This was my first time up into the Lake Blanche area. Really liked this area and the scramble up to the summit of Sundial was well worth it.
Getting to the saddle was nice and quick from Lake Blanche, the scrambling that I encountered was most certainly class 4 and exposed, harder than the Cottonwood ridge traverse was for sure, not sure where the class 3 route is. Views from the top were amazing though, definitely worth it
One of the best single-peak ridges in the Wasatch! :)
Started from the typical Lake Blanche TH.
Nice fall hike via the standard route.
Great early morning hike. Didn't see anyone on the way up to the lake. A few scout troops waking up once I got there, then was alone again until I made it back to the lake. Must have seen 100+ people on the way down from Lake Blanche. Start early and you can have it to yourself.
Very fun route and in the shade. Hike up was hot and Lake Blanche wasn't much more than a pond
great climb up that north face. True summit is a good haul in rock shoes from the top of the climb
With WMC members
Beautiful hike. I tried to gain the ridge too far north and it got a little sketchy - should have been a bit more patient.
I'm doing a lot of hikes as part of training for a big traverse later this summer, so i decided to push it up the lake blanche trail. I felt good by the time I got to the lake, so i decided to go bag the peak. Worth every second.
Went up for a morning hike. Hit Sundial and a few bumps up on Cottonwood ridge. Perfect weather. Didn't see another person until Lake Blanche on the way back down.
Climbed Sundial via the standard class 3 route to the South ridge. Great views in all directions.
With a group of Wasatch Mountain Clubbers (standard route).
6/16/12- Climbed the "Eleventh Hour" route and continued to the summit. Climb was done with The Utah Outsiders ( Matt J., Matt L., Glenn, Janey, Scott C., Jeremy F. and myself). It was a fine day to be in the mountains. The Route was superb 5 stars!
Got to Lake Blanch in little over an hour. Made it to the Peak in another 1-1/2hr or so. Instead of going on the way explained on the page, ascended up a valley just to the west then cutting east to the ridge. Seemed easier than hiking through the boulder fields. Perfect weather.
Lake Blanche is really pretty. The ridge near the summit was a lot of fun. Beautiful scenery the whole way to the top. I really enjoyed this peak.
Climbed with Caroline, John, Kathleen, and Dustin. Had trouble locating the trail after the lake and ended up scrambling up the rocks to the north face and hiked the valley to the saddle. The knife ridge was an adrenaline boost for us acrophobia types. Summit at 4:30 pm.
Its getting late. Nice adventurous 5.8
Like vanman798 suggested. I did the South Summit of Sundial via the Crazy Man Couloir, only difference is that there is very little snow now and the entire route is loose, wet, or otherwise dirty. BUT it was a very fun scramble and only required careful hand/foot placement and good judgement.
Sept 6, 2013 - William DaBell and I did the 11th hour route, we each lead 2 pitches.
June 8, 2012, Tristan Higbee and I climbed Sundial Peak via the 11th Hour route. Tristan lead the first 3 pitches and I lead the last one. We meet at 10:00 am at the Lake Blanche trailhead, and it took as about 1.5 hours to reach the lake. By noon we were at the base of the route. It took us 3.5 hours to do the four pitches, so we arrived on top at around 4 pm. We scrambled up to the highest point of the North Peak, and then rapped down the crazy man couloir area (2-raps). We were back at the route starting point by 5:40 pm, and back to the cars by 7:40 pm (9.5 hours total trip time).
May 31, 2010 - Via The Crazy Man Couloir. Decided to see if we could find a route up between the two peaks. We did find a sort of psuedo couloir, on the east side, that lead up between the two peaks, which we nick named "The Crazy Man Couloir" (cause it had several tricky spots and some very steep spots). Try it, you might like it!!!