Any hike to a lake in Utah is lovely, but there’s something special about the trail to Brighton Lakes in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Maybe it’s the potential for seeing a mouse, the trailhead location that’s only 31 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, or the opportunity to recreate at a popular ski resort outside of the traditional time frame. In any case, the surroundings are striking, especially at any of the four lakes you can visit during the full hike of a 4.5-mile round trip. There are options to turn around at any of the lakes, depending on how much of an appetite you wish to create for a stop at Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant. That’s where a half-pound bison burger can reward your efforts.
Park at the Brighton Ski Resort to start your hike, and then drive three miles down Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant. The establishment has some fascinating history to go with a great menu. And there are a lot of other great hikes in the two Cottonwood Canyons.
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