Lake Catherine

Brighton, UT
Length: 5.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Lake Catherine is a small, alpine lake, high above Brighton, Utah. The hike to get there is a pretty steady climb, but it rewards you with some really breathtaking views and two more alpine lakes on the way.

You start at the Brighton Ski Resort, where there’s a ton of parking. There are no open restrooms though, so if you need to make a pit stop, you can stop at the Silver Lake Nordic Center just down the street.

The trail takes you up a meandering trail that goes up a ski slope. It’s only one mile to Lake Mary, which is a great spot to stop for lunch or for a snack. Lake Martha is right next to Lake Mary and is pretty small.

There’s one short section of trail just after Lake Mary where the trail gets narrow and there’s a steep drop-off. Kids will need help in that spot, but the rest of the trail is wide enough for kids.

The trail is totally doable for kids, but since it’s uphill most of the way and a little on the long side, expect it to be slow-going.

All of Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed area, so no swimming or wading in the creeks or lakes and no dogs.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,243 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Amazing wildflowers in the middle of summer!

We often see moose on this trail.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is at the Brighton Ski Resort, there’s plenty!

Trail Contributor

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Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.


Trail Map

Getting There

From I-15, take the exit onto eastbound I-215/Belt Route. Take exit 6 onto UT-190 toward 3000 E from the second-to-righthand lane. Keep left and follow signs to 6200 S. Turn right onto UT-190/6200 S/Wasatch Blvd. Turn left onto UT-190/Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Head into Big Cottonwood Canyon and all the way up to Brighton. The road ends there in a loop. Park at the far end, close to the Brighton Resort.