Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail

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  • The trailhead at Brighton Ski Resort.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Heading up from Brighton Ski Resort.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Such great autumn color in Big Cottonwood Canyon.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Fall colors at Brighton.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • The Lake Mary Trail to Catherines Pass.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Fall color along the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Mount Clayton (10,721 ft) in the distance.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Mary with Mount Wolverine (10,795 ft) to the left and Mount Millicent (10,452 ft) to the right.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Dam maintenance lowers the level on a normally full and large Lake Mary.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Martha, the second of the three lakes along this trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Martha, the second of the three lakes along this trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Looking out toward Guardsman's Pass.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Martha with Mount Wolverine above.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Catherine.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Catherine.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Catherines Pass sitting above the lake.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Catherine.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Lake Catherine.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • The Lake Mary Trail past Lake Catherine.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Hiking the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Hiking the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Hiking the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Hiking the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • The fork to Dog Lake.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Beautiful fall colors on the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
  • Beautiful fall colors on the Lake Mary Trail.- Lake Mary, Lake Martha + Lake Catherine via Catherines Pass Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Tremendous fall color. Beautiful lakes. Moose and other wildlife. Fishing.
Cons: 
Steep terrain. No dogs. No swimming. Crowded at times.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,450.00 ft (441.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,792.00 ft (2,679.80 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Lake Mary/Catherines Pass Trail is a great hike with plenty of options when it comes to adjusting the length of your adventure. On this trail there are three major lakes and access to Little Cottonwood Canyon by way of Catherines Pass. Great views, incredible autumn color, and frequent wildlife keep a steady stream of hikers coming up. Beautiful peaks rise above the lakes including Mount Millicent, which during the winter is a major part of the terrain at Brighton Ski Resort. Like most Wasatch hikes, this one can be pretty steep at times, but the short distance and amazing views make the climbing worthwhile.

Once you enter Brighton Ski Resort, look for the main ticket counter and head up the small hill toward the ski lifts. A trail information board gives you all the distances to the various lakes and their climbing elevations. The stats included in this article are for hiking all the way to Catherines Pass. Lake Mary is the largest and first of the three lakes, followed by Lake Martha and eventually Lake Catherine before the trail reaches the pass. From the lookout points you can see up and down Big Cottonwood and toward Guardsman's Pass, which heads toward Park City and Midway.

Feel free to bring your fishing rods, but make sure you leave the dogs at home for this and any hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Keep an eye out for the local moose, hummingbirds, and red-tail hawk that frequent the area. There are several places you can fork off the trail and head to other lakes such as Dog Lake. They are clearly marked along the way, allowing people who have come up here before to try new variations. If you feel ambitious you can continue to the Little Cottonwood side of Catherines Pass for another great trail, but this is usually accessed from Alta rather than Brighton.

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