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Silver Lake Loop Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mounthaven, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Please note that trail is closed to walkers during snowy conditions. The trail remains open for cross-county skiers during winter months. Accessibility: This trail is paved (mostly boardwalk), typically at least three feet wide, and mostly flat with a maximum grade of 6% occurring at about 0.5 miles when traveling along the southern route. If this section is too steep, the southern portion of the trail can be used as an out-and-back route instead of doing the full loop.

Park at the Silver Lake Center (small lot) or across the small one-way road at the Brighton gift shop. Guides are often on duty, and there are bathrooms in the center. NOTE: This is a watershed area, so you must use designated facilities and there are no pets, or wading allowed.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

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.

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Adrienne Dixon
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HikingGreat!

The colors are still beautiful. There were more people today though, but most were wearing masks.

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Israel Rodriguez-Hernandez
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Easy hike, most of the way is paved and it’s pretty chilly in the morning

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Darren Lofthouse
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Sonya Lybarger
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laura mae
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Great walk. saw a moose

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Lindsay Smith
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Only three stars because the entire way out I was behind two dozen tweens and you could hear them for about 30 mi.². I also got super lost— there are several off-shoots that are not marked well and I went the wrong way several times. Finally, don’t bother going around Silver Lake on your way back. I literally passed a wedding, two maternity photo shoots, and an engagement shot and even though otherwise it would be so pretty it’s not even enjoyable cutting through so much.

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Adrienne Dixon
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The colors are beautiful right now and the temperature is perfect. We went around 1 pm on a Thursday and there was hardly anyone there. My 2 year old and 4 year old did the entire trail easily.

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Bianka M Silva
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Beautiful easy and family friendly.

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Annette Sprankle
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Fantastic!!! Great view! Decent climb to the top. Saw a bull moose, pika, and a deer! Will definitely do again.

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Darren Lofthouse
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CHRISTINE WILSON
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A few downed trees from a windstorm that the trail crew cut, frost damage and lack of rain may limit golden aspens, no dear or moose.

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Shelley Cornfeld
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Allison Louise
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So beautiful and worth the effort!

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Sue Cardot
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Easy trail to navigate but very crowded.

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Stephen Featherstone
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Great simple hike with kids. Great for all levels, not too steep, nice leisurely walk. If you want to add a bit more difficulty, use this hike to get to the Twin Lakes Reservoir above Brighton.

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Steve Hurd
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Tyler Howe
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Beautiful evening. Lots of people, but that’s normal. Not a lot bugs, and that’s not normal.

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Trent Carlisle
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The wildflowers are gone now, but the leaves have not yet started to change colors.

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Daniel Edmisten
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Good for kids

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Josh Gardner
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Nice stroll around the boardwalk. Plenty busy.

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Ammara Rashid
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Trinity Torres
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Very easy and family friendly trail. It’s basically a boardwalk that you walk around the lake in. I even saw a moose which was really cool.

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Megan Hansen
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Good trail. Decent for wheelchairs. A few spots where pushing a 150 lb boy make you work but it’s not too steep not too long. Busy busy but we were able to find a few spots that you might be able to sit and enjoy nature. Nice mini hike.

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steve powers
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Thomas Olding
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It was totally AWESOME! I saw a deer at the very end. He was moving to fast for me to photograph.

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Heidi Brady
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Great leisurely walk for little kids. Wildlife, flowers, cooler temps than in the valley. Take your time and enjoy!

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Erik McEwen
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful path around Silver Lake. There were a lot of people here but we didn’t mind. We are lucky to live in a beautiful place like this. It was hotter than prositiute’s door knob during the gold rush in the valley however, up here it is a shady and pleasant 80. Aaahhhh. Quite a few people but well worth the Sunday evening drive. Walk on.

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Cross Townsend
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Silver is a gorgeous lake! Nice little hike for kids and fun interpretive signs.

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Ellie F
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Great for all ages and ability levels. The mosquitos are in full bloom but there are beautiful views and shade!

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