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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.


Around the Area

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes is about a 1 mile hike (each way) with the trailhead branching off the trail around Silver Lake. And even though I would rate the trail has having a pretty good elevation rise (about 700 feet), I still saw many toddlers -- several on the shoulders of Dad -- making the trek on a recent Saturday.

The hike is reasonably family friendly with a gorgeous view of Silver Lake down below.

Twin Lakes


Photos of Twin Lakes.


Although Twin Lakes is a reservoir with no amenities, benches and picnic tables are provided at convenient locations along Silver lake with restrooms and drinking water available at Silver Lake.

For the more adventuresome trails lead from Silver Lake up to both Twin Lakes and Lake Solitude. The 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.


Aspen dotted trail on the way up to Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes 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).

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

Twin Lakes trailhead is located along the trail around Silver Lakes Even though drinking water is available at Silver Lake, there are no drinking fountains, etc. at Twin Lakes. (Taking at least 1-2 liter of water is advisable.) Mosquitos in the evening can be a challenge, so be sure to take insect repellant.

Silver Lakes as seen from the Twin Lakes trail.

Photos of Silver Lake from the Twin Lakes trail.

The trail view up to Twin Lakes is gorgeous with a wonderful view of the valley and meadow below.

Trail Sign along 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:

Meadow along the trail
the Lake

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