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Nice secluded, shady trail. Gorgeous views at the beginning, but trees obstruct the rest of the hike. Went mid-morning, was pretty sure I was going to be the only mammal on the trail until I was nearly back to the trailhead when a doe and I startled each other. Unfortunately she darted back into the trees before I could get a picture. Most of the evelvation change is at the last 1/4 of the trail. Being June, it was no surprise to find Silver Creek dried up.
Once you turn off of 010 onto 008, it's a dirt/gravel road from there. My Nissan Altima made it ok but parts of the road have severe dips and large rocks, proceed with caution.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this hike with my 2 kiddos. It was gorgeous!

No more snow to speak of at Silver Glance Lake. Silver Lake was very busy on a Saturday morning, but there was nobody at Silver Glance. The last 0.7 miles are steep and the trail isn't very defined but it's well worth the effort.
Go during the week or get up early on a weekend.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this hike today. Absolutely worth it to escape the popular crowd down at Silver Lake and get into some solitude up at Silver Glance. Trail isn't hard to find. There are probably 5-6 different trails that you can find. Basically, keep near the stream and you'll find the lake. Lake is still 80% frozen over. I got up around 10 AM and could walk right on top of the snow without sinking at all as the afternoon sun had not hit it yet. Gorgeous views of the Little Cottonwood Ridge, and [southward] the view of American Fork Canyon and Timpanogos.

hiking
19 days ago

Did a day hike up to Silver Glance while camping at Silver Lake. The trail up over the ridge is a little hard to follow, but really pretty with all of the little streams and waterfalls coming down. Once you hit the top of the ridge, you hike through snow fields for another half mile or so to the lake. If you go soon, bring good boots and be prepared for snow. We didn’t sink in farther than 5-6 inches, but it could be cold and wet in tennis shoes. The lake itself is quite small and is still frozen as of Memorial Day, so it wasn’t much to see. That being said, as you hike up, the view looking back down on Silver Lake, Timpanogos, and the valley is pretty unreal. Overall it was a solid hike! We only saw one other person going up there, so it’s definitely away from the crowds at Silver Lake.

Goal setting out was the complete loop. Made it to the saddle 2 3/4 miles from trail head. My daughter 15 and companion fantastic 45 yr had some issues the last mile. The grade gets and continues to be steep and rocky. I had heavier ankle high hiking boots and they had low ankle approach type shoes, wear heavier boots suggested do to rocks and uneven terrain. 3 liters water and liter of Gatorade type used each of us. Also had protein type bars and string cheese. Exposure sunny and some Sade with a breeze on and off. Sun and altitude be sure to wear sunscreen. Little snow at the white rock slide near the top but no problem. Earlier start would have been best. Left around 245 and returned 8. Be sure to drive up into the camp ground to the actual trail head and park and hard to read map posted. Trail is strenuous and rocky as described and was easily to stay on, nice waterfall about half way. Enjoy! Would like to get to the top of Box Elder peak and finish the loop.

The trail from Silver Lake to Silver Glance is a little hard to follow, and it’s pretty steep, but worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Didn’t make it all the way to Silver Glance Lake as it was snowing & with the steepness, I opted to turn around after I had a nice view of Silver Lake below.

hiking
9 months ago

I enjoyed the hike. I actually did a circle. So far, none of these AllTrails hike show it this way. Started near the Granite Flats campground entrance. Hiked on Trail 43 to Trail 188. About a mile or so, there is an unmarked trail to the Box Elder Peak Summit. I have a GPX to share, if needed. Then hiked back to trail 188 and turned right. Followed that to Trail 44 back to the Granite Flats campground. Most of Trail 188 beyond the Box Elder Peak turnoff is very much overgrown, but not hard to stay on the trail. I loved it, because I was alone most of the day. Here is a Strava Link, if it helps. https://www.strava.com/activities/1168712457

hiked this for a couple miles this morning. fall colors are definitely coming out. love how quiet this trail is and the gorgeous views. we also saw a deer on the hike today.

Shocked by the 4.5 stars. Least favorite hike of the summer. The trail has been badly worn from horses and is extremely loose and rocky. Tons of exposure the whole way. Disappointed in the lake because water level is way down. I strongly recommend just driving to the Silver Lake TH and hiking to Silver Lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Started on the Dry Creek Trail. Great views and lots of wildflowers on the back side of Box Elder. Trail gets pretty interpretive between the Dry Creek and Box Elder trails.

camping
9 months ago

We just backpacked and tent camped two separate nights in the last week here with our dog and 4 year old son. It is a fairly easy hike and camping by the lake up top was amazing!!!!

Beautiful and fun for kids!

hiking
10 months ago

My wife and I took the dog up this morning to get up to Silver Glance Lake. We got to the trailhead around 8AM and it was still a bit chilly at the start. Once we got up to Silver Lake we were warmed up. The trail starts out very easy and then gains elevation with some switchbacks up to Silver Lake. Lots of people fishing. Hiking to Silver Glance Lake is much more difficult due to steepness, but it's relatively short in length. Got caught in some afternoon rain so maybe bring a rain jacket if you'll be up in the afternoon. A moose was spotted down closer to Silver Lake so keep your dog on the leash!

Such a great hike. Really secluded and beautiful at the top. The views on the way up are incredible. Relatively steep for some parts but well worth the hike.

Always a gorgeous hike!

Beautiful hike with tons of wildflowers. Hiked to the top lake which ended up being 7 miles round trip. The views are best just above the first lake at mile 3. The top lake was neat but better views overlooking the lake below.

Awesome hike. Starting from Silver Lake it's a little steep at first but it gets easier towards the second half. Great views all along the trail. Lots of people on the trail until you get pass Silver Lake and then no crowds.

hiking
11 months ago

1 hr to silver lake and another hour up to Silver Glance. From Silver lake it's intense up and down. Glad to say I have been there and the reason I'd do it again are for the views of Silver Lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Snow is almost gone near the lake. Some open water so it won't be long before it's ice free. Beautiful cirque. Only downside is that we were not the only ones enjoying the hike. Counted over 120 people on the trail between 6:40 and 10:30am

Amazing view. Worth it!

nice narrow trail with few people on it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Very disappointed that I didn't see any sheep

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great views on this trail as it climbs high on up on the north side of the Canyon. You can see the Tibble Fork reservoir, and Silver Flat reservoir to the south east. My Timpanogos to the South and Box Elder Peak across the Canyon. Moose, Snakes and lizards along the trail and views of a few waterfalls. Saw only three people on the trail. What more could you want?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

fun hike lots of snow still and the lake is mostly frozen

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Lots of snow, just starting to melt. Way too many people go to Silver Lake these days. At least by continuing on you rid of the masses.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Just went up 6/3/17 with the family and the views where perfect, clear warm day. The last half mile still had snow on the trail so we hiked in the creek or snow melt run off .
Silver lake is still frozen over so didn't get any fishing in.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Challenging but incredible views, beautiful wilderness. Still quite a bit of snow, so it's easy to lose the trail, but I made it to the canyon bottom (the end as described here). Fun snow play there.

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