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

hiking
11 minutes ago

One of my favorite hikes. always a classic.

THIS TRAIL IS INACCESSIBLE TO HIKERS IN THE SPRING! We tried to do Brighton lakes today (March 30, 2018) and those trails were under feet of snow, so we went to silver lake since we'd walked it many times in the summer. It was closed to any walkers. There were lots of cross country skiiers, but if anyone walking tried to go out near where the lake is covered in snow, a worker would come out and let them know it wasn't allowed. Stay down in the valley until at least June, probably July. It's marvelous in the summer, super easy (strollers and wheelchairs okay), but bring bug spray!

hiking
5 hours ago

THIS TRAIL IS COMPLETELY INACCESSIBILE UNTIL JULY. It's not just snowy and icy - you can't get there unless you're on skis. Fair warning

hiking
5 hours ago

THIS TRAIL IS INACCESSIBLE IN THE SPRING. As are all of the trails in the Brighton Loop. The Brighton worker I spoke with said it should be uncovered with snow by July. It's not just slippery, it is swallowed by the snow and completely closed to hikers. Just fair warning to anyone thinking about it. It would be glorious in the summer.

hiking
14 hours ago

Wow. This must be one of the most spectacular hikes in the Wasatch Front. the trail is steep and slippery but so worth it. The scenery is beautiful all the way up to the lake and one at the lake it takes your breath away, just spectacular. Highly recommend this hike.

Found Canon camera on the trail yesterday 5/23. Contact me so we can get it home.

One of my favorite hikes in slc county. We backpacked overnight. It was a great experience!

Still lots of snow on the trail, making it hard to follow. The lake is still pretty frozen. I imagine this hike will be a lot more fun and much prettier in a couple more weeks.

Just hiked this trail yesterday in the rain and loved it. The trail is fairly steep at the beginning but still very enjoyable. There's quite a bit of snow at the top so if you're going to hike it right now I'd recommend bringing some layers. The view is well worth it!

backpacking
3 days ago

Really wonderful views. The trail itself is very difficult for backpacking because of the steep grade, but it's doable. You just have to really pace yourself and not get overeager on the ascent or descent. There was a good amount of snow on the northeast side of the lake this time of year, and the mornings were around 20 to 30 degrees. You don't need microspikes just to get the top, but there is some slick snow right now. Really great opportunities to explore!

Hiked trail to lake today. No more snow or ice on the lake. Almost to the bottom, started raining. By the time I reached the asphalt path to the parking lot I was caught in a downpour. So glad I started at 9:30. I had a wind breaker that I put on at the lake which was good because clouds covered sun and breeze off the lake was cool. Didn’t need to use my spikes.

Didn’t get lost - almost did at the place where there’s hundreds of ticks and it’s super steep but quickly figured out you need to just climb up and quickly go right to get back to the path. Still some snow up there but nothing my hiking boots couldn’t handle. Just behind the lake there are tons of waterfalls and amazing views. Walked up in about 1.5 hours and ran down in about 40 mins. Rain, thunder, and lightening on the way down and it was exhilarating

Went around 6:30 pm after a spring rain and the colors were magical! The first bit of trail was rocky and gave a great little workout. Overall short/fast hike with lots of wildlife! I startled some deer on the way down.

trail running
4 days ago

This hike was awesome! We were able to run most of the way down. It’s so beautiful! I’ve had it on my list for almost three years and it was worth the wait. Parking sucks, you’ll probably have to park on the road. Trail is super easy to follow.

Here’s the thing...
Is the hike beautiful? Is the lake beautiful? Yes! However is the hike hard...HELL YES.
The shear elevation was very hard on me, be prepared to hike a steep trail. For real.
It’s a 5 star hike although I can’t say it was “fun” :)

Just finished this trail-I hike this several times a year. Don’t let the traffic in the parking area scare you. 99% of those people are going across the street to hike donut falls. Even with hundreds of cars up there, I only saw a total of about 15 groups total between going up and down. The last half a mile is still really snow packed and the lake is mostly frozen over and incredibly beautiful! Love this hike!! (Just watch out on the way down for mountain bikers flying down and nearly hitting you)

"Dog Lake is lame" said a high school girl at the trailhead as I was coming down, and after hiking it I kind of have to agree with her. There are lots of trees, and I imagine it's beautiful in the Autumn, but it doesn't compare to the grandeur of some of the other hikes in the area. Trail is still snow covered past the Mill A junction, so you'll want boots if your'e going all the way to the lake. I saw lots of moose tracks in the snow, so this might be a good one for you if you're searching for wildlife, but I don't think I'll hike it again.

Nice hike with lots of flat areas. The lake is still frozen and it’s really cold at the lake. Bring a jacket. Lots of snow at the very end. I’ve done this hike later in the year and it’s worth it to wait for the lake to be unfrozen, the color is breathtaking.

hiking
5 days ago

Tiny bit of ice on the upper part of the trail. Snow field just before the lake. Neither need any gear/spikes. Friendly reminder to bring sun screen and bug repellent, and plenty of water.

Got a late start today but the rain and hail kept the conditions just perfect for a Spring hike. I was surprised by the number of people on the trail at this time of year. The secret is out...this is an awesome hike. There is ice covering half the lake and the surrounding mountains have plenty of snow remaining. Trail is in excellent condition with very little snow on the trail (mostly on the last approach to the lake)

Amazing!

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful views on this hike - the snowcapped peaks are almost always in sight ahead of you on your way up. Turn around and see across the canyon. Plenty of places to explore around the lake, so plan to spend an hour or two poking around there before you head back. Bring a fleece, cold mountain air in the basin. Snow all gone now unless you push past the lake. Fairly crowded on a Saturday, but still a nice hike. Get there early if you want a parking spot.

hiking
6 days ago

This is my favorite trail to hike. You get a little splash of everything on this trail; wild flowers, streams, woods, meadows, wild animals, and a lake. My family loves to pack a lunch and relax at the lake for the afternoon. I also often see people camping up here in the summer.

hiking
7 days ago

Fun short hike! The trail splits and either direction will take you to the lake. We stayed on the right path, a bit rocky and steep at times but not bad at all. Fun hike with lots of aspen trees.

The trail was great! About an hour in we hit snow. It’s melting so it’s just mud. Couple more warm days and it should be gone! I thought the lake was going to be bigger, a little disappointed.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome!

hiking
16 days ago

Views are spectacular!

Did this yesterday. Last half snow about 2-3 feet all the way to the lake. still doable in just hiking boots.

backpacking
18 days ago

End of April: ran into ice and sparse snow about the point the trail leveled out, ~2 feet of snow around the lake. Snow was hard enough to walk on in some places, but if you don't have snowshoes plan on wearing water resistant boots for post-holing, with good grip for the icy sections. Taking the right hand path upwards, the first half mile or so is pretty steep for out of shape students with backpacking stuff. View across mountains just before lake was gorgeous.

Amazing!

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