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Lifestyles in Salt Lake Area


James Spruell, Ph.D.

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Healthy living, community involvement, and an active lifestyle are important choices that we make on a daily and weekly basis

The Salt Lake City area has a number of wonderful locations that provide hiking, backpacking, stream fishing, and camping. Big Cottonwood Canyon is a popular destination with easy access from 215, and includes Donut Falls, Ledgemere Picnic area, Silver Lake, and many others.


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Silver Lake

Silver Lake is a family friendly area with picnic tables, fishing (with a Utah State fishing license), and hiking for a great summer outing. On a typical Summer Saturday morning families with toddlers, even babies in strollers, can be found enjoying the 3/4 mile (approximate) walk around the lake.

Silver Lake


Photos of Silver Lake.


Benches and picnic tables are provided at convenient locations along the lake. Fishing piers are scattered around the lake with connections to the boardwalk / trail. Restrooms and drinking water are available at the trailhead with parking immediately in front of the lake. The trail is handicap accessible.

Hiking, backpacking, and fishing are popular activities. For the more adventuresome trails lead up to Twin Lakes and Lake Solitude. Both paths are well marked with an approximately 700 feet in elevation gain. Both trails are about 2.5 - 3 miles round trip from the parking area at Silver Lake.

Please note: the area is a part of the Salt Lake City Watershed and no domestic animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) are permitted.


Silver Lake Picnic area

Silver Lake is located approximately 14.2 miles from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (intersection of Wasatch Blvd and Fort Union Blvd.) I almost always take the 6200 exit off the 216 Beltway to South Wasatch Blvd, and then to Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (190).

Silver Lake is located near Brighton Ski Resort, and can be 'Googled' for more specifics on how to get to the lake.

The stroll around the lake is 'easy' with only a slight elevation gain. Even though drinking water is available at the trailhead, taking at least 1 liter of water is advisable. Mosquitos in the evening can be a challenge, so be sure to take insect repellant.

Wet Lands at Silver Lake


Silver Lake has some beautiful wetlands, and provides a boardwalk to protect the ecology. On the far side of the lake the boardwalk turns into a dirt path, but is well marked..


Boardwalk at Silver Lake

For the more adventuresome, lots of interesting formations are located in adjacent areas. Camp sites are located lower down Big Cottonwood Canyon Road as a part of the Wasatch National Forest Campgrounds.

A couple more examples:

Trail at far side of lake

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