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Utah's Wasatch Hiking Trails

Brighton Snake Creek Pass to Clayton Peak
A Moderate Hike at Brighton With Stunning Views
Brighton Snake Creek Pass
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  • Length: 4.3 miles round trip (pass) 6.1 (peak)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft (pass), 1991 (peak)
  • Highest Elevation: 10,080 (pass), 10,721 (peak)
  • Trailhead: Parking Lot at Brighton Resort

Brighton Snake Creek Pass This trail starts at Brighton Ski Resort, near the Majestic lift. There is a big sign, in the summer time, with a map of the area trails. Several trails take off from this trailhead, including the Dog Lake and Lake Mary Trail and the Twin Lakes Pass Trail.

Besides the beautiful scenery and wildflowers (in season) you will likely also see moose along this trail. Be sure not too approach any wild animals as they can be unpredictable.

The trail winds upward through a forested area and ends at the pass where ou can look over into the Heber Valley on the other side. If you have skiied at Brighton ski resort, it is cool to stand here and realize just how far up you have come and how much easier it is to get to this point in the winter on the chair lift.

Snake Creek PassFor those with more energy and more time, consider continuing on along the forest service road and up to Clayton Peak. The day we took this hike, as we were huffing and puffing up toward Clayton Peak, some forest service personel came cruising up in a golf car. We felt superior since we got all the exercise.

For more pictures from this hike, check out the Hike Photo Gallery.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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