Hike Big Cottonwood Canyon's Silver Lake

Silver Lake Information Center, Brighton, Utah, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

Lake
Scenic

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.

Note: the trail is best used March through November. 

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
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Definitely not a hike, more like a walk. Still a cool view though 👍🏼

9 months ago
9 months ago

Very easy. Was able to push my baby in her stroller.

10 months ago
10 months ago

There couldn't be a more awesome place to go for a short mountain walk with the family. Its super easy and even more beautiful.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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!!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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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