Twin Lakes

Brighton, UT
Length: 2.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Twin Lakes is a great hike to a small reservoir above Brighton, Utah. You start at the Silver Lake trail and make your way about around Silver Lake. At the far side, there’s a fork where the trail splits off to go the rest of around Silver Lake or to Lake Solitude and Twin Lakes. A little further and it splits again to Twin Lakes.

This hike is beautiful in spring and fall. In the summer, it can a welcome relief from the heat in the Salt Lake Valley, but a good portion of the trail is exposed to the sun, so it can still get warm. After you leave Silver Lake, the trail heads uphill almost the whole way to Twin Lakes. It’s a rocky, uneven trail, so bring appropriate footwear. You’ll get a beautiful overhead view of Silver Lake too!

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! Once you get to Twin Lakes, there’s a dam on the left side and a wide, beachy area where you can play or have a picnic.

There are picnic tables at the Silver Lake visitor center and restrooms with flush toilets along with 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

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 757 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Picnic Area, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Wildflowers are gorgeous in mid-July.

Moose can sometimes be seen in the area.

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.

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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.