Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood) - Hike and Mountain Bike near Brighton, Utah
~Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 8073 South Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Brighton, UT 84121, USA,Brighton,Utah
40.6033313035778, -111.584583520889
0.1 miles W of Brighton, Utah
Address: ~Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 8073 South Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Brighton, UT 84121, USA
GPS: 40°36'12.0"N 111°35'4.5"W
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State: Utah
Trail Length: 2.00 miles

Hike and Mountain Bike

This hike has everything. The trail passes by three bodies of water and winds through beautiful woodland areas. Wildlife is in abundance. Everything from chipmunks to moose can be observed along the trail. The trail features plenty of shady, wooded areas as well as sunny, open stretches from which to enjoy the area's spectacular views. This trail makes for the perfect evening hike.

The trail's elevation gain is significant and takes place within only 1/4 - 1/3 of the trail's total length. However, hiking the trail in a counter-clockwise direction (Lake Solitude Leg first) will provide the least strenuous climb, as the climb in this direction is not quite as steep and the trail condition is much better. For a real workout, hike the trail in the clockwise direction (Twin Lakes Leg first).

ADVISORIES: Lake Solitude leg of the trail is frequented by mountain bikers. No dogs are allowed anywhere in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Insect repellent is highly recommended.

Silver Lake Trail

  • Length: 2.2 miles round trip
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate

Silver Lake Loop

  • Length: 3.95
  • Difficulty: strenuous
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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
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From Brighton, Utah

  1. Head southwest on Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd toward S Brighton Loop Rd (0.1 mi)
  2. Turn right (92 ft)
  3. Turn left
    Destination will be on the left
    (220 ft)
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