Big Cottonwood Canyon: Brighton Lakes (to Lake Mary)

Location: In Big Cottonwood Canyon southeast of downtown Salt Lake City

Setting: Mountainous
Length: 2 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Change: 800 feet
Time To Allow: 1 hour
Season: June to October

How to get there:

If coming from north of Salt Lake City, take I-15 south to I-215 east. Head east to 6200 South exit. If coming from the south, take I-15 north to I-215 east to 6200 South. At the off-ramp get in the second lane from the right heading to 6200 south. Turn right and go south for 1.7 miles (6200 South turns into Wasatch Boulevard). You will see large brown signs leading you to Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Turn left onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and follow it for about 14 miles to the Brighton Loop. The loop is a large oval about 0.5 miles long. Traffic flows around the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. Turn right at the one-way sign and you will see the Silver Lake Information Center just ahead on your right.  If you need to make a stop, restrooms are on the left as you enter the parking lot. If not, continue up the road for another 0.5 mile to the Brighton Resort Lodge. This is the trailhead.