Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Camp at Willow Lake

2 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Lindsay Daniels

Beautiful alpine lake with reflection of willow trees. 1 mile hike. Great photo location. Moose. Yellow leaves in the fall, wildflowers in the summer.

The trailhead to Willow Lake is about 11 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon and is on the north side of the road right after the passing lane begins. It can be easy to miss, and is only marked with a plaque on a rock (40.630302, -111.604639). As you hike a little in from the road you will see the trailhead. This hike is just under 1 mile, but is pretty steep. It eventually levels out the closer you get to the lake. Before you reach the lake you will come to a wide open field. Continue on and take the trail on the left.

Moose often hang around this lake, so keep an eye out. The colors in the fall are amazing, but the lake is fuller in the spring and summer. Wildflowers are also abundant in the summer months. Camping is allowed as long as you are 200 feet from the lake. Swimming is not allowed.

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Chillin
Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Beautiful!

I️t was so pretty!!!!! I️ found this app and I’m honestly so impressed with it. I️ found so many beautiful places, with this app. I️ definitely recommend this place. It’s amazing

Beautiful hiking and camping spot

Pretty steep hike, but it's definitely doable because of the short length. The lake was gorgeous and the summer wildflowers were all over the trail!

Fun short hike especially in the fall.

This is a fun place to visit in the fall. The hike is all uphill to the lake so its also a great workout but short enough that families can enjoy it as well.

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