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Brighton’s Five Lakes Loop Trail
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Besides cooking, Davis Clipper’s very own recipe writer, Carol Hurst, enjoys her time in Utah. She jumps for joy above Lake Mary. Carol lives in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Steve Baker/Davis Clipper
Besides cooking, Davis Clipper’s very own recipe writer, Carol Hurst, enjoys her time in Utah. She jumps for joy above Lake Mary. Carol lives in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Steve Baker/Davis Clipper
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By Steve Baker
 

Clipper Staff Writer 

Start hiking at Silver Lake and take the boardwalk right for Twin Lakes trailhead. Watch for the junction for Twin Lakes and turn left. The first part of this hike is the steepest as you make your way to the lakes. When you see the dam, turn right to visit the lakes. After your visit, head back down and around to the other side of the dam. You hike up a service road and when you’re level with the dam, look for an unmarked trail on the left and take it. The trail smooths out, then drops below the chairlift to a boulder field. The trail follows the boulders next to the trees, then enters them, then switchbacks up for Lake Mary. You arrive at Lake Mary in 2.3 miles. This is a beautiful place to have lunch and rest before continuing your loop. You pass a cabin as the trail drops below the dam and comes to a junction, stay right heading up the other side of it. The trail leaves Lake Mary to views above Lake Martha. When the trail changes direction on a long switchback, watch for a faint, unmarked trail heading down for Dog Lake. This happens before the trail turns southeast. The trail is steep as it heads down toward Dog Lake. At the junction, go right and visit the lake. After your visit, backtrack and take the main trail down to the Brighton Center. When you come to the parking lot, hike the road back to Silver Lake. Jump for joy!

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation gain: 1,050 ft.

Round-trip miles: 5

Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

Dogs allowed: No

Trailhead restrooms: Yes

Trailhead directions: 

Drive to the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon and park at Silver Lake. Take the boardwalk to the right.

Hike questions: sbaker@davisclipper.com

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