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Silver Lake Trail

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Silver Lake Flat Reservoir at the trailhead. - Silver Lake Trail
  • Bathrooms, maps and info.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Most of the early part of the trail looks holds thick aspen groves. - Silver Lake Trail
  • An early creek sighting and some of the many small waterfalls along the way. - Silver Lake Trail
  • Entering the Lone Peak Wilderness.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Silver Lake Trail
  • You will begin to see the many peaks overhead as the aspen and pine trees clear. - Silver Lake Trail
  • Another one of the waterfalls along the trail. - Silver Lake Trail
  • Looking south down toward Mount Timpanogos and Silver Lake Flat. - Silver Lake Trail
  • Hiking the Silver Lake Trail.- Silver Lake Trail
  • The wildflowers cover the hills on the upper part of the trail.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Hiking the Silver Lake Trail.- Silver Lake Trail
  • The is the tallest of the falls, and it comes directly off of Silver Lake.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Open views of the Pfeifferhorn (11,325 feet) from the Silver Lake Trail.- Silver Lake Trail
  • Silver Lake.- Silver Lake Trail
  • The limestone layers that are common in American Fork Canyon.- Silver Lake Trail
  • White Baldy sitting above the lake.- Silver Lake Trail
  • The Pfeifferhorn (11,325 feet) is on the left and White Baldy Peak (11,321 feet) is on the right. - Silver Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Shaded much of the way. Gorgeous beauty. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
Buggy.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
8,978.00 ft (2,736.49 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,427.00 ft (434.95 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
March 15 to November 15
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Fall, Summer
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,427.00 ft (434.95 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,551.00 ft (2,301.54 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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There are several bodies of water called Silver Lake in the Wasatch Mountains thanks to the region's rich mining history. The version in American Fork Canyon requires a beautiful and fun hike to reach it, taking you up toward the peaks of the Pfeifferhorn and White Baldy. The trail begins at the far end of a reservoir named Silver Lake Flat, which is located up a 3-mile dirt road with some absolutely incredible views of Mount Timpanogos. The precarious drive up gives you a bit of separation from the crowds at Tibble Fork Reservoir below. The first half of the trail is shaded in summer by the thick aspen and pine trees growing overhead. Along the way are several small waterfalls and creek crossings with wildflowers lining the trail. The second half of the trail is exposed, but it allows you to see the stunning views to the south and the peaks to the north. You can see the cirques of Timpanogos behind Silver Lake Flat as you gain elevation, which is an awesome sight.

Once on top of the final plateau you'll reach the medium-sized alpine lake with a large waterfall running down from its rocky spillway. Several small waterfalls were cascading into Silver Lake from the last few patches of snow. Further up the mountain is Silver Glance Lake, sitting on a higher plateau to the north. This is a really stunning hike and well worth the drive and hike it takes to get up here. The iconic White Baldy sits to the north and the Pfeifferhorn sits to its west, so the setting is one of pure alpine splendor. This is one of the prettiest hikes in American Fork Canyon, and it has all the great aspects you'll want in a high altitude lake trail.

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