Lake Solitude
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 miles One Way
  • Travel Time: 1-3 hours round trip
  • Elevation: 290' ft gain
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Lake Solitude is a little lake in a side canyon towards the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon inside the Solitude Ski Resort's boundaries.  It is one of the main sources of water for Solitude's snow making equipment during the winter.  There is also a closed up mine shaft just to the south west of the lake.

The Trailhead is located 14.2 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon at the Solitude Nordic Center at Silver Lake.  Silver Lake is a popular picnic and fishing area.  The forest service usually stocks the lake with fish before the 4th of July Holiday. As you drive up the canyon, the road splits into a one-way loop at Brighton.  The Nordic Center is on the right just after the split.  There's a parking lot there that fills up quickly on weekends, or you can park across the street at the Brighton Cafe.

The first part of the trail is the boardwalk around Silver Lake.  Follow it along the north side of the lake for .25 miles, until you reach a sign with a map and descriptions of the trail.  Head to the right.  A short ways past the sign is a junction to go to Lake Solitude or the Twin Lakes Reservoir.  Lake Solitude is again to the right. 

There are several other forks in the trail for mountain bikers, but they are marked with which direction you should go.  You'll pass under one of Solitude's Ski Lifts, through the Disc Golf Course.  The last 100 yards of the trail are the steepest part of the hike, but it's short and the little ones can make it up easily.

You can make this a loop hike by following the road on the west side of the lake up over the pass and over to Twin Lakes and back to Silver Lake.

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