We will be passing through the area, and would like to do a short hike or loop around a lake (either Silver Lake or Lake Solitude?) as well as have a meal (breakfast or lunch) at Silver Fork Lodge. What's the best way to structure this outing, if we only have 3-4 hours to play with?
Great Idea: My recommendation is to drive up to Silver Lake first. It is not only convenient, but also popular (was there last Sunday... lots of people)! If you go during a week day, it should be less crowded. To relax, drive back down to Silver Fork and enjoy a meal on the open air deck. Enjoy the views and hummingbirds!! This is one of my favorite drives, perfect way to get out with friends or family and can be done in three to four hours. Enjoy!!!
Park at the Solitude Nordic Center or across the street if the parking lot is full. Hike Silver Lake and Lake Solitude (3.3 miles). The hike usually takes me and Luke (my 2 year old) 1.5-2 hours round trip. After the hike head down the canyon and enjoy Silver Fork (deck seating is best). Silver Fork is a popular stop so I would consider making reservations or stopping by during slow hours 1:30-5pm.
The great thing about our mountains is they are 'close'. You can leave downtown Salt Lake and be in Brighton in 45 minutes.
It gets hot so it is best to plan an early hike and take water. Fairly easy hike for either.
Enjoy the mountains!
Start early in the morning by driving all the way up to Brighton. Park at the Solitude Nordic Center (next to Brighton ski resort) and go for a hike. Depending on your time and ability, both, Silver Lake and Lake Solitude are easily achievable. That should provide sufficient time to have lunch just after the hike, before heading back down the canyon.
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