Mount Wolverine via Brighton Lakes Trail

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Mount Wolverine via Brighton Lakes Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,076 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Two peaks above Mt. Millicent on the adjacent ridge to Sunset Peak, both easily climbed and with excellent views of the Wasatch. Use the same trail head as the Brighton Lakes, once you reach Catherine's Pass, head right up the ridge for Tuscarora and Wolverine, instead of left to Sunset Pass and Peak. Once you leave the pass, this hike is no longer necessarily family friendly for younger kids, nor much fun for those who aren't in fair to good hiking condition.

This was a backcountry ski excursion. Don’t follow our tracks for hiking. That being said it is gorgeous country. And great skiing.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, great views. There’s snow, ice and mud right now though so plan accordingly.

Did this is a loop coming down by Twin Lakes. Really enjoyed the trail up and across the ridge line, bit as it comes closer to twin Lakes The trails is a gravel road. I would have much rather run on the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy hike actually, I would rate it as moderate.

hiking
5 months ago

We started in Brighton to Catherine's Pass. Great climb up to Tuscarora and then over to Wolverine! Made it a nice loop by following the ridge to Patsy Marley and then connecting to the Twin Lakes trail. Great ridge hike with awesome views the whole way. We clocked it at around 7 miles and 2200 feet in elevation gain.

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5 months ago

I clocked 6.86 miles and 2037 vertical. It took just under 4 hours with plenty of breaks and some time at the top.

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5 months ago

Awesome hike ! I honestly underestimated it a bit. Awesome views!

Moderate hike with a lot of mosquitoes!

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely hike and really could be classified as a more moderate hike. There is some very light scrambling... I’d say some minor Class 2 spots. But the end view of both Albion Basin and Brighton is spectacular! As of July 14, 2019... there are still a few patches of snow to walk across. Be careful, but they are still doable!

Sun Jul 29 2018

Took the Catherine Pass trail up to Sunset Peak, then swung down and came up this trail from the Pass. It's a great way to bag 3 peaks in one morning, and you get some of the prettiest views around!

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Sun Jul 29 2018

17500 steps. high traffic until you get to the spur leading to mt wolverine. ez pz until you get to that trail. it is hard to follow for a first timer and had to keep consulting the map. its steep at parts. lots of jagged rocks to climb over. the view is spectacular looking over little cottonwood canyon alta, brighton, solitude, guardsmans pass etc. I wouldnt do it again. I prefer trails with lots of tree canopy and this just doesnt have it.

Thu Jul 26 2018

Climbed from lake solitude to twin lakes pass and up wolverine cirque. Great views from the top into LCC and Brighton. The climb up wolverine cirque is not for people who are scared of heights.

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Mon Jul 23 2018

Love hiking to the 3 ladies, I mean lakes. Decided to bag a peak this time - Mount Wolverine. Some scrambling over rocks but worth it - spectacular view!

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Sat Jul 07 2018

Amazing views. After Catherine’s pass, the crowd definitely thinned out. I went almost an hour without seeing anyone. The trail also gets a little confusing in a few places after that, but it’s there. I had to really look for it a couple times. A little bit of scrambling up rocks... or a lot. Lol. It was a great workout, too. The whole hike was absolutely gorgeous. I also love that it starts at Brighton where you don’t have to worry about finding a place to park! The total round trip took me four and a half hours.

Mon Oct 30 2017

Great hike. A little strenuous on the Ridgeline decent above Twin Lake. Snow is scattered in north exposure, up to knees in some area.

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Sun Sep 17 2017

It's rated hard for a reason but it's worth it!

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Mon Sep 11 2017

We started at Silver Lake, up to Twin Lakes. Patsy Marley, Wolverine, Tuscarora, and Sunset. Made it a loop and came down Brighton Lakes. We were going to do Millicent from Wolverine but we hiked down a ways and decided we didn't want to go that far off the trail. Next time! It was a fun hike, nothing technical but there is some rocks you can climb if you have to release your inner child. :)

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Sun Jul 16 2017

Hike to Lake Catherine and the saddle above it is fairly easy, but you're doing some light scrambling on a sometimes barely-there trail for the first part up to the peak. Gorgeous views of both Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons and good shots of all the Brighton Lakes.

Sat Jul 01 2017

Awesome trail! Did most of it, but too sketchy to go to the peaks. Was able to go to Sunset Peak instead. Lovely views from up there too! Still lots of snow, but would recommend! 5 stars, just didn't make it to the correct peak!

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Sat Oct 29 2016

Good trail to Catherine Pass. Easy to follow rocky path to the peaks. great views almost the entire route. Saw many deer the first three hours of daylight and had the trail mostly to ourselves until we got back to the trailhead

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Thu Sep 08 2016

This was a great hike that lets you see a lot of the area including lakes and peaks.

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Fri Aug 19 2016

It's a great trail, but if you want to snag another peak while you're at it go to Mt. Millicent first. Hike up the access road that takes to you to Twin Lakes. Continue on the road past the lakes to the top of the ski lift. The boulder scrambling is easy and summiting Millicent provides a great view of the Brighton area. Continue down Millicent on the SW side and follow the ridgeline up to Wolverine. The. head SE from Wolverine and visit Tusc. From there head towards the Brighton Lakes area and use the Lake Mary trail to get back to the Brighton Parking area.

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Sat Jul 09 2016

I tried to approach this by hiking up to Twin Lakes and then going up via Mount Millicent and doing this route the opposite way as a loop. My hiking partner took one look at the steep boulder field going up to the top of Millicent and would not continue the hike. If you are comfortable scrambling up steep terrain and would like to make this into a loop I would go up via Millicent and descend via Catherine Pass. Going down Millicent would be even more unpleasant that going up.

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Tue Sep 15 2015

We were wandering around the top of Catherine's Pass and ran into a ranger who recommended following the ridgeline back down to Alta. It was a long hike but worth every second of it! You will need to be prepared for it! We spent some time scrambling and just enjoying the fall colors and being able to see both Cottonwoods. I definitely recommend starting in Little Cottonwood and making a loop. There's a boulder field you will have to scramble down to get back to the trail. We saw lots of deer once we made it to the forest. If you stay to the east side and follow the creek bed down you end up just below the Alta Memorial Grave. If you follow the trail on the west side you'll end up at the base of Alta.

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Tue Sep 30 2014

Alta Basin hikes are always beautiful. We approached this one from the summer road in LCC and could hear the music coming up from Oktoberfest on the top of Mt. Wolverine. Will visit the area again to send it up Sunset Peak and Pioneer Peak.

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Thu Jun 26 2014

While this can easily be done in the same day along with Sunset Peak, I feel it deserves a spot of its own as I wouldn't suggest this for younger family members or those who hike infrequently. If you think the views at Sunset Peak are amazing, they are even more spectacular from Mt. Wolverine imho. No scrambling required, but snow skills are suggested for early spring and even into the first days of summer on good snow pack years. This is an easy jaunt to knock off two 10k+ peaks in one afternoon for sure! Fun hike!

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