Started on the trail at 6AM but had to wait around for around an hour for five moose including a calf to clear out from the trail. I would suggest not getting impatient and trying to get above the talus on the west side of the peak as soon as possible - I unknowingly worked myself into a sketchy situation where there are apparently climbable ice falls in the winter and spooked myself climbing out of it. Staying farther west until the slope is more gradual adds distance but makes getting up easier imho. The ridge is a super fun scramble albeit much more exposed than I was expecting. I had the best luck when I tried to stay centered on the very top of the ridge rather than dropping left or right.
That final summit ridge is so fun. Loved it. What an incredible place with incredible access. Brita and I were musing about how ridiculously popular this would be if it were in Colorado. And then we were laughing about if it were 25 minutes from downtown Denver the way this is from Salt Lake. Absurd to think about. Glad I finally scratched the itch of getting Sundial as I've been wanting to for 10 years now and it just hasn't worked out until now.
#10 09-14-18 W/ Yadahzoemtn. After Blanche Peak. I last climbed this on the same day as ZeeJay ( 09-24-2015) and I don't know what happened to the other 9 logs I submitted for this nifty little peak with the unexpectedly awesome scramble. #11 09-24-21 W/Lana. A relaxing hike - until the scramble! 5+27 from the S-curve TH.
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.
#2 - 7/1/18