Silver Lake Loop Trail

EASY 132 reviews

Silver Lake Loop Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 14.2 miles up the canyon to the Silver Lake Visitor's Center parking area across from the Brighton Store on the west side of the road. Trail begins behind the Visitor's Center (boarded walkway). Access #2: Same as above but follow the road around the circle to Majestic Lodge. Trailhead begins behind the lodge. Follow directions to Twin Lakes Reservoir and Silver Lake.

13 hours ago

usually busy, but a good time. moose frequent this spot

hiking
1 day ago

4 days ago

7 days ago

This trail is easy and short with a lot of people. The view is beautiful!

hiking
9 days ago

We love to take a drive up the canyon and do the Silver Lake loop trail. It's super easy and kid-friendly.

walking
13 days ago

22 days ago

Easy walking path most of the summer. went May 31 and there was still quite a bit of snow covering the boardwalk so dont wear sandals.
temperature was perfect! gorgeous photos!

hiking
22 days ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

This whole area is still snow covered... But, still beautiful views of you don't mind slogging through deep snow. I'll have to come back later this summer

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Silver Lake is located in big cottonwood canyon and is visited by many people. . The boardwalk is amazing, giving you the opportunity to walk all the way around the lake. The water is like a mirror that reflects a beautiful mountain range! be prepared for fishers, groups of tourists, families with strollers and photographers! and it is never a bad idea to through on some bug spray before heading up! this slow moving shallow body of water is perfect for little winged creatures.

7 months ago

I wouldn't call the a hike. More of a nice stroll but very pretty. Was fun to let the 1 1/2 year old walk along the boardwalk. Very busy area. No dogs.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked the Silver Lake Loop Trail yesterday afternoon (11/13/2016), the drive to get there was lovely. Once we got there we realized we weren't dressed for the cold weather, but that didn't stop us. We did the loop rather quickly, once we did that we found a second trail that took you up towards the top of the mountain. My mom who is 58 years old was able to do both the walk around the lake and the more difficult hike. She wasn't able to go all the way up because there was some ice on the path and I was afraid she would fall. My daughter and I made it to the top with no problems. Beautiful scenery. Beautiful views. We saw 2 dogs even though it clearly states that dogs are not allowed. I def recommend this hike to all. It was lovely and we will def go up there again.

7 months ago

Early November about an hour before sunrise - lake is partially frozen, leaves have fallen, but the lake is a gorgeous contrast with the surrounding pines and snowcapped mountains.

I did this loop with my mom and younger brother and it was lovely. Even though there were a lot of other people around the lake, the trail didn't feel crowded at all.

Very easy little trail, well worth the drive up the canyon for the views.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail around Silverlake is boardwalked all the way around and is a very easy trail. I went when it was raining and it smelled like pinetrees and soil. It was awesome! Great trail for kids. If you want to make things a little more challenging, take the spur trail that goes up to Twin Lakes. The Twin Lakes Trail is rocky and slippery when it's wet, but the views of the lake by the dam are spectacular.

hiking
8 months ago

Really easy but awesome place

hiking
8 months ago

This is an easy walk around a nice lake, though it can be pretty crowded. Saw some wildlife once we got away from the larger groups on the boardwalk. The 1.5yo in our group loved watching the ducks. For the adults, better to continue to Twin Lakes for a nicer hike experience, or at least to head along the Twin Lakes trail until you come out of the trees for a magnificent view of Silver Lake from above.

walking
8 months ago

We did the loop last weekend with the family. It was busy but we had fun. It was more of a walk than a hike. Short and sweet. The lake was beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago