Silver Lake Trail - Brighton

Brighton, UT
Length: 0.80 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Silver Lake is a fantastic loop trail for hikers of almost any age. 99% of the trail is flat and it offers beautiful views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. Silver Lake is in the city of Brighton at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s open to hiking, exploring, and fishing in the spring, summer, and fall, but is usually closed once the ski resorts open and exclusive to cross-country skiing. About half of the trail is boardwalk that meanders around the lake. The rest of the trail is dirt or gravel. The trail can handle most strollers and wheelchairs. Wheels may struggle on the trail sections if it’s muddy or there’s been a little snowfall. It’s an excellent all-access trail in the summer to escape the heat in the Salt Lake Valley. When the Nordic Center is open, there are a few educational items on display inside too.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Fishing, Lake, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

There are picnic tables at the Nordic Center along with restrooms.
The views of the surrounding mountains are lovely.
Moose are often seen in the area.

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: 5/5]

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.