Silver Glance Lake

MODERATE 43 reviews
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Silver Glance Lake is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near American Fork, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,395 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

From I-15, take Alpine Exit 284. you will be traveling east on Highway 92 for approximately 7 miles to the mouth of American Fork Canyon. This is a Recreation Fee Area and you will pay your fee at the booth. Continue driving on the Alpine Loop to the North Fork of American Fork Canyon. Turn left onto North Fork (Highway 144) which will lead you to Tibble Fork Reservoir

backpacking
14 days ago

Came backpacking to Silver Lake last summer with a group a friends and had a blast so I thought I'd return. This time I was solo and wanted to escape the crowds at Silver Lake. Best decision I could have made consider I was spending the night up there. Started from Silver Flats at 6:30 and got to Silver Lake at 7:30. Passed a few big groups planning to stay the night at Silver Lake, and there were already several groups setting up camp at Silver Lake. Went the additional 0.7mi up to Silver Glance Lake. Bit difficult with an overnight backpack, but got up in 30min. Only two other guys were already there, and one other group came later, so very few people stayed the night. Very cool at night, but very peaceful and great views. Hiked down Saturday morning at 8am and was back to the car by 9:30am. Lots of groups going up to fish on the weekend. Overall, short hike (bit steep at parts but very doable) for a great destination. Still one of favorite places to backpack.

hiking
20 days ago

Great views on the way up and down from the lake including Silver lake and Mt. Timp. The lake is smaller but a great way to escape the crowds at Silver lake below. There was no one there in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday with beautiful weather. It’s the end of June and there are plenty of wildflowers. Trail is more difficult to locate at the beginning and very steep with loose rock at times in particular coming down. Trekking poles would help even though I didn’t take mine. My 7 year old son hiked it with me and really enjoyed it.

1 month ago

spectacular! hike gets really steep after Silver Lake, though.

hiking
1 month ago

Long drive up the canyon to get to the trailhead. It was a Saturday when we went so it was really busy, with limited parking. Last mile or so is dirt road to the trailhead, so be prepared for that. Once on the trail, it is gorgeous! The trail is wide enough in most places to walk side by side. Some parts are somewhat steep and I saw a lot of tired hikers taking breaks along the way. The view along most of the hike is breathtaking; You can see the lake below and most of the way down the canyon. There’s a small waterfall near the top, and the end of the trail is a crystal clear lake. Very cold water. Lots of little fish breaking the surface of the water constantly. Beautiful blue, ever-so-clear water. No muddy trail, no snow, and not too many people. It’s a wonderful and highly recommended hike this time of year.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with my 2 kiddos. It was gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

No more snow to speak of at Silver Glance Lake. Silver Lake was very busy on a Saturday morning, but there was nobody at Silver Glance. The last 0.7 miles are steep and the trail isn't very defined but it's well worth the effort.
Go during the week or get up early on a weekend.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike today. Absolutely worth it to escape the popular crowd down at Silver Lake and get into some solitude up at Silver Glance. Trail isn't hard to find. There are probably 5-6 different trails that you can find. Basically, keep near the stream and you'll find the lake. Lake is still 80% frozen over. I got up around 10 AM and could walk right on top of the snow without sinking at all as the afternoon sun had not hit it yet. Gorgeous views of the Little Cottonwood Ridge, and [southward] the view of American Fork Canyon and Timpanogos.

hiking
1 month ago

Did a day hike up to Silver Glance while camping at Silver Lake. The trail up over the ridge is a little hard to follow, but really pretty with all of the little streams and waterfalls coming down. Once you hit the top of the ridge, you hike through snow fields for another half mile or so to the lake. If you go soon, bring good boots and be prepared for snow. We didn’t sink in farther than 5-6 inches, but it could be cold and wet in tennis shoes. The lake itself is quite small and is still frozen as of Memorial Day, so it wasn’t much to see. That being said, as you hike up, the view looking back down on Silver Lake, Timpanogos, and the valley is pretty unreal. Overall it was a solid hike! We only saw one other person going up there, so it’s definitely away from the crowds at Silver Lake.

9 months ago

The trail from Silver Lake to Silver Glance is a little hard to follow, and it’s pretty steep, but worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Didn’t make it all the way to Silver Glance Lake as it was snowing & with the steepness, I opted to turn around after I had a nice view of Silver Lake below.

hiking
11 months ago

My wife and I took the dog up this morning to get up to Silver Glance Lake. We got to the trailhead around 8AM and it was still a bit chilly at the start. Once we got up to Silver Lake we were warmed up. The trail starts out very easy and then gains elevation with some switchbacks up to Silver Lake. Lots of people fishing. Hiking to Silver Glance Lake is much more difficult due to steepness, but it's relatively short in length. Got caught in some afternoon rain so maybe bring a rain jacket if you'll be up in the afternoon. A moose was spotted down closer to Silver Lake so keep your dog on the leash!

11 months ago

Such a great hike. Really secluded and beautiful at the top. The views on the way up are incredible. Relatively steep for some parts but well worth the hike.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful hike with tons of wildflowers. Hiked to the top lake which ended up being 7 miles round trip. The views are best just above the first lake at mile 3. The top lake was neat but better views overlooking the lake below.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Awesome hike. Starting from Silver Lake it's a little steep at first but it gets easier towards the second half. Great views all along the trail. Lots of people on the trail until you get pass Silver Lake and then no crowds.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

1 hr to silver lake and another hour up to Silver Glance. From Silver lake it's intense up and down. Glad to say I have been there and the reason I'd do it again are for the views of Silver Lake.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Great trail. Snow is almost gone near the lake. Some open water so it won't be long before it's ice free. Beautiful cirque. Only downside is that we were not the only ones enjoying the hike. Counted over 120 people on the trail between 6:40 and 10:30am

Sunday, June 18, 2017

fun hike lots of snow still and the lake is mostly frozen

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Lots of snow, just starting to melt. Way too many people go to Silver Lake these days. At least by continuing on you rid of the masses.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fair warning, USFS advises road access to the trail head will not open until "The 2nd week of June, or so."

The road is closed as part of the reservoir and camp site repairs on the section of road you have to drive through to access Silver Lake. Your alternative is to hike an additional 4 miles or so to reach the trail head from the reservoir parking area.

If you're uncertain, phone first.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd510343.pdf
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd515313.pdf

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