trails, then east to Franklin Basin.
The White Pine Lake Trail is heavily used and White Pine Lake is the most popular backpacking destination in our area, often crowded with multiple groups and dozens of campers. Irresponsible hikers have been short-cutting switchbacks and straying from the designated trail, leading to increased erosion and needless maintenance work.
This 2015 sign on the Naomi Peak N.R.T. marks the optional side trail to the White PIne Lake Trail:
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You can download a GPS track here, in GPX format.