Monday, April 16, 2012

Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon

One of our favorite hiking spots (well, walking spots in the mountains) is Silver Lake, up Big Cottonwood Canyon at Brighton Ski Resort.  We make the trip up at least two or three times per summer.  We learned last year, however, not to go too early. These pictures were taken mid-June!  

This is a great hike for introducing your younger children to nature. The trail is flat all the way around the lake and about half of it is a boardwalk.  It is even enough to bring your stroller.  Walking at a decent pace, you can lap the trail in about thirty minutes, but we like to take our time and look for squirrels or fish and admire the flowers.  

The views around the lake are fantastic, and there is usually a family of ducks near the shore.  There are also docks and (loosely defined) beaches great for fishing. 

Because the elevation is so much higher, it can be a little chilly up there, so don't forget a jacket.  But if you are like me, the ten degree drop will be a welcome relief from the summer heat!  And for convience sake, the visitor center has restrooms and a drinking fountain. 

The drive from the mouth of the canyon all the way too the top is about 20 minutes.  We spend the time with our eyes peeled for herds of deer, if we're lucky.  

If you go: 
 Most accessible between June and October
Hours according to Canyon Restrictions

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