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Twin Lakes Hike

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Take the right spur from the visitor center to reach the trailhead for Twin Lakes and Lake Solitude. - Twin Lakes Hike
  • The view of Silver Lake from the trail to Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The rocky trail up to Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended as there are a lot of loose rocks on the trail.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The rewarding view of Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Beautiful Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The dam holds back the water and makes what used to be two lakes (Twin Lakes) into one lake unless the water is low.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Don't stop at the main beach, explore the trails around the lake.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • There are numerous picnic spots around the lake.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The view from Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The view from Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The view from Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Wildflowers near the lake.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • More wildflowers on the trail.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • In the summer months, there is a trail from the end of Twin Lakes that leads up to Lake Solitude.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The view of Twin Lakes looking back toward the dam.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • Hiking on the ski slopes provides a different view of the resort.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The rocky trail back down to Silver Lake.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • The view of Big Cottonwood Canyon.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • View of Big Cottonwood Canyon from the Twin Lakes Trail.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • This is the split to Lake Solitude or back down to Silver Lake. - Twin Lakes Hike
  • The trail winds its way through the aspens.- Twin Lakes Hike
  • View from Silver Lake.- Twin Lakes Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short hike. Great views of the canyon. Wildflowers in summer.
Cons: 
Can be crowded.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
720.00 ft (219.46 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 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 Twin Lakes Trail starts at the Silver Lake Visitor Center at the base of Brighton Ski Resort. You'll start by following the boardwalk to the right for quicker access to the trail, but the full loop to the left is short and worth the extra stroll. Once you reach the junction, the trail starts to climb and offers great views of Silver Lake from above. The trail can be rocky and uneven in sections, so be sure you have sturdy shoes and mind your step. 

You will hike your way up one of Brighton's ski runs before you reach the lake in about 1.25 miles. Two lakes were here before the dam was erected, but with the dam holding the water back, the lakes have flooded into one large reservoir. 

Nestled between Twin Lakes Pass on the west and Mount Evergreen to the north, the scenic area offers breathtaking views and plenty of wildlife viewing. If you visit in July or August, you'll likely catch the wildflowers in full bloom including showy daisy, Indian paintbrush, coneflower, and wild geranium.

Once you've had your fill of views, you can either head down the way you came or follow the trail along the lake across Twin Lakes Pass to Lake Solitude to make a loop.

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