Catching a Glimpse of the Moose of Silver Lake

Dated: 07/10/2018

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Not an experienced or die hard hiker? Looking for an easy trail for the family? Well look no further. Silver Lake Loop Trail may be just what you need. Utah is known for having some of the most glorious and unique landscapes in the world but many of us who live here don't take the time to truly experience them.

Silver Lake is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon just minutes from Downtown Salt Lake City. Just pull into Brighton Ski Resorts Parking lot and you can't miss it. The trail around the lake is just shy of one mile, most of it is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk complete with interpretive signs, benches, picnic tables, and fishing access points.

In July and August you can view some of Utah's finest Wildflowers. I have personally seen Shooting Stars, White Bog Orchids, and Elephantheads just to name a few. They tend to bloom earlier in the season.

My favorite time to visit is in the fall. The drive up the canyon is beautiful. The walk around the lake is nice and cool. A good chunk of the trail is not shaded so it can get a little hot in the Summer. It is a nice spot for a lazy canoe ride and some fishing.

Silver Lake is frequently visited by Moose who live in the area. I have not had one trip to the lake that did not include a glimpse of the local Moose. They are definitely not the most elusive creatures. They will stand in the wetlands just off the trail. So be sure to keep your eye out and your distance. Looks can be deceiving. They are not tame and can be unpredictable especially if they have a calf with them. So take your pictures from a distance and do not even attempt to take a Selfie with them. (I hate that I even have to warn against that).

Some other items to keep in mind:

Bring water bottles and insect repellant with you (There is a drinking fountain if you forget)

Do not pick the wildflowers

AGAIN, do not approach the Moose

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a Watershed so no Dogs, Cats, or Horses allowed.

If you are looking for something a little more exerting- there are several trail offshoots that take you up to Twin Lakes, Solitude Lake, and Brighton Lake. These are a little higher on the difficulty level. So prepare yourself with water, sunscreen, and good shoes.

 

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Jessica Cone

My name is Jessica Cone and I specialize in assisting home Buyers and Sellers throughout the Salt Lake Valley with an emphasis on Downtown Salt Lake City, The Avenues, Holladay, Sandy, Cottonwood He....

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