Silver Mountain Mine via Silver Fork Trail

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Silver Mountain Mine via Silver Fork Trail is a 5.3 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.

Length5.3 miElevation gain1,988 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsSnowshoeingrunningWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockySnowNo shadeHistoric siteNo dogs
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Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org 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.

United States Forest Service Salt Lake Ranger District 6944 South 3000 East Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 (801) 733-2660 4:30pm Monday - Friday

Take Solitude Resort's first entrance, go to the right and through the parking lot. Follow this residential street to the end where the trailhead starts.

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Mark Lowrance
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SnowshoeingSnow

awesome trip to Davenport Hill, snowshoes the whole way, snow wasn't in great condition and not too much of it yet, low avalanche danger today so I went for it!

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Monty Ellison
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Good, beautiful.

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Anthony Kay
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Brady S
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Nice trail with some good views.

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Alex Balavich
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Running

Pretty views at the top! But the terrain is steep and sandy at points, otherwise you hike along a ravine that is quite pretty as well. There are some caves and mining equipment along the way! I connected this to Honeycomb Ridge line hike to make it a loop (6.5 miles total) when you put the directions into your map for the starting point, drive ALL the way to the starting point, you will have to go through the Solitude parking lot and down a road with cabin/houses but it will lead to a dirt road with a small area to park at the end.

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Callie L
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Amazing views well worth the terrain. If you come at the right time of year, the wildflowers are plentiful. Only saw one other hiker near the end of our hike.

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

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Eric Rosenthal
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Hiking

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.

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Erin Knudsen
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Hiking

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!

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Bubba LaFemme
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Wow.

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Karman Carlisle
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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!

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Joey Dziemianzuk
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Hiking

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

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Abbey Murnahan
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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.

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Madeline A
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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.

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Amanda Sansone
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Hiking

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

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Joel Winter
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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.

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Eric Bowden
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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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David Burgess
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David Burgess
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Pauliina Greaves
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Perry Jones
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Alicia Green
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maggie mcandrews
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Christopher Walker
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Lisa Sommer
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Jenna Craker
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