I decided to go get a rental car this morning to make getting to some trailheads easier, and to make going to the airport in the morning easier. The bus I need doesn’t run early enough and I seem to have acquired quite a bit of stuff while here.

Once I had the car, I drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon and parked at the Mill B Trailhead. I had to hike in a little ways to the Lake Blanche Trail, and then it was 2.8 miles and 2,720′ of elevation gain to the lake. The trail was packed down the whole way so I just used my MICROspikes and never needed to put on my snowshoes. It was gorgeous and sunny and I ran into several other hikers doing the same trail. The lake was completely iced and snowed over and there were tons of tracks on it, but I didn’t feel comfortable walking across it by myself, even though others were then on it. I enjoyed a lunch in the sun and turned for the hike back.

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I still had time when I got back to the car so I drove a little farther up the canyon to the Mill D Trailhead and hiked out to Donut Falls. The falls were also iced and snowed over but I wasn’t sure if I was at them yet, so I followed the packed down trail up until I realized I was probably on the falls, and turned around to go back down.

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Back at the couchsurfer’s house, we went out and got pho for dinner. Tonight is the last night of my Utah adventure. I fly home in the morning.

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