2.8 Miles from trailhead to lake Watershed Area - No Pets, No Swimming
Lake Blanche is a trail we have wanted to do for a long time, many of us have been up this trail a couple times before, just never recorded it. Choosing the right time to visit Lake Blanche is key to your experience. We chose to arrive in the morning; but, wound up actually arriving at noon. The mid-day sun in July allows little shaded rest on this trail, we all nearly ran through about 3 liters of water throughout the whole trip. However, the sun made the mountain flowers here just radiant. We encountered a couple backpacking groups, trail runners, and plenty of other hikers on the way up to the lake. There are three or four good spots to take a couple minutes to rest and look at the view of the valley you just hiked up before you get to the top. We hardly found any trash worth mentioning on this hike, it was a great experience.
2 Miles end to end Pets required to be on leashes on even calendar days
Elbow Fork is a trail we did on accident. We were somehow convinced that Elbow Fork was Bowman Fork. You can see the Bowman Fork Trail from many of the ridges along Elbow Fork. Ultimately this trail, while similar in difficulty, will not take you anywhere near the same destination as Bowman Fork. Despite all that though, Elbow Fork was a fairly decent trail to hike. It was challenging, as it is quite steep in some places; and, had some great places to rest and look around in the shade. We met a few other hikers and runners on this trail, even late on a week day. So this seems to be a well frequented destination. We found about 3 pounds of all kinds of trash including wrappers, bottles, chew cans, caps, cigarette butts, etc.