Hike Big Cottonwood Canyon's Silver Lake

Utah Silver Lake Information Center

Added by Lindsay Daniels

  • Distance: 1 mile loop around the lake
  • Possibility to make it a 4-mile roundtrip hike
  • Wetlands
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Spectacular views

This quick hike to a beautiful lake in the Wasatch Mountains is perfect for the whole family. Park at the visitor center at the Silver Lake Recreation Area near Brighton Ski Resort, pick up a trail map and walk behind the building to find the trailhead. You can also pick up a wildflower guide at the visitor center - there are incredible blooms in the summer months.

The trailhead leads you to a one mile loop trail that wraps around Silver Lake. This trail is family friendly and wheelchair accessible. For those more adventurous hikers, there are several other trail junctions if you wish to extend your hike on to Twin Lakes, Lake Solitude, and the Brighton Lakes. These trails involve much more climbing and may not be quite so family friendly.

Getting there:

From Salt Lake City, take I-215 and exit at 6200 South. Follow the road signs to Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Brighton and Solitude ski resorts. Continue up Big Cottonwood Canyon for 14.2 miles to the Silver Lake Visitor’s Center.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
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5 months ago

Beautiful All Year Round

A fun place to snowshoe and Nordic ski in the winter, great family hiking spot in the summer, and a phenomenal place to see the fall colors!!

5 months ago

7 months ago

dope for snowshoeing

go at night when there's a full moon--pretty dank

7 months ago

7 months ago

Under Ice And Snow In Late March

Disappointed. Closed to hiking because lake was under ice and snow.

7 months ago

12 months ago

Great place for photos and family

Super easy hike, beautiful landscape, and a great place for a family stroll.

12 months ago

Added by Lindsay Daniels

I am a photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I shoot landscapes, and adventure lifestyle, as well as documentary style stories through both stills and motion. Find me on social media @lindsaydanielsphotography.

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