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Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike

Big Cottonwood Canyon

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike

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  • Visitor's center at Silver Lake.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • The boardwalk around the lake makes this a very accessible trail.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • There is some fishing to be had on one of the docks.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • Silver Lake with Solitude Resort in the background.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • The trail through the trees at Solitude Lake.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • Bring your canoe and go for a picnic paddle.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • - Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • Silver Lake through the wildflowers. - Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • - Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • The trail split for Twin Lake and Solitude Lake.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • Education signs around the loops explaining the flora and fauna in the wetlands.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
  • Keep your eyes open for moose, they often make their way to the lake to feed.- Silver Lake Loop Trail Hike
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Pros: 
Family friendly. ADA accessible.
Cons: 
Crowded.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,760.00 ft (2,670.05 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Silver Lake Loop is a beautiful family-friendly hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon located at the base of Brighton Ski Resort. The 1-mile loop follows a well-constructed and wheelchair-accessible boardwalk from the Silver Lake Visitor Center and makes its way around the lake, over the wetlands, and through a short forested section. The trail on the far side of the lake leaves the boardwalk for a well-maintained gravel path. It is important to stay on the boardwalk or pathway at all times as they are there to protect the surrounding wetlands and wildlife. As you make your way around the loop, you'll pass a number of interpretive signs, fishing platforms, and picnic tables that make the lake an entertaining and exciting place to spend the day with your family.

The biodiversity around this small lake is quite impressive. There are aquatic wetlands and sedge meadows, emergent seeps, willow thickets, conifer forests and aspen groves, and over 100 species of plants. Though this is accessible throughout the spring, summer, and fall, July and August are ideal times to visit as the wildflowers are in full bloom. Keep your eyes open for wildlife including ducks, birds, beavers, and even moose. If you should encounter a moose at Silver Lake, stay calm and do not approach the animal. Moose are wild and unpredictable, so it's best to keep your distance. 

No matter what time of year you visit, you'll be rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. If you'd like a closer look at those mountains, the Silver Lake Visitor Center is the starting point for a number of other great trails. Head up the Twin Lakes Trail, Lake Solitude Trail or the Brighton Lakes Trail should you be looking for a longer hike.

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