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Silver Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (17)

A mildly strenuous hike up a beautiful valley to a high alpine lake.


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2.3

Miles

3.6

KM

Point to Point

8,964' 2,732 m

High

7,550' 2,301 m

Low

1,414' 431 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Seasonal Closures. Typically open early to mid-May and closes depending on snow. Most passenger cars will be able to make it up the dirt road from Granite Flat to the trailhead with care. Alternatively park lower and take the pleasant Silver Lake Flat Connector Trail.

Description

Start at the parking lot on the north end of Silver Lake Flat. Restrooms are located here along with Forest Service trail maps. Hike up the trail through a forest that alternates between pines and aspens. The trail crosses a small river that comes off of the high lake, take care to cross safely. Normally logs are placed across the small river but can occasionally become treacherous. Continue up the north side of the valley winding along the obvious trail through brush and aspens.

The trail eventually leads up towards the base of a small dam. Away from the trail, beaver may sometimes be seen in the several pools that stem off from the dam. This is a great spot to sit and spot wildlife.

Continue up to the lake, passing the dam. You're welcomed by a beautiful alpine view ringed by several high peaks, including White Baldy. After a nice break and perhaps a chilly swim, follow the trail back down to the parking lot.

*Note: snow will often be on the upper parts of the trail through Memorial Day. It is oftentimes passable, but plan ahead for it.

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful spring wildflowers and chokeberry. Mountain goats can often be seen in the area along with an occasional moose! Red-tailed hawks and golden eagles nest in the conifers. American robins and back-headed grosbeaks hide in deciduous groves. Also the once common boreal toads, now rare enough to be mentioned in a placard at the trailhead.

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Shared By:

ryanroper Roper with improvements by Matthew Kidd

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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Silver Lake, Utah.
May 1, 2015 near Alta, UT
Panorama of Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon
Apr 30, 2015 near Alta, UT
Silver Lake Flat
Jul 29, 2019 near Alta, UT
Tree clinging to the mountain side on the trail to Silver Lake
Jul 29, 2019 near Alta, UT
Waterfall fed by Silver Lake
Jul 29, 2019 near Alta, UT

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Aug 3, 2021
Kevin Heimbrook
Hiked with Richard and Emily, round trip. Had sandwiches at the lake, water was too cold to swim. Beautiful hike. — 2h 00m
Jul 31, 2021
Justine Ly
2h 00m
Aug 8, 2020
Isaac Lindstrom
Lots of people, it's a Saturday Didnt enjoy the dogs either. Fire pit & trash at the lake The views were amazing and cliffs surrounding lake were good 4.6mi
Jul 26, 2020
Seth S
great trail, nice moderately steep incline over the duration of the trail. Only real disappointment was the amount of dog pop in the first .5 to .7… 2.3mi — 3h 30m
Jun 13, 2020
Will Schott
Jul 16, 2019
Matthew Kidd
2.5mi — 2h 50m
Jun 17, 2019
Madeline Gabor
Sep 9, 2018
Enrique Sandoval