Summary: 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.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located near the Brighton Ski Resort a the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Getting to Big Cottonwood Canyon:
Take I-215 South (freeway will become I-215 East) until you reach the 6200
South exit. Turn right onto Wasatch Boulevard, then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon. The intersection is clearly signed. You will see a 7-11 store to your right.
From the north or south ends of the valley, take I-15 to I-215 East and follow the directions above.
Getting to the Silver Lake Trailhead:
Proceed up Big Cottonwood Canyon (Utah Hwy 190) 14.7 miles. The Silver Lake Recreation Area is on the right side of the road just outside the Brighton Ski Resort. Parking is available on both sides of the road. The trail begins behind the Silver Lake Visitor's Center. (Lat:40.60352 Lon:-111.58459)
Trail Guides for Silver Lake Loop:
Best Easy Day Hikes - Salt Lake City
by Brian Brinkerhoff (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Wasatch-Cache National Forest (801) 466-6411 Tu-Sa 10:30a-7:00p MT
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Troy Slater, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by AWB on 7/27/2009
I love this hike. took the wife and kids over the weekend. a couple spots between lake solitude and and the twin lake/ solbright pass that were a little rough for kids. great hike recommend it to anyonelooking for a good day hike. Twin lake first is a much harder more steep hike.
Reviewed by CLP on 5/31/2007
This is a great place to visit, spend most of my winter Snowboarding the east side on Mt Millicent. This is not the highest point on this trail though, you can continue on a foot track from Lake Solitude pass the Mine and up the Ski run that traverses to Twin Lakes Pass. Great views from up there and one hell of a work out too!
Reviewed by Michelle on 8/15/2006
My husband and I have hiked the Twin Falls part of the loop many times because we love to fish there. It is a very steep hike but stunning views. We took the Lake Solitude trail once and found it much easier but you miss out on the panoramic view.
Reviewed by patrick nelson on 7/7/2004
this hike is great for moose viewing, wildflower viewing and other wildlife in the area. best times to go for the moose are either early in the morning, or in the evening as that's typically when the moose are out! so much fun. some pictures on www.patrick-nelson.com in the wildlife section, all of the moose are from silver lake. i really enjoy this area.
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