Silver Lake Loop Trail

EASY 200 reviews

Silver Lake Loop Trail is a 0.8 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
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

walking
14 days ago

The best part about this trail is the location. Beautiful. Cool fresh air. Busy with activity and lots of people.

18 days ago

Easy trail with beautiful scenery. Limited parking and very crowded on the boardwalk itself.

19 days ago

I like the board walks and the scenery. The lake is beautiful but so many people take photos there. There are a lot of people that walk it as well. I saw a 93 year old person there tonight, I was impressed.

hiking
24 days ago

Even though it was a cloudy day I done the Silver Lake loop and the hike to Twin Lakes. There are parts of both trails that have snow slush (last quarter of Twin Lakes) but the birds and critters were out for my enjoyment. The lake would be gorgeous on a sunny day with the reflection. But it is an easy hike along a board walk and dirt in some places. Twin Lakes lake is still frozen with snow on it. It is starting to thaw out though. On the way up I saw a Marmot and a little fat creature which I do not know its name. :)

hiking
28 days ago

THIS TRAIL IS INACCESSIBLE TO HIKERS IN THE SPRING! We tried to do Brighton lakes today (March 30, 2018) and those trails were under feet of snow, so we went to silver lake since we'd walked it many times in the summer. It was closed to any walkers. There were lots of cross country skiiers, but if anyone walking tried to go out near where the lake is covered in snow, a worker would come out and let them know it wasn't allowed. Stay down in the valley until at least June, probably July. It's marvelous in the summer, super easy (strollers and wheelchairs okay), but bring bug spray!

hiking
6 months ago

Ironically, this trail which is quite flat and a boardwalk most of the way was harder than going up in elevation to Twin Lakes today. This is because some parts of the trail were snow packed, while others slushy, while others totally un-snow-covered and others icy and slushy. But, the fun part of the trail today was seeing lots of families come out in their best clothes for destination photos and some others trying to break the ice and a few brave ones going out on the ice. The trail was full of entertainment, no doubt.

8 months ago

This isn’t a hike, unless you get off the scenic boardwalk. Although this boardwalk has very good views of the wetland!

walking
8 months ago

Not so much a hike, but more of a nice scenic walk along Silver Lake by Brighton Ski Resort. A popular spot since almost anyone can manage the trail on the Boardwalk and dirt paths. A nice place for a family if you want to cater to people who can't do much outdoors. Or if you just want to go outside for some fresh air and not hike up a trail.

PROS
Easy trail to follow and anyone can walk it. You can easily take young kids, Seniors, and strollers along the way.
Beautiful Scenery.
Picnic Tables, benches to sit on along the trail, and view areas away from the trail to take in the sights or enjoy a snack.
NEUTRAL (Pro or Con depending on your view)
Short. (Only a Mile Loop)
A chunk of the trail is uncovered and exposes you to the sun.
Can encounter some Wildlife.
CONS
Can get VERY busy. Even in the off season.
Parking can be an issue in busier times of the year.
Trail can get very slick and muddy if it has rained, snowed, or there is frost.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy loop trail with great opportunity for wildlife including moose early morning or late afternoon.

walking
9 months ago

Wonderful looped trail with the kids! Great views accompany an easy walk. Saw some moose, are some snacks; what more could we ask for?

walking
9 months ago

Easy trail and beautiful views of the lake. We saw a moose at the head of the trail. We did this in July 2017.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a beautiful boardwalk. Great for families and even strollers.

10 months ago

Easy nature walk. Paved dirt or boardwalk around entire loop. Lots of information signs around.

hiking
10 months ago

Very pretty and scenic. Easy and quick loop around the lake.

10 months ago

Great path and very easy!

I wouldn't call this a hike, but it is a nice boardwalk around the lake. We like to have picnics there. Very crowded on weekends and evenings.

hiking
10 months ago

A good and pretty hike... Just felt too short and busy for me considering the drive.

10 months ago

Great short hike for kids!

11 months ago

fun

11 months ago

went around this before doing twin lakes and solitude. saw a moose! gorgeous views on the early morning.

walking
11 months ago

Very simple, very flat, and my seven months pregnant self and two year old made it around by ourselves. Just what we were looking for. Bring bug spray, the skeeters are crazy!

hiking
11 months ago

We love this beautiful walk around Silver Lake and try to go at least once every summer. It's the perfect way to get out of the heat of the Salt Lake Valley, and even little kids can do it. We caught a nice rainbow trout last night too!

walking
11 months ago

This is an easy, family friendly hike. We love going towards the end of the day. The light at that time is absolutely gorgeous. We finally saw a moose! We always look for one but never see one.

11 months ago

very beautiful scenery really easy Boardwalk very easy-going Trail anybody can do this anytime of the day because there is a lot of shade we were lucky enough to see to Moose while up there

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful scenery, board walk is accessible, and the distance very manageable. Went on a Saturday around 4:30 PM and it was pretty busy. 6/24/2017

11 months ago

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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!

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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