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Lake Solitude Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 495 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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Contact
Getting There

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Salt Lake City: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) to Brighton about 14.2 miles up the canyon to the Silver Lake Visitor's Center. Park at the Silver Lake Information Center or across the street at the Brighton Store.

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Reviews (375)
Photos (496)
Recordings (236)
Completed (1288)
Jeff McMullin
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HikingGreat!

Fun easy trail.

Cross Townsend
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HikingGreat!

Great hike with hardly anybody! Lake was beautiful, found a cool cave, and did Silver Lake the same hike. Did it with another family member and we both loved it!

Jackie Sheean
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HikingBugs

Nice trail to add to the Silver Lake Trail. The Silver Lake loop is heavily trafficked, and this is trail provides a little solace from the crowds with an easy climb on a shady trail through a forest of quaking aspens. You may even see a moose if you arrive early.

Emma Mejia
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Hiking

Very nice trail with lots of quaking aspen trees and the lake is peaceful.

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Aubrey Jones
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Hiking

We set out from Silver Lake just before 3pm for a little afternoon hike. Lots of people at Silver Lake but once we got into Lake Solitude trail, we passed maybe 3 or 4 small groups coming out, and then we had the whole trail to ourselves. There were no steep parts, though it was strenuous for me with a 2.5 yr old on my back who refused to walk ;) beautiful wildflowers and aspen forests. We saw chipmunks, squirrels, butterflies. No annoying bugs, thankfully! I think the lake was actually more of just...a bit of water on the ground. But we sat and had a picnic before heading back out. Overall a nice quick hike with some pretty scenery.

Joselyn Bello
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Hiking

Lots of wildlife like pikas and deer

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Wendi Robinson
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Very pretty at the top of the trail where the lake is. Also nice that you can make a loop all the way around it. Fairly easy trail, kid friendly. We saw a beautiful deer near the lake. Trail had a fair amount of people, but wasn't overwhelming

Chase Boshard
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Hiking

Great trail, not crowded at all today. This should be ranked a easy trail. Beautiful little lake & view!

Juliet Miller
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Hiking

I would agree with other reviewers that him this trail is more easy than moderate. I’m out of shape and it was just difficult enough to get the blood pumping, but easy enough that you can enjoy it all. Gorgeous wildflowers of several varieties. Easy trail that isn’t very rocky. I wouldn’t describe any part of this trail as being steep. Mostly a very gradual incline with lots of flat portions.

Scott Densmore
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Hiking

We completed it as part of the wonderful Silver Lake to Lake Solitude to Twin Lakes Loop, going early on a gorgeous late-July morning to beat the crowds. Fantastic views and lots of beautiful wildflowers blooming!

Amanda Goodner
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Hiking

A little cold today, but beautiful hike! I would say it’s more easy than moderate.

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Summer Rasmussen
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Hiking

Very simple and rewarding hike. I went on a rainy day, and it was an introverts paradise I saw many birds, some of which had the most beautiful yellow, orange, and blue feathers I’ve seen around here. There was no one else on the trail except the one moose munchin’ on some foliage. It was my first time seeing one on a hike, and it was peaceful and beautiful. There were also quite a few chipmunks, squirrels, and what look like lil gophers. I will definitely bring my family and friends back who enjoy easier hikes.

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Anneliese Shapiro
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Hiking

On the easy end of moderate—beautiful hike with rolling elevations. Fun for the whole family. Want to do the loop with twin lakes next time.

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Mac McCarthy
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HikingBugs

We did this hike along with Twin Lakes We started at Silver Lake, hiked up to the reservoir, and then down to Solitude Lake and then back the the start.

Dave Bates
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Hiking

Great shady trail. Not too busy. Not steep but not too easy. The lake is a natural one so it is not big like the other ones. A very nice little hike.

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Kristin Roberts
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Hiking
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Kate P
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Hiking

The description says it is a loop trail, but we just did an out and back. It was quite crowded with people on a Saturday morning (we didn't start out super early though, so partly due to that) and lots of children. Past Silver Lake the trail feels a bit more like a trail through some pretty trees, but the trail was more of a woodsy stroll than a hike, as the small gain implies. All in all, a short, quick, and easy hike that's a nice way to get outside but avoid doing any hiking that might tire you out or take a while. It's definitely not my favorite trail in the beautiful area (prefer Lake Mary, etc) but still nice. If you continue around the lake for a minute or two, there's a nice, large fallen tree that has been polished by the weather to make for a great seat for a snack break.

Joseph McFarlane
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Hiking

Great, short hike. Perfect for young kids

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Natalie Nielsen
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So pretty right now; wildflowers are everywhere! Very impressed with the amount of people wearing masks on the trail; Silver Lake was super crowded, but the trail leading to Solitude wasn't bad.

Annalisa Spencer
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Hiking

It was nice & shady and easy for kids, but VERY crowded.

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Ashley J
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HikingRocky

Loved this one! Silver lake was crowded but after that area, us and one other small group were the only ones on the trail! Wildflowers were beautiful. I recommend going by 10 am to avoid the silver lake crowds. I’d rate this one as easy.

Taylor Jackson
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Hiking

Very pretty trail! It was pretty crowded at first (4th of July weekend), but it got better after you leave Silver Lake. If you go on a weekend, bring a face mask. The trail was never too steep. Good for kids and had lots of shade. It was not too hard with toddlers on our backs. The wildflowers are starting to come out.

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Jonah De La Rosa
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Lots of aspens on the way up. The lake is pretty small but there was nobody else up there when we went. Very quiet.

Macy Egbert
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Hiking

Wildflowers are out! And saw a moose! Perfect weather. Very few mosquitos. Lovely sunset on the glass lake.

K Carter
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Hiking

6/20/2020. This is a really nice trail. I would call it easy rather than moderate, and I’m not a strong hiker. Maybe it’s more difficult in the snow. But right now it’s lovely. The lake is really a pond—it’s very low this year. Lots of people and one moose.

Lisa Harris
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Went with 3 tweens and Grandma yesterday. There is a fallen tree covering the trail near the beginning. No need to climb over it, look for the recent trail that has been made around it. There was one little patch of snow and mud but very easy to navigate around. Always a lovely hike and great for beginners and intermediate hikers alike.

Jasmine Jones
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izzy nielsen
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great trail! easy enough to rake a family on for sure. had to cross snow once, but it was nothing. gets muddy in a few spots due to snow runoff. this trail is awesome to do right now!

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