Just hiked up to Silver Lake on Saturday, Dec 3. Lots of snow, so snow shoes were a must. Thankfully some back country skiers knew the trail well (mostly) and had it tracked about an hour before I started. It was pretty deep snow in some places (up to my waist) and the snow shoes helped, but it was pretty strenuous. The views, even in the winter, are spectacular!!!
This was a good trail to get a bit of a workout. When I went in November, the reservoir was really low. Around the reservoir, there are a lot of offshoot trails and it's easy to get off the main trail but they eventually all come together. Great views of the mountains.
This is a great hike with some fantastic views! I did the hike 11/15/16, we have had an amazingly warm fall so there hasn't been any snow. The hike is well classified as moderate. It's not as steep as Lake Blanche but is certainly a good workout. The lake at the end is beautiful as is the lake at the beginning. The lake at the bottom of the trail head is currently being drained. The road up to the trail head is also undergoing a lot of construction. But you can still make it up. It's a $6 entrance fee at the ranger stop.