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Silver Lake Trail

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Silver Lake Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near American Fork, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,433 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Absolutely gorgeous hike that ends at a lake with cliffs on one side and a panoramic view of the valley on the other. The trail is not overly steep and is fairly well-maintained. Seasonally, there are beautiful wild flowers throughout the hike, even wild strawberries! Great hike for your dog. You walk through the river two/three times so they can get a drink. Pack some flip flops so you can get your feet wet at the lake, and if you have a dog bring a leash because it is a popular hike. Please note that this is not the Silver Lake up at Brighton. The Silver Lake up at Brighton is in a protected watershed and does not allow dogs.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked it today and was impressed by the expanded parking area and the smoothing of the gravel road. One of my favorite hikes, it never gets old. Aspens are yellow and gorgeous!

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

The road was NOT closed. FYI! Beautiful hike and definitely worth it. I’d consider it an easy moderate, had some difficulty at points and smooth sailing at others but definitely a gradual incline. Views were gorgeous! I ran 3 miles this morning and then hiked and was just the right amount of energy burn so it’s absolutely a great workout plus amazing views. Everyone seemed to have really friendly dogs too.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing.

hiking
17 days ago

great and challenging hike! took us 3 hrs to get to the lake but we stopped a lot to take in the beauty of it. physically demanding both ways. lake was gorgeous. if you can do it, go. well woth it.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

The road is now open. A beautiful hike. Heard an elk bugling. There was great shade in the beginning. After the 2nd creek it was all sun. It was all uphill which made it a little harder for me but I'm not an avid hiker. The lake was beautiful. Another hiker said just over the next ridge is another lake. I was short on time and couldn't go.

hiking
bugs
closed
rocky
28 days ago

You have to park a little off but don’t be scared of the road closed sign

hiking
rocky
29 days ago

This was deffinitely tough but doable! You get forest, rocks, cliffs, rivers, a waterfall, and a lake! It goes uphill the last half pretty steep. The lake is gorgeous and cold, with so many pretty views. My dog and us all loved it!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
29 days ago

1hr5mins to Lake

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was gorgeous today. A couple of campers at the top for early morning fishing. It would’ve been shorter time but our dogs love to stop and smell everything. Plenty of friendly dogs on the trail. No issues with them off leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and worth the climb for the view at the top!! ** Make sure to take a right turn at the second river crossing ... left is a sketchy scramble up an avalanche of scree!! **

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

We started around 11 am and it was hot. Direct sun the whole way. Two Thankful creek crossings for the dogs. Dirt, rocky, views, gorgeous deep lake to take a nice swim. On the return the sun had warmed up the sand on the trail and our dogs couldn't handle the hit sand. So we had to run them through the sun spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Highly recommend this hike. MUST KNOW: 1. rocky dirt road on the way to the trail head. 2. Bring a bathing suit and hang out a bit up top 3. Wear hiking shoes 4. There is a lot of direct sun (hat) 5. Please go! It’s a wonderful hike and view

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Beautiful!!!! Well worth the effort, but be careful you can easily get lost on this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with a beautiful lake at the end.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Great Lake at the end. Went in the morning and there was not a lot of shade and it was very hot. Got lost at the stream and took a trail that went straight up the sliding rocks. Make sure you turn right at the stream because a few others did the same and it was slippery.

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