Lake Solitude Trail

EASY 192 reviews

Lake Solitude Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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.

12 days ago

Beautiful flowers and a decent amount of shade. The lake was meh.

Does anyone know if you can camp up here?

19 days ago

Great easy hike. Saw a moose on the way up and while sitting on a rock by the lake saw some tiger salamanders and caddisfly larvae stuck to the rocks underwater. Lots of wildflowers right now.

21 days ago

Great easy trail with our kids (7 &4). Lots of bugs up there right now, but the wild flowers are out and are glorious. We saw a moose on our way down in the evening.

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25 days ago

Great little hike, gorgeous views, and good for kids (we have 2 three year olds). We went on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t crowded at all. Would definitely go again.

26 days ago

Easy and beautiful trail. Kids down to five had no trouble but got pretty tired.

26 days ago

Great hike, especially for me as a 74 year old. No moose but a deer on the hill by the lake. Only one small patch of snow. Trail not well marked in places, but people returning in the trail kept us on course. Lots of young children on the trail so that gave me confidence.

1 month ago

Saw a moose around the lake, plenty of chipmunks, prairie dogs. Nice trail easy and well marked .

1 month ago

Love this hike. Quick and fairly easy. Lake at the end is pretty and usually run into either moose or deer in the evening.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike shaded by Aspen trees. I hiked in the evening and the weather was perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an OK hike. we made the loop going up to Lake Solitude and continuing to Twin Lakes and back down to Silver Lake.
There's no more snow on the trail. The views from Twin Lake up the cirque is beautiful. Busy trail, even during the week.

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1 month ago

Was easier than expected. Not steep at all. There wasn’t much snow at all up there we did just fine in regular hiking shoes. We love hiking and wasn’t really satisfied with how short it was so we followed the summit road up further and got a beautiful view of the lake. Got a little nervous with the cave up there and saw a pile of animal fur so we didn’t go any further.

But this is an easy one for children! Very beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Still lots of snow on the trail, making it hard to follow. The lake is still pretty frozen. I imagine this hike will be a lot more fun and much prettier in a couple more weeks.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this hike yesterday, fairly easy, saw a lot of families. Some good views and elevation climb is not difficult. This was a good hike for someone like me who is new to the area and getting acclimated to the elevation. Caution: you should bring GPS since trail not well marked and it's easy to get off which we did one time (several others we passed would ask us if still on trail). Also, while probably obvious, this late in fall we did encounter areas of ice/snow so while easy hike, bring appropriate footwear.

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9 months ago

What a beautiful afternoon for a fall hike! There won't be many more afternoons like this one at such a high elevation. The trail was covered in golden aspen leaves and the weather was crisp and sunny. The only trouble was the work they've recently done on the service road and in felling trees erased the path. We found it again luckily. And thank heaven for the GPS! We somehow started heading down to a lackluster pond before realizing it wasn't Lake Solitude and we were supposed to be heading up toward the lake instead. In other words, the trail wasn't well marked. But the kids (15, 11, 9, and 7) and I had a great time and enjoyed this hike. We saw so many deer!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike. Was pretty with the snowfall over the weekend. Nice for a quick day hike.

9 months ago

good easy hike

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail, fairly easy (if used to the altitude).

10 months ago

Trail was well marked and not difficult or maybe we are just getting acclimated. Beautiful aspen groves that will be gorgeous in about two weeks. Some are just starting to turn gold. There were moose close to Silver Lake and fortunately there was someone there to guide us away as the bull was a little aggressive due to the approaching mating season. Got a glimpse of them but not good enough to photo.

10 months ago

Saw a moose near Silver Lake! And the best part was, people were keeping a respectful distance and not harassing it.

10 months ago

We saw 4 moose at the start. Beautiful trail and easy too!

hiking
10 months ago

Super easy hike up to Lake Solitude. We chose to continue to hike over to Twin Lakes. Would probably do Twin Lakes to Lake Solitude next time.

hiking
10 months ago

The aspens at the beginning of this hike are so amazing! The rest of the hike is nice, but not all that exciting. The lake was a little lackluster to be honest. Still nice, but I don't think I would do this one again. There are others I like more. I gave this 4 stars because the trail is well maintained and there are signs everywhere, so you cannot get lost.

10 months ago

Nice circular hike to the lakes on the Brighton - Solitude border. Parked at Sliver Lake where we first walked the boardwalk and saw a moose! Then up the trail from there.

11 months ago

Great hike. Really enjoyed going up over Lake Solitude and down into Twin Lakes. Beautiful wildflowers and the views were amazing.

hiking
11 months ago

Went on a dope hike to a lake yo!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

came down to solitude from twin lakes. I expected this lake to be prettier but it was not quite as nice as the others. All downhill, easy trip back down if you're up at Twin.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fun, quick hike. Up and down in some parts but a lot of the trail is covered in shade.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

This was a great hike. The trail was marked well and perfectly sloped for children: not flat but not too steep. Our 4 year old was able to hike there and back without much complaining. The trail was well shaded with pretty scenery. I only wish the lake had easier access for the kids to play in or throw rocks. No big deal for me, but the kids were a little sad.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Love this hike! It's a good distance, but easy enough for beginner hikers and kids. Only trouble is that it can be a little difficult to stay on the right trail (but as of July 2017, lots more markers to help you figure it out).

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