Sunset Peak via Brighton Lakes Trail

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Sunset Peak via Brighton Lakes Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October.

Length5.8 miElevation gain1975 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingrunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo 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

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Natalee Spotswood
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Beautiful, steep hike. The views at the top are amazing. I did this one October morning and it hailed and snowed, it was a bit of a sufferfest, but would do again!

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Theresa Beam
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Tyrell Oberle
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About 6 inches to a foot of snow from Lake Mary on. slippery at times. but the view is overall worth it.

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GiGi Ross
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Awesome hike! Crowded until the first lake, then it thins out. There are some serious inclines, but views are incredible throughout and making it up to the peak is well worth it.

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Jade Apolonio
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James Woo
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Great hike. Good mix of steep and flat parts. Beautiful views the whole way

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Ali Barton
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Jeremy Searle
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Awesome trail. I hiked up passed Catherine Lake to Sunset Peak and then hit Wolverine and Patsy Marley on the way down to Twin Lakes and Silver Lake. Great views pretty much the whole time.

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Randy Nate
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Heather Strong
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I love this hike. It is very crowded on the weekends, but it is what it is. Once you get up the Catherine Pass portion, there are endless places to go! Trails everywhere; amazing views. We did see some kids at the top but I would not say this is kid-friendly. We left ours at home.

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Grace Heymsfield
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First lake- spectacular. Second lake- underwhelming. Third lake view from top- beautiful. Zero moose. One porcupine. Bring sweater

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Dylan .
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Spectacular views of all three Lakes from the Summit. You can also see Devils Castle off in the Distance among others. Really liked this hike. It was a good distance and not very steep yet still uphill. Saw a moderate amount of people but trail is wide enough to distance. All in all super cool, with many options.

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Kylian User
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9.7.20 - the lakes were very clear and gorgeous to see. not sure what level they are normally at as this is the first time seeing them. we started our hike at 815am, had at least 50 people a head of us on the hike before that either we passed or came down past us. on our way down we passed 250-300 more people which was around 11am. take that what you will.

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Natasha Roth
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Martin Gazza
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Miguel Burger-Calderon
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Great hike and view at the top!

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Eilish Matteson
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Mary Xaochay
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Went early, it wasn’t very crowded but there were people. It was a good day for a hike with a soft cold rain sneaking in at peak time. It’s lower in the moderate side up to the Lake Catherine. But from there to Catherine Pass, Sunset Trail and the peak, there were fair momenta of decent incline. The lakes have drained a but from my last visit a month ago, but it was still a nice hike. I like going around Lake Catherine so my recording was off trail for a bit. This is one of my favorites.

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Ingoba Ningthoujam
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Nice view of all three lakes. Saw two bull moose halfway to lake Mary from trailhead

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John Bair
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Started bright and early this morning. Within minutes we ran across a bull moose, a mother moose and her baby. We also saw a porcupine, badger, deer, and lots of fish jumping at Lake Catherine. This hike was full of beautiful views, especially at the top of Sunset Peak. A great end to our summer hiking!

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Heather Farley
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Tamara Hass
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Started up at 740 and got to the top at 852am. Down by 1020am after spending time on the time and giving folks who were coming up the right of way. In good shape. Went on Friday morning. Tons of folks. Counted about 50 groups! Not many at all had masks on. The peak and hike were nice but honestly way too many people for my covid comfort level.

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Michael Drileck
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Got to the trail head around 8am and spent until 3pm exploring all the different trails. The Sunset Peak had great views but note there is not a lot of space at the top. We saw moose and deer and after the lakes the trail was not very crowded.

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Molly Arwood
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Loved this hike! Did this today and saw gorgeous wild flowers and views the entire time. It was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday evening, but even so, I’d highly recommend this hike. My friend recorded the hike from the parking lot to the top of the peak (and back). she recorded 7.2miles with 2hrs and 42min total time.

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Amariah Diamse
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If you don’t like heights, maybe don’t go to the top of the peak lol. There were 4 moose at The 2nd lake

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Caleb Wakefield
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Well I can't say this was my favorite hike ever, but I will say it's my favorite hike outside of SLC (08/01/20) out of two hikes! Haha So I ended up hiking all the way to Sunset Peak as I had no clue as to which lake was Lake Catherine (not clearly marked), but I'm so glad I continued to the top. Needed up at the top of the peak at 10,590ft of elevation, so I believe the elevation gain is pretty nice up. • It was crowded around 11:00am, but if you get there around 7:00-8:00am then you'll beat most of the crowds. • There's shade in the middle of the hike, but at the beginning and end (up to Sunset Peak) there isn't much. • Wildlife is everywhere. I did end up seeing moose at one of the lakes. Pretty cool. • Do bring water and make sure you're drinking going up. I am a professional athlete and I went through a lot of water (need to stay hydrated so the body functions extremely well). • Great hike nonetheless! Just do it!

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Li Wang
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Beautiful wild flowers on the way. Saw a deer.

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Olya Lukash
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One of my favorite trails! Beautiful views and flowers all the way!

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Kelsey Ferguson
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So...worst part...right at the beginning from the parking lot haha. That is a WARM UP! After that, getting to the peak wasn’t too bad! Took me about 3 hours total, went solo and didn’t feel unsafe at all. Great trail. Will do again!

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Kamryn Rossberg
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Left around 6:45pm in the evening and made it to the top in plenty of time for the sunset. The wildflowers are in bloom and there was surprisingly not very many crowds for being Pioneer Day. We finished around 10 and needed headlamps for the last mile or so. A beautiful hike!

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