Brighton Lakes Loop is a 7 mile heavily 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.

Length7.0 miElevation gain1,807 ftRoute typeLoop
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This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org 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. Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall P.O. Box 147420 Salt Lake City, UT, 84114 Phone: 801-538-1030 travel@utah.com Supervisor's Office (801) 999-2103 857 West South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm Salt Lake Ranger District 6944 South 3000 East Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 (801) 999-2103

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) to Brighton. Start from the Silver Lake Loop trailhead which begins across the road from the Brighton Store.The Brighton Lakes Trail joins Twin Lakes Trail about 1 1/4 mile from the start. Access #2: Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) to Brighton. Start from the Lake Mary Trail which begins behind the Mt. Majestic Lodge. The Brighton LakesTrail joins Lake Mary Trail about 1 mile up.

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Tori Chiodo
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Did this hike a couple weeks ago and it was amazing. Hit all the lakes including dog lake and went out to sunset peak on the way!! Would definitely recommend!

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Mike Rodarte
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Great Fall Hike! Lots of variations for trails and some nice peaks towards the top with views of Alta, Brighton and DV

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Tyler Fisher
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Fantastic full-day hike. We went up from Lake Mary to Sunset Peak, then came back down and looped around all the nearby lakes. So many totally distinct microbiomes between the lakes, the peak, the dense evergreen forests, and the white aspen forests. This hiking area can be extended to be as short or long of a hike as you want, with a million smaller trails everywhere. Perfect area to spend a weekend day, when all the other trails in these canyons are all crazy busy. Ample parking due to the ski areas, and many places for people to spread out on — we were mostly on our own all day despite it being a crisp Saturday in mid-October.

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Igmar Melis
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Eric Manns
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HikingGreat!

Can be confusing about a mile or so in. But it is a great hike. Beautiful. Definitely gain in elevation. Totally recommend.

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Maggie Lightner
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Using the AllTrails map is definitely worth it on this loop. There are many little offshoot trails that you can get sidetracked on, so having a clear path was nice. It also was not super well marked. Especially once you started the loop after the Lake Mary offshoot. However it’s a gorgeous hike. Great views and a great workout in nature! Didn’t catch any moose, but saw several mule deer. Definitely recommended!

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Heidi O'Neal
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scott gibbs
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Natasha Maw
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Alex Stark
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HikingGreat!

My favorite hike up at Brighton. You get to see 6 different lakes. It is truly an amazing hike. The trail between the lakes is also very scenic, and going from Twin Lakes to Lake Mary wasn't very crowded.

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Mark Silvis
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John Kelly
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We went to Silver, Twin and then Mary. Downhill the way from Mary. Pretty lakes. Not too crowded.

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Araceli Ramirez
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John St. Clair
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Great trail...with a little scrambling in spots...started out walking from the big parking lot at Brighton. Did a side trip to Dog Lake and then Mary, Martha, Catherine, Twin Lakes and Silver Lake. A little over 8 miles. Made it up to about 10,400 before we turned around. Saw 4 moose at Lake Martha!

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Tony Christensen
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Had a great time hiking this in the cool rain. Did Mary, Martha, Catherine, up to Sunset Peak, down to Dog, over to Twin, and down to Silver Lake. With a little trail running, did it in just over 3 hours. Not too crowded because of the rain. Temps in the 50’s. Throwing in Sunset Peak, (worth it), it’s about 9 miles.

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Nina Shah
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Beautiful wildflowers! Lush and green. Highly recommend to get Great Lake views. Temperature was in the 70s

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Justyn Gourdin
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Definitely wouldn't rate this as hard. it didn't have much incline. it was steady and beautiful. the wild flowers were gorgeous (but so many kids picking them which was sad). we also saw a moose. it was great.

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Cheral Chivers
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Best hike I have been on this year. Aside from the mosquitoes, it was perfect.

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Sarah Paxton
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Technically this isn’t the Brighton Lakes Loop, but I did the Cirque - it was amazing. Highly recommend!

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Dave Bates
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Loved the hike. The trail up from silver lake is very nice. Would be 5 stars, but the trail down from Mary is only ok. It was still snowy and muddy, but passable. I think we need to make a new trail from the bottom of the twin lakes dam to the low point of the next section. Go cross country instead of hiking the stupid dirt hill. You skip snow and a super hill.

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Alicia Filley
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This was a beautiful hike and a beautiful day! Definitely not for the beginner. Download the trail map as it’s very helpful when the trail is covered with snow like it was in many parts. Poles are helpful if you have trouble with balance or have achy knees. The last part of the loop is walking along the street back to the Brighton parking lot.

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Madalyn Nelson
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What an amazing hike. I really enjoyed it because we go snowboarding during the winter. Too much snow to do Catherine but we hit all the other lakes. There is some mud and snow along some of the trail but not enough to worry.

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Cristian Mattoon
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well.... forgot to stop it.... but AMAZING hike!!

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Philip Beck
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