The views are especially beautiful right now because of the fall colors. The view looking down the canyon into the Salt Lake Valley is as beautiful as any where on earth! We saw a bull and cow moose next to the trail.
Perfect temperature. Perfect day!
My wife and I took this hike today and it was just beautiful all the way to the lake. We saw a bull moose on our way down and it made an already great hike even better. We found the terrain to be fairly easy except for the last maybe 1/8 mile was a little steeper and quite rocky. It took us about 1 1/2 hours up with quite a few photo stops and about 1 1/4 hours down. It was quite a distance up a dirt road to get to the trail head so don't give up. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow
Patty C. on Silver Lake Trail
Beautiful fall colors. Took my 2 small dogs and saw a few people, not too much traffic. It cools down very fast around 6pm be prepared. Easy hike until you're about 5min from the lake, then large builders appear.
This was a great half day hike with the kids (10 and 7) and our 2 dogs. Before the Granite Campground entrance hang a right on the dirt road. It's a narrow road along the cliff side, so drive slowly and be aware of other cars. At the trailhead there are toilets (big plus with kids), but bring sanitizer ;-). This is definitely moderate as there are places where you are climbing over rocks. You also climb over one small creek. It took us about 2 hours to get up to the lake, pausing to take a few pictures and then about an 1.5 to climb back down. The lake is beautiful and there are many trails that lead down to some small beach areas (in some places). Lots of dogs off leash, but all very friendly and none barked. My kids loved it (so did my pups). I recommend going in early September to really experience the fall colors. The trees were already pretty bare today (beginning of October). We are even thinking about taking tents next time :-).
I wish we would've done this one about two or three weeks ago. Fall colors were still beautiful but they were probably spectacular at the end of September. Go early morning to avoid crowded trail/parking lot.
Very peaceful and quiet at the top minus a couple of people smoking which only killed the mood for a little bit.
Certainly one of the prettiest hikes I've been on and it will be a go to for people visiting out of town.