Willow Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 7,932 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 569 feet. Willow Heights (elevation 8,507 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also a meadow and a wetland along the trail.
Willow Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"You’ll find quick and safe access to the Park City/Big Cottonwood ridgeline here, and a relatively safe area to ski—even when avalanche hazard is considerable. Signatures in USA Bowl are the envy of skiers at Solitude Ski Resort."
--Tyson Bradley, Backcountry Skiing Utah (Falcon Guides).
"The hike to Willow Heights is less trafficked than others in the area and a favorite for locals. It’s filled with wildflowers, colorful aspens, and an abundance of wildlife, and it leads to a secluded mountain meadow lake."
--Greg Witt and Rob Witt, Best Easy Day Hikes: Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides).
"A short, little-known hike to a high meadow and lake. Situated at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Willow Heights is filled with wildflowers and wildlife, and attracts few people."
--Greg Witt, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The trail to Willow Heights Pond provides a quick, pleasant outing when you want a short route, a quick climb, a picnic in a place of solitude, or a day with the kids. The trail runs through beautiful aspen groves, which makes fall an especially colorful time to hit the trail, and in summer the trees shade the route nicely. Don’t be fooled by the shortness of the route; it’s still a workout, gaining 600 feet of elevation in 0.75 mile. Enjoy the protected status of the conservation area, and keep an eye out for wildlife."
--Lori J. Lee, Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides).
"Willow Fork, or “the Willows,” is a generally low-angle and avy-safe backcountry ski area across the highway from Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s a lesser known but awesome place for either a short tour or an all-day yo-yo fest where you can ﬁnd open, low-angle bowls next to steep tree runs covered in well-spaced pines. Willow Fork also provides easy access to the Wasatch Crest, where you can ski into the north-facing and avalanche-prone West and South Monitor bowls. To the east of Willow Fork is USA Bowl, a marquee line where skiers at Solitude can look upon your backcountry powder tracks with jealousy."
--Jared Hargrave, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
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