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Twin Lakes is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.

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Tequina A. (808)

Starting this trail from silver lake gives your body a minute to begin warming up before you hit the incline. Once on the trail you will find that for the inexperienced the trail may be a but difficult due to the quick elevation and incline of the mountain.

There are two trails up to the lake, one is very rocky and the second is a dirt path. They both end in the same place the dirt path just offers you the opportunity to hike the incline without scrambling over boulders so much.

Once to the "lake" I would suggest climbing higher past the little cabin looking feature and sitting on the rocks above twin lakes. the views are gorgeous and you can avoid some of the crowds scattered around the lake.

if the hike up didn't kick your butt keep going up the trail by the cabin. it will take you right up by evergreen peak and leads to some higher elevation views. unfortunately, if you hiking right now in july the higher portion of the trail is closed due to trail maintenance which also closes off the loop you can take to see lake solitude.

if you are a more experienced hiker getting to the trail should take no time at all. I believe it took the both of us 25 minutes. don't forget to enjoy the views of silver lake once you get up that first incline. if you still feel up for a hike when you finish I would suggest going up the hill and going to lake mary, she is beautiful!

Kristen E. (164)

Amanda Griggs (266)

6 Completed6 Reviews

I keep reading reviews that it was a super easy hike, but it was steep, and had very loose rock. My 6 and 4 year old completed the hike, but it was very slow going with all the rocks. The wild flowers were beautiful and breath taking views of Silver Lake. Twin lakes has a giant dam and the lakes are now one. It's still beautiful though. Lots of moose tracks along the way. I gave it 4/5 because of the beautiful views. My recorder also marked it at 3.2 miles and 807 feet elevation change.

Trent Brown (233)

14 Completed12 Reviews

Easy hike for the whole family. Our youngest (2.5) managed the hike as well. Gorgeous views. Lots of wild flowers and ground squirrels about. The lakes and surrounding mountains are beautiful, but the lakes have actually been turned into a single reservoir, complete with an ugly cement wall on the east end of the lake. Still very beautiful though. On our way back to the car, we completed the nature trail around Silver Lake. Next time we'll add in Lake Solitude to our hike.

Frank L. (142)

Did this on a Wednesday evening with a small group. Temps were in the 70's. Lots of folks up from the valley to beat the heat. Trail got congested at times and there were too many noisey young people. With that said it was a beautiful hike. Wildflowers are coming out along the trail as you approach Twin Lakes. Be prepared for mosquitos near the top. Nice to still see snow on the surrounding peaks.

Marcella D (655)

10 Completed10 Reviews

This is a quick, fun, scenic hike. We did the loop around to Lake Solitude. There is some trail maintenance going on so take care going down to Lake Solitude. There's a cute mom and calf moose hanging around Silver Lake.

Felix Hood (147)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Climbed this last night 5/29 - beautiful warm and sunny evening. Still light snow pack on some parts of the trail, but easily passable. Trail has a couple of steep spots, but nothing strenuous about this hike. Took me 40 mins tp get up at a very leisurely stroll, and 12 minutes to run down. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. Lake was 80% slushed/frozen over, but melting fast. See pics.

Corbin Stokes (12145)

226 Completed224 Reviews

This is a pretty steep and rocky trail, but the lake is really beautiful.

Alexandrea Anderson (630)

18 Completed9 Reviews

Beautiful trail for the family - the wildflowers were in full bloom along the way. The lake was serene and a nice payoff after the climb.

Cole Gleave (1349)

42 Completed2 Reviews

This is a great hike for a hot summer day. It rained on us. We saw an amazing rainbow from Twin Lakes. We also saw a bull moose grazing a the bottom of the Dam. There was a large variety of wildflowers. We purchased a book to help identify them at the Nordic Center for $15.

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