Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Silver Lake Trail/ Twin Lake Trail

This last weekend I found a couple awesome trails I would love to tell you about. Normally I would give them their own post but these two are right by each other and I did them basically at the same time.
Starting first with the twin lake trail. This trail is awesome first because of the name, however you should know this is not for the faint of heart. I actually did this trail with my twin so there was no way that we were going to skip it. This is a dirt path with all the things that you can expect on a mountain trail. There are lots of rocks and trees which definitely gives it the fresh mountain feel. It is mostly uphill. Don't be surprised to see wildlife since its in the mountains.  It starts at around 8750 ft elevation but increases it all the way up to 9454 ft elevation. This is a great trail but its a little more difficult so be prepared when you do it, and don't shy on some water. Its a nice quiet trail and when you get to the lake it has a really nice view.
The other trail is the Silver Lake trail.  This trail is basically made up of a board walk. The only thing challenging about this trail is dodging the photographers and families as you make your way around the lake. If you want the path to be more quiet I would recommend coming around six in the evening, or possibly even in the early morning because thats when it started to clear out. The distance around the lake is about .8 miles. So this would be a great beginner/ intermediate trail, but regardless it is fun for everyone. Another great thing about it is the fact that since the elevation is higher it gives you a better cardio workout.
Just so you know you will find the Twin Lake trailhead branching off of the Silver lake trail. There are a few other trails in the area and over all it is a great area to visit and explore.
If you want to find this trail you drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the very top and you will see a sign about Silver lake in front of a parking lot.
Let me know what you think, and also let me know what trail you want me to feature in the coming weeks.