Brighton Lakes Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain1,966ft
Trailhead Elevation8,765ft
Elevation Min/Max8765/10218ft
Elevation Start/End8765/8765ft

Brighton Lakes Trail

Brighton Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Alta, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 8,765 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,966 feet. The Molly Green's pub and the Alpine Rose restaurant are near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Near the end of the trail is a spring. This trail connects with the following: Sunset Peak Trail, Granite Lakes Trail and Catherine Pass Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Greg Witt
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"Explore a chain of pristine alpine lakes at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s a favorite hike for families and couples in search of remote mountain scenery, fir-scented woods, and photogenic lakes—all within 30 minutes of your car. Lake Mary may be the most popular alpine hike in the Salt Lake area, with hundreds of hikers enjoying its beauty on any given summer Saturday, but only a small percentage of those hikers go on to Lake Martha or Lake Catherine, where you can often find yourself completely alone. The section from just below Lake Mary to Lake Catherine is part of the Great Western Trail." Read more
Best Hikes Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides)
Lori J. Lee
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"The Brighton Lakes Trail passes three lakes: Lakes Mary, Martha, and Catherine. Before you come to the first lake, there is also a spur to Dog Lake, which sits only 500 feet off the main trail. Known for its lush summer wildflowers, this area is the home of the Wasatch Wild Flower Festival, and during late July and early August wildflowers typically line the path. This is a popular, family-friendly hike, and you will find people of all ages making the trek to these scenic alpine lakes. This hike often makes the list of Most Family Friendly Hikes near Salt Lake City." Read more

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Very good trail with beautiful lakes - especially Mary - and scenic overlooks. Starts with a climb through the ski area, but it's all down hill coming back! Note:: Find the trail head by going just to the right of the main ski lodge, up the gravel path by the large ski area map. The trailhead is marked just after you cross the ski service road at an opening between two large logs.
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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, (385) 468-1800; Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City 84121; Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 8236 Federal Building, 125 South State St., Salt Lake City 84138.
Local Contacts
USGS Brighton Quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018