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Brighton Lakes to Sunset Peak

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great six-mile out and back route with stunning views.

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6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

Out and Back

10,608' 3,233 m

High

8,773' 2,674 m

Low

1,837' 560 m

Up

1,833' 559 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

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Overview

One of the best features of this hike, is that it can easily be adjusted to accommodate shorter hikes. Though with the beautiful lakes and views from the top, it's unclear why you would want to.

Description

Park in the lot on the south side of the Brighton Loop Road if you can, as the trailhead is located here. Take the Lake Mary Trail up through the ski resort, under chair lifts and past ski runs. The trail crosses a creek near the junction with the Dog Lake spur trail and heads up the creek to Lake Mary. Lake Mary is a wonderful place to hang out for a bit, and even is a good turn around point if you are looking for a shorter hike.

If continuing on, take a left onto the Brighton Lakes Trail to continue climbing a rather manageable grade past Lake Mary, Lake Martha and Lake Catherine. Both Lake Martha and Lake Catherine, are also good turn around points if you are feeling tired.

From lake Catherine the grade increases as you hop onto Ridge Trail #157 and then Sunset Peak Trail. However, the effort to reach Sunset Peak is worth it as the views of the valley and Brighton Lakes are incredible.

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Photos

Sunrise from Catherine Pass.
Oct 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
Lake Mary and more rocky trail.
Oct 10, 2019 near Brighton, UT
Sunset Peak from Ridge Trail.
Oct 10, 2019 near Brighton, UT
Lake Mary from the south.
Jun 20, 2020 near Brighton, UT
Headed up to Catherine's Pass
Jun 20, 2020 near Brighton, UT
Brighton Lakes from Sunset Peak
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT

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Nov 4, 2020
Nik Mohr
Did not do the top
Sep 18, 2020
Ryan Sullivan
Very dry
Aug 16, 2020
Paul Sodano
8.1mi
Jun 2, 2020
David Tarr
great overall hike, 2/3 covered in snow, making the trail difficult to track all of the way up but great glissading on the way down! boots with tre… 6.1mi — 11h 00m
Mar 22, 2020
Nikki Denison
Oct 12, 2019
Yoshiko K