Brighton Lakes Loop

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Brighton Lakes Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Users have reported that this trail is often closed in the winter and spring due to snow. Elevation gain 680 feet to Twin Lakes Reservoir. Major destinations include Twin Lakes Reservoir, Silver Lake and Lake Mary. Trail junctions include Twin Lakes Trail, Alta-Brighton Trail and Lake Mary Trail The Brighton Lakes Trail is a connecting trail between Twin Lakes Reservoir and the Lake Mary Trail. The trail offers a panoramic view of the peaks that surround the Brighton Bowl.

3 days ago

we did 4 of the lakes, well worth it. saw a huge moose about 15 paces from us, as well as a lot of other wildlife. lake mary was moderately trafficked, but catherine and the smaller one we saw only had one or two others in sight. we only saw two other people on the actual loop (they worked for the watershed) but there seemed to be people both going to mary or catherine, just not via the loop.

19 days ago

Loved it! Lake Mary is stunning.

1 month ago

Great hike. 7 Lakes. Started at Silver lake , Solitude, up and over to Twin Lakes, over to Lake Mary, Martha, Cathrine, and Dog Lake. Caught the tail end of the flowers.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Fairly high traffic but still a great hike. Strenuous enough but manageable. Wildflowers everywhere. There was a big bull moose about 30 yds from the trail. Had a blast!

1 month ago

Fun hike. Wildflowers were still in full bloom. Intermittent shade. We saw 3 bull moose. They were right on the trail but we were able go around them.

1 month ago

Great Moderate hike though first mile is steep. The first mile is highly trafficked. Past that it gets more sparse with people till the end then your are back in crowds. Fun, beautiful.

1 month ago

There are a few spots where trail(s) might be more clearly marked. Views of the lakes are amazing; a bit rockier terrain as you get over toward Twin Lakes. Always good to explore some of the many side trails for great views. Great hike!!!

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1 month ago

Gorgeous hike. Right before you get to lake Catherine and you see the trail split, make sure you go off to the right on the rocks to overlook Martha and Mary. Stunning view.

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1 month ago

Hiked the Brighton Lakes Trail upto Catherine Pass today. Took us about 5 hours total, with a long lunch break at the Pass and quite a few stops for birding and checking out wildflowers! This is a pretty neat hike with beautiful views of Lakes Mary, Martha and Catherine from the top. While researching more after coming home I noticed that we could’ve actually made the .3 Mi spur to Sunset peak to get a great view of all the 3 Lakes together. We might be doing this again, possibly from Albion Basin.

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2 months ago

This is a great hike to do with the family. We went with our two kids (6 and 4) and easily made it to the second lake. The temperature is nice and cool even in the summer. There is a descent amount of shade once you get past the chair lifts (ski resort). Loved it!

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2 months ago

Perfect hike on a gorgeous day!! If you have good hiking shoes on with good traction, you will have no problem.

2 months ago

Love this hike. I have done it 4 times since moving to SLC. Beautiful views and good for any skill level

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2 months ago

I only made it to Lake Mary, which was BEAUTIFUL but every person I encountered today (5/26/18) was confused about the route. I was concerned I would get lost trying to continue to the next lake. The trailhead map isn’t very helpful and if there are trail markers, they aren’t visible with all of the snow right now. I would love to do this hike again more into the summer, but now isn’t the best time.

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2 months ago

THIS TRAIL IS INACCESSIBLE IN THE SPRING. As are all of the trails in the Brighton Loop. The Brighton worker I spoke with said it should be uncovered with snow by July. It's not just slippery, it is swallowed by the snow and completely closed to hikers. Just fair warning to anyone thinking about it. It would be glorious in the summer.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike. Not too physically demanding. You’re about 90% sure to see a Moose somewhere. There’s always one or two on the south side of dog lake just off the trail.

10 months ago

My favorite hikes are summits, but this was a beautiful trail!

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11 months ago

Great hike! Saw 4 moose. Best place for moose is on south side of Dog Lake in the marshy area. As you hike to Dog Lake on east side headed south and get almost to the trail end, look in the trees on the left next to big rock outcrop. Bull moose surprised us just 25 feet away standing in the shadows eating. Maybe we were lucky because he pretty much ignored us even though there was a cow moose laying down near him. Also saw a cow with calf at the creek outlet of Lake Martha on north side of lake.

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11 months ago

This is a great trail that shows off the many lakes in the area. Parts are a bit rocky and the elevation can be difficult for people who aren't used to hiking at altitude. It's fun to hike up to the nearby peaks if you have extra time, too!

11 months ago

Easy hike and it's beautiful! We even saw a moose!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great hike today. Saw 4 moose including 2 males with big racks at Catherine Lake.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Lost the trail a couple of times on the way down from Lake Mary. Glad I had the AllTrails map to guide me. Beautiful hike.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

This one is our favorite. Our tough 9 and 6 year olds can handle it (but they're used to hiking every weekend all summer).

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Great views the lakes a great the first mile to the first lake is the steepest but after that it wasn't bad.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful trail throughout. Saw two moose right off the trail within 10 minutes of starting the hike. Recommend liberal use of bug spray.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is my third time doing this hike--still love it! The trail is 95% clear to Lake Catherine. What snow there is, is easily passed; no special equipment is needed. Keep in mind that the trail from Twin Lakes to Lake Mary may be tricky to spot (it is not one of the wide ATV trails).

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Still had snow in parts. Started at Silver Lake, was told the best way to go to avoid the snow. A 3 to 4 hour walk became a 6 hour walk due to misding a turn. The hike isn't signed at all, only for skiers. They didn't have maps to give either so we had to go with the pictures I took of the wall map. Despite all this it was a BEAUTIFUL challenging walk.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Made it to Lake Mary, still muddy and patches of snow. Too much snow to get to Martha and Catherine. The lake is full and beautiful!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great trail, though didnt see much of it, mostly still snow covered. Started on twin lakes trail, got to lake and intended to cut across to Brighton lakes trail but no dice as this rookie didnt bring microspikes. Descended and went back up Brighton Lakes trail, saw Dogwood Lake and Lake Mary, making own trail much of way as hard to follow with all the snow. Nixed any further attempt to Lake Martha or Lake Catherine without spikes- too off axis. Lakes and views are beautiful with all the snow.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

took the lake Mary, Martha, and Catherine hike and enjoyed it every step of the way. Gorgeous views.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

I ran the Alta-Brighton Loop this morning, with a Lake Solitude add on. This loop included the Brighton Lakes route. It is always a pleasure to run this route. And the Brighton Lakes are Beautiful, even when Lake Mary has been drained (like today)

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