Lake Solitude

Brighton, UT
Length: 3.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

Lake Solitude is one of many alpine lakes around Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail takes you about halfway around Silver Lake, where it’s flat and stroller-friendly. Then you take a right where the trail forks from the Silver Lake trail. Then you take another right from the fork between the Lake Solitude Trail and Twin Lakes Trail and head up into the mountains a little bit. The hike is not flat, but it’s not difficult either, and it meanders through an absolutely gorgeous aspen forest. In my opinion, the trail itself is the real treat, not so much the lake.

The last quarter mile of the hike is where it gets pretty steep and it’s where you’ll really start to feel the elevation being over 8000 feet if you’re used to living at sea level. Thankfully, it’s short and you’re rewarded by the little lake. We’ve seen moose at Lake Solitude a couple of times too.

This hike is beautiful in spring, summer and fall. In the summer, it’s a welcome relief from the heat in the Salt Lake Valley; it can sometimes be as much as 15° F cooler up there. Mid-July is when wildflowers put on their show and in late-September the aspen turn bright yellow and the scrub oak turns orange. It’s quite beautiful.

There are picnic tables at the Nordic Center where you parked along with restrooms and a water fountain.

This trail is closed to hikers in the winter once the ski resorts are open. Only cross-country skiers are allowed.

All of Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed canyon, so no wading or swimming in the lakes or streams and no dogs are allowed.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 495 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Creek / River, Lake, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

We’ve seen moose at Lake Solitude and Silver Lake a few times.

There are picnic tables at the trailhead too.

No swimming or wading, and no dogs are allowed.

There are picnic tables at the Visitor Center along with restrooms.

The views of the surrounding mountains are lovely.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

This trail shares a parking lot with a few other trails, it can get full easily. There is plenty parking across the street if the lot is full.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

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. Continue up into the canyon until you reach Brighton and the road forks to the right. The trailhead parking lot is immediately on the right side, the Silver Lake Visitor Center.