Summary: This is a suitable hike for nearly anyone, with only a few steep stretches on the trail,
The trail takes hikers past 3 lakes: Lake Mary, Lake Martha, and Lake Catherine. A fourth, Dog Lake, can be reached by turning off the main trail about 1/4 of the way up the trail and hiking about 500 feet into a small canyon. Signs along the trail direct hikers to these attractions.
The views on this hike are awesome. Cliffside overlooks, beautiful woodland areas, and views from the trail to the canyons below are abundant during the course of the hike.
Lake Catherine last lake on the trail. This lake, surrounded by mountains on nearly all sides, is the most beautiful attraction on this hike. Be sure and plan on spending some time relaxing in this beautiful spot.
ADVISORIES: Take and use insect repellent. Mosquitos are abundant near the bodies of water. Also be aware that no dogs are allowed in 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 Trailhead:
Follow the canyon road clear to the top. The road will lead you right into the Brighton Resort and into a huge parking lot. To the left, you will notice a large kiosk with a pitched roof. Park close to the kiosk as this is where the trailhead is. Read posted signs carefully for re-routes or other information about the trail. (Lat:40.5959 Lon:-111.58407)
Trail Guides for Brighton Lakes Trail:
Best Easy Day Hikes - Salt Lake City
by Brian Brinkerhoff (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
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
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Reviewed by Mary Jo on 8/19/2013
Great time and great hike. We did see moose near Dog Lake. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
Reviewed by Eric on 10/7/2012
I made the hike a little longer and strenuous by going past Silver Lake up to the dam at Twin Lakes Reservoir, then to Lake Mary, Dog Lake, and back down. Missed the best foliage by 7-10 days but still beautiful, cool, and scenic. Took about 3 hours. Encountered the beginnings of some ice patches south of Lake Mary, but conditions were fantastic.
Reviewed by Isaac on 8/1/2012
I will always love these hikes and surrounding areas. My friends father first took us here when me and my friend were in 9th grade and I have been hiking up there as much as I can since then.(I'm in college now). You have to do all these hikes to really figure our which one you like the most. My personal favorite is lake Mary. And just a side note please pick up your fishing gear and garbage. It's sad to see so much litter up there.
Reviewed by CT on 7/19/2011
Its a great trail, a bit uphill at first. As of July 19th 2011 tho, there is still slushy Snow up there and you have to traverse some snow packs and large banks.
Reviewed by Lori on 7/19/2010
Remember to take your garbage out with you this includes the watermelon rinds that someone kindly left for us to find.Also this is watershed so keepit clean.
Reviewed by Allie on 6/2/2010
Can you take horses on this trail?
Reviewed by Diana on 8/10/2009
Took this hike Saturday 8/8/2009. It was breath takingly beautiful. The mountains were carpeted with a great variety of wildflowers. Add that to the spectacular views and Wow!! Thanks for the info on the hike.
Reviewed by Kimbo on 7/26/2009
We did this with a 2 month old in a front pack that I carried, a 2 year old in a backpack that my husband carried, a 6 year old and a 5 year old. Absolutely doable if you are in semi-okay shape. I haven't exercised in ten months due to pregnancy complications and this was my first hike back in the game. Saw lots of families and older people doing the hike to Lake Mary. Very fun for all of us!
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