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

11 days ago

We did this hike 8/24/2018, and it was gorgeous! Finally a break from the wildfire smoke. It is a bit steep going down to the lake, but we made it with only one kid falling on her behind. The kids couldn’t wait to take a swim in Bloods Lake since most of our hikes are usually in watershed areas. They LOVED swimming in the lake, and they said this was one of their favorite hikes ever!

Great trail, headed out towards Blood Lake and the views were breathtaking. The only wildlife we saw was a moose which was AWESOME. We were 25 yards away from her on the hiking path.

A little crowded these days, but still beautiful.

Got there at 7 and was able to see the most beautiful sunset reflecting on the lake!

19 days ago

Beautiful lake!

Gorgeous view from the 10420 peak. It was very windy though, so we didn't stay long. We did the anti-clock loop. The path from the pass (parking lot) to the peak is not very long but VERY STEEP!

Not a hike I expected, but I loved the scrambling over boulders to get to the top! Colors changing and gorgeous views all around. We did the loop around Bloods and Lackawaxen Lake as well as Peak 10420, all of which are entirely do-able if you want to make this a two-fer peak day along with lakes. Bloods Lake had a ton of families and dogs, so if you don't like crowds, don't plan on spending time at that lake. Lackawaxen was less people and more serene.

This is a wonderful hike! Gorgeous views and variety. Take it counterclockwise from Silver Lake Rec center (hitting Twin Lakes before Lake Solitude). The first half of the trail was crowded on a late Saturday afternoon, but the second half was empty.

Note: as you’re coming down after Lake Solitude, be careful to stay on the trail. You’ll be walking down an access road and see another small lake ahead of you. As soon as you see it, take the (mostly unmarked) small cutoff to the left. We walked an extra half mile down the road before realizing we had left the trail.

1 month ago

Great little hike. Go early, or forget about getting a parking spot!

The views at the top are fantastic. It wasn't too difficult because of many flat parts which allow you to catch your breath while hiking. Fine hike for most everyone.

Very awesome hike. Spectacular views the whole way through looking out over the mountain range in all directions. I definitely recommend doing this hike counter clock-wise, as there is a pretty steep area this would be best to climb up instead of down. You’ll come across a few mountain bikers at the beginning and end of the hike near where you park. The hike overall is not too heavily trafficked.

Great views. Easy short trail

1 month ago

Great views but not one of my favorite hikes.

So fun for dogs

1 month ago

very fun to do at sunset !

Great Lake hike with great views ! Steep incline but worth it. Dogs are allowed !

1 month ago

we went for the first time this summer with our Pub for her first swim water is really cold most of us all got in.... what happened to the rope swing ?

Fantastic views, mostly easy except one sharp climb if you start from the East. I would not recommend going down that hill so the trail is better done counter clock wise.

great hike, loved it. wish I brought a floating device and swim clothes.

1 month ago

This hike was all uphill on rocky terrain. I went with my two kids on a Saturday in August. My seven-year-old enjoyed the challenge, but my four year old had a hard time with how steep it was. The views at the top were stunning!!! We decided to come down using the trail going around the side of the mountain that meets up with Blood Lake trail. That was a much easier trail (less slope) and the lake was beautiful, but packed with people and dogs. I would definitely do that loop again!

The hike has some beautiful views. It crosses under a chair lift twice. The trails are frequented by mountain bikers. It's a popular drop off point for mountain bike shuttles. We saw few hikers. The lake is not a fishing lake but still pleasant to reach. The first half does have signs. The signs we found after that seemed to assume a specific direction to the loop

I loved this hike!! We decided to hike the peak in the morning to see the sunrise. We started hiking around 4am and got to the peak at 5:30am. It’s a pretty steep hike, and when you get to the ridge line it can be a little difficult to follow. The entire experience is definitely worth it. There is also a lake directly below the peak. If you back track about 0.5 miles back you can hike down to it. Do this hike you won’t regret it!!!

This app is great

1 month ago

Just visited today, hike is pretty easy until the steep part right before the lake as others have mentioned. The GPS location I got from AllTrails kept trying to make us take a private road on someone's property so I recommend stopping at the parking lot at the top of Guardsman Pass. Out of the 6 of us who swam in the lake only 1 found a leech on them so enter at your own risk!

nice little hike after work

Great hike with good views at the top. While on the trail we ran into Forest Service officials who indicated that this trail is actually in watershed, so no dogs are allowed. Dogs can be on the trails to blood lake. But not allowed on the peak area.

2 months ago

Easy and short hike but it gets rocky and steep at the end. It was crowded and there were lots of dogs. I went there on a Sunday at 4:00pm. I saw some people swimming and fishing . Overall nice hike

Great trail. Amazing views. Appropriately rated as moderate. Could be difficult for kids at certain points if you go all the way to Sunset Peak. Saw a moose, lots of chipmunks and a marmot.

What happened to the rope swing

Pretty short and easy hike until the last bit as it gets a little steep/rocky right before the lake (still doable for kids or beginners though). Went on a weekday around 2 pm and it wasn’t crowded at all. Great views, great for swimming, and dog friendly!

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