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Utah's Wasatch Hiking Trails

Brighton Twin Lakes
A Moderate Hike near Brighton With Possibilities for Extending the Hike
Brighton Lake Solitude
Hike Photo Gallery
  • Length: 2.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 720 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 9,480 ft
  • Trailhead: Almost the end of the Big Cottonwood Road, at the building that is the Solitude Nordic Center in the winter and a forest service information center in the summer. The trail starts on the boardwalked area around Silver Lake.

There are (at least) two ways to get to Twin Lakes: from the Brighton parking lot, or from the boardwalked trail at Solitude Nordic Center (Silver Lake). I usually end up doing a loop when I hike here, going up to the pass and back down the other way.

Start out on the boardwalk, and head to the right (going counter-clockwise). The first bit of the boardwalk is over marshy areas (unless the lake level is really high, which it hasn't been in a long time). You'll cross a small bridge that goes over a stream. You will probably see people fishing here, or at least see some medium sized trout in the stream.

After a little way, there is a fork in the trail; where the boardwalk continues around the lake, and a dirt path heads away from the lake. Take the dirt path. The sign says Lake Solitude and Twin Lakes . Take the left fork to Twin Lakes , and walk around Silver Lake and climb above it, continuing on up the mountain.

silver lake from above As you start to climb above Silver Lake, you will get a great view of it from above. The trail is a little rocky and scree-covered in places, so watch your step. You will wind your way up and onto a few of the Brighton ski runs before coming to the dam after about 1 ¼ miles.

Before the dam was built, the lakes were clearly 2 lakes, but now with the dam holding the water back, it is really just one big lake (unless water levels are low).

You can turn around here and head back, or stretch the hike a little more by heading up to the pass and down to Lake Solitude and then back to Silver Lake and your car.

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

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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