Explore the most popular views trails near American Fork with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes to do, it has a beautiful drive up and is a good moderate hike. Usually takes less than an hour to go up (without stopping) and has some good spots for hammocks at the top. Also a good spot for camping as long as you stay off of the trail.

last time we went I couldn't find the trail for this hike .Is that really hard or they have signs.I will try again this month hope o am lucky this time

I personally think this trail deserves a “hard” rating. The last mile is relentless. We started the trail at 7:30am. The first 1/4 to maybe 1/2 mile was shaded. After that... full sunshine and very very hot (and in my opinion quite steep) the rest of the way. I brought 112 ounces of water with me. I ran out before we got back to the car. The lake is beautiful though! Plenty of places to sit all the way around it. I think there were more dogs on the trail than humans. Most not on leashes. If you have options of a truck/jeep I would suggest that over a car. Narrow bumpy ride for a bit once you have to turn off the paved road. Doable in a car though, just be sure to have good tires!

The drive up includes a precarious and very bumpy dirt road, I'm very glad I brought my truck. Park only in designated areas, I got a parking warning and the person next to me got a ticket (probably because they didn't even pay the $6 use fee).
For someone such as myself still on my journey to get in shape and lose weight, the trail got difficult quickly and I easily consumed my entire water reserve (8 cups).
It was 4.8 miles out and back per my fitness tracker and took me 3 hours.
Lots of people bring dogs, there are several opportunities for dogs to hydrate.
The trail is at most times pretty narrow and unless you like bumping shoulders, it often required someone to stand aside and let the others pass.
On the way up there are some breathtaking views, and it was a good journey. The lake is rotten with flies which are an annoyance when you want to relax a bit before heading back down.
The final stretch for me was exceedingly difficult and I felt I wouldn't have pushed through if the reward weren't so close.
Overall I thought it to be a very enjoyable hike, not one I'd recommend for smaller children. Out of shape people may need to work up to this hike, I never could have done it 3 months ago when I was mostly sedentary.

Beautiful hike! Beginning of hike is pretty shaded but then becomes more exposed. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. Was a little steep for our older dog but he made it. We stayed for an hour or two and waded in the lake. saw lots of people heading up with packs. A pretty small lake for how many campers were heading there as their destination. We went on Friday, very busy, can't imagine the crowds on the weekend.

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

A great hike. I brought my dog and she loved the lake at the top where we had brunch before heading back down. I am definitely doing it again but want to stay at the lake for longer. I got there around 730 and didn't really see anyone on the way up but by the time we made our way back down the lot was full and I ran into a lot of hikers going up. Be prepared for the drive to the trailhead; very narrow and steep dirt road.

The dirt road leading up to the trailhead was surprisingly rocky but holy crap is this hike beautiful! The views❤️

backpacking
14 days 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
14 days 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.

on Silver Lake Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Breathtaking. The hike is easy except for the last mile where it is straight incline. Can become crowded. Dog friendly. Recommend going on a weekday to avoid crowds.

hiking
20 days ago

Great 2.1 mile hike each way with great views. Awesome lake to finish at. 55 mins up, 48 mins down at a brisk walk.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful lake and a great hike up through aspen forest with lots of wildflowers in June. One larger creek crossing but very manageable with rocks in place to step on. Trail can be very narrow at times and certainly a lot of rocks from beginning to end. Great for kids. I think my daughter climbed on most of the larger rocks on the trail.

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
20 days ago

This Is my most favorite hike I've done this year. The views are gorgeous the entire way and lots of pretty wildflowers this time of year. The lake is freezing cold but so refreshing after a hot hike!

We started hiking around 10:30 and the first section is nice and shaded but after that you are totally exposed to the sun. Bring sunscreen, hat and plenty of water!! If you have a dog make sure they have enough water too. My pups paws suffered a bit from the hot dirt but cooled down in the stream on the way down and of course swimming in the lake above.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked on Tuesday and was surprised at how many people were on the trail. It was extremely pretty the whole way especially with the wildflower out, but less tree cover the last half of the trail. We hiked on a very hot day so that was a little tiresome but not bad.

The best park of the trail is that it is so pretty the whole way up, not just at the end, especially in spring and early summer.

hiking
25 days ago

Amazing hike! We took about five hours to hike up, hike halfway around to the right then back to the left and around part way, eat a snack and take photos and then descend down. It’s pretty all the way. Saw a baby rubber boa snake on a log in the second water crossing. Super cool. Lots of wild flowers! Such beautiful views! We went Sunday leaving at 3:30 pm and we found a parking spot, others on the trail but not many, it was a great day and only saw 4 people coming down. You could see Fish swimming in the lake!

Quiet trail, hiked 2 mi up.

backpacking
26 days ago

went overnight with 14/12/11/8 year-olds. - they rated it fairly difficult. (with packs)
Pretty steady climb the entire 2.5 miles up. Light traffic on Friday night.... HEAVY traffic on Saturday.
Single-track trail made the descent with high traffic a little annoying (had to step off the trail about every 2-3 minutes to make way for the ascending hikers
Maybe 4-5 VERY small camping sites around the lake... you need to camp basically on the waters edge to find somewhere flat. SUPER FUN hike. Only downside was the heavy saturday traffic

hiking
27 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. The parking lot at the reservoir was pretty full (as one should plan on with any trail in Utah on a Saturday morning) but there was sufficient parking on the road for everyone.
Along the trail we saw lots of different wildflowers, crossed a stream, and even saw a little waterfall.

I had planned on it taking me 2 hrs to get to the lake since other reviews on here said it did. It only took me 1 hour to get to the lake. But I didn’t take any breaks and kept my pace the whole time (beyond stopping and taking pictures of the views.)

Trail was busy but everyone was courteous and friendly. Dog friendly. Amazing views the entire way. Can’t wait to do it again!

hiking
29 days ago

Love this hike! The first mile is pretty easy then the second is much steeper but it’s not that hard. The lake is beautiful- super cold water. Good amount of people on the trail but not overly crowded.

Beautiful hike! Definitely take your time. There are stunning views of Timp. It does really get crowded on the weekends and don’t plan on a long swim because the water is super chilly year round. Nice and cool shaded sections towards beginning and end.

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

hiking
1 month ago

2.2 miles one-way the trail is well defined and relatively easy with a few steeper spots and moderate rocky areas. It offers amazing views of the mountains and valley, stop and take it in, don't just rush to the destination. The lake has limited areas to setup a tent which fill up quickly. The trail is heavily trafficked on the weekends by day hikers, many of them rude and unprepared for the terrain or conditions.

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

It took me close to 2 hours to hike up Saturday evening (5 to 7pm) when all the day hikers were leaving. There was maybe 5 other tents besides myself. I was the last there and I stayed on the far west side all by myself. It was very windy at night and it was in the 40s but I was never cold.

backpacking
1 month ago

Especially on Friday nights it can get a little crowded up at Silver Lake for backpackers looking for a spot to put a tent. But the views and scenery are amazing. My Apple Watch recorded 2.3 miles from the trailhead to Silver Lake, one way.

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