Silver Lake Interpretive Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah 84029

Elevation Gain313ft
Trailhead Elevation8,730ft
Elevation Min/Max8707/8762ft
Elevation Start/End8730/8730ft

Silver Lake Interpretive Trail

Silver Lake Interpretive Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 8,730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 313 feet. The Silver Lake Picnic Area picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and parking. Along the trail there is a wetland.

Silver Lake Interpretive Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Silver Lake, a shallow alpine lake with surrounding wetlands, is made accessible and informative by a brilliantly conceived trail that allows you to explore the marsh without ever getting wet."

"Silver Lake has been the heart of the upper Big Cottonwood area since early pioneer days. Originally called “Plesant [sic] Lake” by a pioneer scout, it has gone through several names, including Fish Lake when pioneers discovered the abundant fishing. This hike begins at what is now the Silver Lake Interpretive Trail—a 1.0-mile-long boardwalk that circles Silver Lake and provides informational signs describing the surrounding ecosystem. This is a favorite family spot, and weekends are generally crowded. From here the route climbs to Lake Solitude, which provides just the opposite of Silver Lake—most likely no more company than a few ducks floating on the pond. To round out the adventure the trail then climbs to Twin Lakes, a large, beautiful blue lake sitting in one of the many granite cirques of these high mountains. Mountain lakes are a refuge for people and animals alike, and though you will find fewer folks here than at Silver Lake, chances are good that a group or two will be enjoying the dazzling show of sun on water. The trail offers the wonders of quaking aspen, wildflowers, mountain lakes, and peaceful evergreen stands."

"At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City near the Brighton ski resort, Silver Lake has slowly developed into one of the premier urban fishing spots for Salt Lake Valley residents.

The addition of a boardwalk to protect marsh and riparian habitat has made this a place for anglers in wheelchairs or parents of young children who want to take them for a nice walk and do some fishing in the process. This is a scenic high-elevation setting surrounded by pine trees and mountain peaks. For a simple family fishing outing, few places near Salt Lake City offer these kinds of amenities."

"The Silver Lake Boardwalk is an easily hiked, level loop around an extensive high-altitude riparian complex. At the far end of the loop, the trail passes through a stand of conifers and exposes you briefly to a rocky scree slope and some small stands of aspen.

Specialty birds: Blue Grouse; Three-toed Woodpecker; Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers; Western Wood-Pewee; Olive-sided Flycatcher; Townsend’s Solitaire; Swainson’s Thrush; Lazuli Bunting; Black Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak; Red Crossbill Other key birds: Cooper’s Hawk; Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Red-naped Sapsucker; Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Warbling Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Tree, Violet-green, and Cliff Swallows; Mountain Chickadee; Redbreasted and White-breasted Nuthatches; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Mountain Bluebird; Hermit Thrush; Orange-crowned, Virginia’s, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, MacGillivray’s, and Wilson’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Chipping, Fox, Song, and Lincoln’s Sparrows; Cassin’s Finch; Pine Siskin; American Goldfinch. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

Silver Lake Interpretive Trail Reviews

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This is a very nice trail to get in after work. Its a quick drive to Brighton and the trail head at Sliver Lake. From there start your hike around Sliver Lake and take the fork on the back side of the lake. This is the real start of the trail. The guide suggests going to Solitude then twin lakes then back. I suggest going to twin lake to solitude and keep going back to sliver lake. I find the down hill much easier to take that direction. The reason for 3 vs. 4 stars is due to the number of people on the trail. Parking lot will fill up quickly on most week nights.

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Brighton
Local Maps

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Jul 2018