Silver Lake Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

USGS Quad - Brighton. Elevation gain is 30 feet. The Silver Lake Loop Trail follows a boardwalk around Silver Lake. The boardwalk is provided to protect the wetland environment. Please stay on the boardwalk at all times. The trail provides access for fishing piers. The Silver Lake Boardwalk accesses the Brighton Lakes Trail. The visitor's center has restrooms and a drinking fountain. Construction for an outdoor restroom facility was started Summer 1999 and should be completed for the 2000 season. Please be cautious of moose that live in the area. Do not approach any moose you may encounter on or near trails. Moose may seem calm and tame, but they are not! Moose are wild and unpredictable. For your own safety, please avoid these animals. Please do not pick any wildflowers. Picking wildflowers prevents them from blooming the following year. Please leave them so that others may enjoy them!

At a Glance

Restrictions: Watershed: Salt Lake City Watershed Restrictions apply and are strictly enforced. Backcountry camping is not permitted within 200 ft of any open water (lakes, streams, etc). Pets are not allowed at all (not even in your car!). Swimming is not allowed in lakes or streams. Visitors must carry out everything they bring in, including food scraps and fruit peels. Follow general ""Leave No Trace"" guidelines for disposal of human waste. Pollution of any kind will not be accepted. Watershed regulations are enforced by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, the Salt Lake City Water Department, the Salt Lake City - County Health Department, the US Forest Service, and the Alta Marshal's Office. Violations constitute a Class ""B"" misdemeanor and in most cases a citation is issued to violators.

General Information

Directions: Access #1: Via Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd) about 14.2 miles up the canyon to the Silver Lake Visitor's Center parking area across from the Brighton Store on the west side of the road. Trail begins behind the Visitor's Center (boarded walkway). Access #2: Same as above but follow the road around the circle to Majestic Lodge. Trailhead begins behind the lodge. Follow directions to Twin Lakes Reservoir and Silver Lake.

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8730 ft - 8760 ft