Brighton Lakes with Silver Lake & Lake Solitude

07/07/10 23:18

Yesterday we bagged 6 lakes in the Brighton Basin. This compromises two hikes in our guide, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City, but since there is another Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon and we did them both in the same day, I thought I'd put them in the same post.

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We started at the Brighton Silver Lake, which is a marshy lake right off the parking lot, with a boardwalk/trail that surrounds the lake. There were lots of people fishing.

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Here's where the trail splits to go to Lake Solitude.

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I was surprised to see Lake Solitude was little more than a big pond.

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There's my love.

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We met this begger at the end of the Lake Solitude trail.

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On the way back to Silver Lake, passing under one of Solitude Resort's lifts.

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Back to Silver Lake, continuing around back to where we started.

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The boardwalks over the lake remind me of Cascade Springs. We're through here for the day.

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On the other side of the Brighton Loop is the trailhead to Lake Mary, Dog Lake, Lake Martha and the 'crowning jewel of the trail' Lake Catherine.

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You head up under the Brighton Lifts at the head of the trail.

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Here's where we take a short jog over to Dog Lake, named for the Water Dogs (a native salamander).

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Dog Lake, another big swampy pond.

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Continuing on we cross this waterfall/cascade on the way to Lake Mary.

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Lake Mary is made larger with this dam.

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Most people stop here at Lake Mary.

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Another begger. Dixie gave in and offered him some peanuts.

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The trail continues above Lake Mary.

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Not far and you come to Lake Martha.

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Dixie liked the stand of pines in the middle of the lake.

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Looking down on Dog Lake from an overlook.

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And back on Lake Mary from the same overlook.

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This trail would have led around to the far end of Lake Catherine but we got stopped by snow. So we had to find an alternate route.

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Catherine from the first trail we took.

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OK. We made it to Catherine.

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Coming back, there's Dixie's stand of pines.

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Back to Mary.

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The sun is getting low and the shadows of the lovers long.

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