Silver Mountain Mine via Silver Fork Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Silver Mountain Mine via Silver Fork Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,778 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

running

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no shade

historic site

no dogs

Trail leads up near the abandoned Prince of Wales Mine and along the pass just east of Davenport Hill. Please be mindful of residents as trail begins on a residential road.

already a lot of snow and without snowshoe it is hard. but beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome, wonderful fall hike. A dusting of snow here and there, but no problems with the trail. Aspens are beautiful. Views from the ridge are I think the best I have seen in the Cottonwood Canyons. Looking down into BCC on one side and LCC on the other. It does start off very mellow and then get arduously steep. I did the track shown here, but don't think I this got me to the actual mine. There were some mine relics, and a cave-like opening along the way, but I think you have to take the loop near the top to get to the main site. I'm really not sure where that loop hooks up lower down, but the recordings posted by some other folks show the route. I could see a big metal cylinder in the distance after scrambling up the steep part to the ridge. That is apparently the Prince of Wales mine site, and would have been reachable with a short stroll on the trail to the left. I went maybe 0.3 miles on a trail to the right up to Davenport Hill. Beautiful! I saw what I think was a coyote running away from me.

The first half is easy/moderate. The second half is steep. The trail has sections that aren’t well marked, but following the trail on the app is super helpful...HOWEVER, the zig zagging line noted at the end on this trail doesn’t actually lead to the mine. The mining equipment and mine entrance is just after the fork in the road where this trail shoots off to the right. If you go up the zig zags, it’s steep and you’ll end up on the ridge line which is stunning - I highly recommend it. You could take the trail west to get to Davenport Hill. The whole thing was gorgeous and smelled amazing. Enjoy it!

hiking
2 months ago

Wow.

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

This hike was SO FUN! We had a blast exploring the mines and enjoying the beauty of the area! The trail was extremely steep, rugged, and at times not well marked, however I will totally do this hike again!

hiking
4 months ago

Trailhead was impossible to find with the AllTrails map. Use the ‘Get Directions’ button and open in Apple maps. You have to take Solitude resort’s first entrance, go to the right through the parking lot and end up following a residential street to the very end where the trailhead is. Otherwise the trail itself is decent. Lots of good flower smells and good views. The stream is still running but getting pretty weak.

nice hike through wildflowers, never found the caves. gets pretty steep towards the end

off trail
scramble
snow
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery. But there is still so much snow that it's impassable without poles and spikes. I made it within a mile of the mine and had to turn around. Because of all the snow there was no clear path and I went the wrong way and had to backtrack many times.

snowshoeing
11 months ago

Great fun today. Had the trail to ourselves. Light snow and 9-12 inches power at the upper end about where all of the previous hikers turned around. ATTN: There was some confusion between This trail, Mineral Fork Trail where the real Silver Mountain Mine is located (West of Kessler Peak) and Day's Fork trail. AllTrails staff moved the incorrect recordings to the proper trails but some of the reviews are for the other trails. Prince of Wales Mine is the major mine in the upper drainage

hiking
Wed Sep 05 2018

Well, that was a mistake. First part of the trail was fine; well traveled, a bit rocky in places, but otherwise a normal trail for the area. Once you branch off to go towards the mine area, you quickly find that the trail is not much more than an overgrown unmaintained deer path all the way to the end. We never did see the mine at the end of the trail and all we took away were frustrations and cut up legs. Bring a machete and wear long pants if you are going to do this hike.

hiking
Sun Sep 02 2018

Well missed the turn off to go towards the mines so we ended up just hiking up the Mineral Fork Trail. Trail is pretty rocky for alot of it with a few springs throughout the trail. When we came back down ran into a moose and then found the trail to go to the mines. The "trail" was in the middle long grass and the trees. Take markers because the little distance we walked we almost got lost coming back. You will need the keep the map out to find the trail or you will miss it and continue walking up Mineral Fork Trail

Sun Sep 02 2018

clearly, my experience was different. after the split, the trail was full of underbrush that was very thick at times. near the mine, i couldnt find a viable route to tje mine. i periodically checked the all trails map and it showed that i was on the trail but clearly thete wasnt a trail. i was very disappointed.

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2018

This is an awesome trail up Big Cottonwood Canyon! Multiple waterfalls, great scenery! Lake Blanche was completely packed, this trailhead had maybe 5 cars parked there. The waterfalls along this trail were great, many smaller cascades compared to the more monolithic, traditional waterfalls. The trail has water running down it in places, but nothing impassable. Also, the Wasatch Mine, which is further south along the main trail, is the source of some of the water (initially we thought one of the ruins above the tailings pile was the mine, turns out the mine entrance is screened by some trees). Just follow the water from the tailings pile to get to the mine entrance.

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