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Silver Lake Hike in Big Cottonwood

(Last Updated On: January 3, 2021)
We have not been good hikers this year, but luckily we went camping near an easy hike last weekend. At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, we walked around Silver Lake. It is a very simple hike because half of the hike is on a boardwalk. The first time we did this hike we only had a one year old, so we pushed him in the stroller all the way around, even on the dirt trails.

The boardwalk only goes about halfway around the lake, so we went offloading with our stroller. It was an adventure, but we made it.

On this hike, we saw ducks, fish, and squirrels. We often see moose on this trail, too.  We were there on a Saturday, which of course is the busiest day to hike, so we also saw a lot of people. Despite the crowds, we still had a great time. It is in a beautiful location–right at the top of the mountains and next to an alpine lake. There are other hikes that branch off from this hike and lead you to other lakes. They are a little more strenuous, but we enjoyed hiking to Lake Solitude, too.

The moose spent quite bit of time right by this boardwalk.

Silver Lake hike begins behind the Silver Lake Information Center/Nordic Center. In the summer this building is open and you can go inside and learn more about the area. There are some interesting displays, as well as a small touch table that our boys love. The workers here are so friendly and teach our boys different facts when we stop by. Make sure to spend a few moments here if it’s open.

There is a small parking area in front of this building.

The displays are about the animals and plants of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

We thought this tree ring was so interesting because it labeled different rings with events we would recognize.

Our boys love to pretend they are a deer.

The center is small, but fun to check out.

To find this hike, drive about 15 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. When you get to Brighton ski resort, the road takes you right on a one-way road. Follow it right and the hike leaves from the first parking lot on the right. There is a sign. You can read more here.
The lake is beautiful all year. This picture was taken in the fall.

The lake is beautiful all year. This picture was taken in the fall.

We had to run to keep up with the kids on this hike.

We had to run to keep up with the kids on this hike.

There were lots of great lookout points.

There were lots of great lookout points.


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