White Pine Lake, 30 July, 2023

Eight Cache Hikers met on Sunday morning for a hike to White Pine Lake.  We carpooled to Tony Grove and then used our "geezer passes" in lieu of payment for parking.

We started up the trail under sunny conditions with temperatures in the low 70's.  The wildflowers, while still abundant, were a little past their peak at the lower altitudes of the hike but looked more robust as we climbed.

A short distance up the trail we were joined by Dallin, Mikelle and their dog Lucy.  Dallin and Mikelle were familiar with our website and wanted to meet us.

The day warmed quickly and we took advantage of a few shady resting spots.  We  enjoyed an unexpectedly quiet lunch at the lake.  All of the backpacker campsites were empty and there were only a few people wading in the lake.  On the return, eight of us opted to loop around to the "staircase" and enjoy a geology lesson from Dave P.

Trip Summary:
  • Started with eight hikers, Dave P., Kathy, Jane, Ralph, Gloria, Gary, Brent J., Brent L. (leader), joined by Dallin, Mikelle and Lucy the dog.
  • Drove 29 miles to the Tony Grove parking area
  • On the trail 9:10 a.m., 11:45-12:30 lunch and lake, 3:00 p.m. back at the cars. 
  • Sunny and warm
  • Our GPS track indicates about 7.8 miles with 1400 feet of ascent/descent

Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos,  Jane and Dave P for photos and Ralph for photos and GPS data.

The junction with the Tony Grove Nature Trail at the beginning of the hike
Mount Magog viewed as we hiked toward White Pine Lake

Wildflower-filled meadows accompanied our hike

Aspen trees deformed by snowmobiles damage when they were smaller
Mount Gog viewed to the north as we entered White Pine Canyon
The trail junction near White Pine Lake

Lunch at a White Pine Lake campsite

White Pine Lake

The "White Pine Cutoff" trail added variety to our return trip, including a view of the quartzite "staircase" (re. Wikipedia)

Dave's geology lesson
Vandalized sign at the White Pine Cutoff trail junction

Death camas, Zygadenus elegans
Elephanthead, Pedicularis groenlandica

Jacob's ladder, Polemonium foliosissiumum
Flaxflower, Leptosiphon nuttallii

Silverleaf phacelia, Phacelia hastata
Wood's rose, Rosa woodsii

Twinberry, Lonicera involucrata
Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruiticosa

Paintbrush, Castilleja sp.
Hairy clematis, Clematis hirsutissima

Fernleaf lovage, Ligusticum filcinum
Tall mountain larkspur, Delphinium occidentale

Horsemint, Agastache urticifolia
Blue flax, Linum lewisii

Little sunflower, Helianthella uniflora
Whorled buckwheat, Eriogonum heracleoides

Scarlet gilia, Ipomopsis aggregata
Penstemon sp.

Our GPS track shows about 7.8 miles and 1400 feet of ascent/descent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.