Silver Lake from Sol-Bright Trail

Lake Solitude Loop
Mill F

Big Cottonwood Canyon
Wasatch Mountains


          The Lake Solitude Loop Hike is a fun and entertaining trail. The route is very picturesque, visits several high alpine lakes. The only draw back is you spend most of your time hiking around a local ski resort. This means you are often hiking under and around ski lifts and this detracts from the wilderness feeling. The one bonus is you can often find some great booty dropped by skiers if you do this route just after the snow melts.

Circle of Friends:
          The Lake Solitude Loop Hike is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps.  If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Twin Lakes with Solbright Pass behind Hiking the trail to Lake Solitude

General Information:
          The Lake Solitude Loop is a nice hike in the Wasatch Mountains. The route visits three lakes. The basic loop is 4 miles around and will require approximately 3 to 4 hours. The route contains 880 feet of elevation gain.

          Navigation for this route is moderate. A GPS is useful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills are helpful. It should be noted that the USGS maps are not accurate for trails in this area. Numerous trails including the Lake Solitude Loop are not shown correctly. The trails are correctly located on the map provided. This route is suitable for beginners and rated 1 II using the Yosemite Decimal System.

          Big Cottonwood Canyon is within Salt Lake City Watershed, therefore special restrictions apply and are strictly enforced. No domestic animals (dogs, cats, horses) are permitted in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is accessible to all vehicles during the summer months. A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route.

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