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Not a bad hike. About 1.75 miles up from the main trailhead. Took me roughly 30 min to the lake with a mixture of trail running and hiking. I would give this hike a 4* if it weren’t for the road access. I would rather hike to a lake that has only one way to it...foot. Also, the total ascent was only 886 from the trailhead. Total time 1:03. Oh and there was a dead horse on the trail.

The hike from silver lake up to silver glance is pretty steep in some areas and it bites! But definitely worth the extra distance to get away from crowds and have lunch.

Tough trail, rock, dirt, fields, forest, you get it all. The app says 7.5 but we clocked it at about 8.5 or so. Some amazing views so worth the effort. The Jeff side of the loop is much tougher than the right side, where we saw several other hikers. Must be commonly used by horses as we dodged several piles of horse poop along the way. Great hike!

This is a beautiful hike. The wild flowers were starting to bloom (June 27) and the lake was gorgeous. A good mid-range hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Came backpacking to Silver Lake last summer with a group a friends and had a blast so I thought I'd return. This time I was solo and wanted to escape the crowds at Silver Lake. Best decision I could have made consider I was spending the night up there. Started from Silver Flats at 6:30 and got to Silver Lake at 7:30. Passed a few big groups planning to stay the night at Silver Lake, and there were already several groups setting up camp at Silver Lake. Went the additional 0.7mi up to Silver Glance Lake. Bit difficult with an overnight backpack, but got up in 30min. Only two other guys were already there, and one other group came later, so very few people stayed the night. Very cool at night, but very peaceful and great views. Hiked down Saturday morning at 8am and was back to the car by 9:30am. Lots of groups going up to fish on the weekend. Overall, short hike (bit steep at parts but very doable) for a great destination. Still one of favorite places to backpack.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely off the beaten path--the trailhead is up a dirt road from Granite Flats campgrounds and the trailhead doesn't have a sign (though there is a tiny parking area) --never would have found it without the app. Beautiful hike; lots of trees and wildlife--we saw what we think was a golden eagle and lots of butterflies. Mostly shady, not too steep. We saw one other group of hikers and otherwise had the place to ourselves even though other trails nearby were swarming with people. We loved it.

This double track trail in on the Mineral Basin Road and is very scenic with mountain on either side. We hiked in the morning and say only two people in a UTV. There was a very pretty cascade/waterfall along the side of the trail. Upper Mineral Basin if beautiful and full of wild flowers this time of year. Considering today was a holiday I was surprised that we saw only two people until we reached Sugarloaf Pass.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views on the way up and down from the lake including Silver lake and Mt. Timp. The lake is smaller but a great way to escape the crowds at Silver lake below. There was no one there in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday with beautiful weather. It’s the end of June and there are plenty of wildflowers. Trail is more difficult to locate at the beginning and very steep with loose rock at times in particular coming down. Trekking poles would help even though I didn’t take mine. My 7 year old son hiked it with me and really enjoyed it.

Quiet trail, hiked 2 mi up.

spectacular! hike gets really steep after Silver Lake, though.

hiking
1 month ago

Long drive up the canyon to get to the trailhead. It was a Saturday when we went so it was really busy, with limited parking. Last mile or so is dirt road to the trailhead, so be prepared for that. Once on the trail, it is gorgeous! The trail is wide enough in most places to walk side by side. Some parts are somewhat steep and I saw a lot of tired hikers taking breaks along the way. The view along most of the hike is breathtaking; You can see the lake below and most of the way down the canyon. There’s a small waterfall near the top, and the end of the trail is a crystal clear lake. Very cold water. Lots of little fish breaking the surface of the water constantly. Beautiful blue, ever-so-clear water. No muddy trail, no snow, and not too many people. It’s a wonderful and highly recommended hike this time of year.

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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.

on Silver Glance Lake

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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!!!!

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Beautiful and fun for kids!

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

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!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Always a gorgeous hike!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

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