Lake Solitude Trail

EASY 153 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.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
6 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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

good easy hike

hiking
6 months ago

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

7 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
7 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.

7 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Went on a dope hike to a lake yo!

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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).

hiking
9 months ago

Trail still has a little bit of run-off but is mostly dry. It was so beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

We did this along with the Twin Lakes Trail, which made for a good full morning of hiking. This one was pretty easy but really enjoyable. Definitely plan on doing this one again in the future.

hiking
9 months ago

this is the first i have hiked this trail this season. It is one of my favorites for wildlife encounters. There are a few patches of snow on the trail and a massive fallen tree across the new trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hiking...but just follow the marked trails! We tried to follow using the AllTrails app gps, and getting t totally lost. Added about 0.5 miles straight uphill. Nevertheless, it was a spectacular hike: the lake was serene, and we saw a deer and moose!

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy and family friendly hike. There were a few patches of snow on the trail and a little tricky to cross but overall not too bad.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail gets a little confusing when it crosses paths with another trail. Just follow the pink flags and you'll get to the lake.

10 months ago

Great hike - still snowy but we made it to the lake. Even saw a porcupine! And a few deer. Good for kids.

10 months ago

Beautiful day but still a lot of snow on the trail. As a result we lost the trail several times (not marked at all after trailhead) and ultimately turned back without reaching the lake. I'll definitely try again, I've hiked it before and it's a relatively easy hike with great potential for moose sightings.

hiking
10 months ago

Lost trail due to heavy snow in spots. Will try again later this year.

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

This hike is actually very cozy and peaceful with its tall grasses and white pines. i felt right at home on this trail. and although the lake might be small it is still ideal for moose! this hike was the first time that i have ever seen a moose :D i was very exited and thrilled to sit and watch this moose drink and play in the lake. we also saw a dear as well as the normal squares and chipmunks. ​

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is a very easy hike. The trail is pretty much flat the whole way. The last tiny bit is steep but once you get to the top of that you'll see the lake. It's a pretty small lake but it's beautiful. Be careful if you go through the brush to the shore. When I was there there were two large moose laying on the shore.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I did this hike in August around 5:30pm. It is such a gorgeous and peaceful hike!! Once we got to the lake, we had wine & a sandwich as we watched the sun set all the way behind the mountains. By that time, the trail was completely empty, which was nice. I'll do this hike over and over again. Very easy, but still a good work out.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nice hike! Not too many people around and it was pretty peaceful. Aside from the ski lifts and a few other man-made things, it's a beautiful hike.

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