Twin Lakes Trail

#20 of 199 trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Twin Lakes Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

2.1 miles 643 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips snowshoeing walking lake rocky no dogs
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Breck Tuttle
7 days ago

604 Completed465 Reviews

Nice out and back trail to a nice lake.

Joshua Swenson
21 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Tiffany L
2 months ago

18 Completed18 Reviews

Leah P.
2 months ago

Sanaul H.
6 months ago

its a great short hike not tiring at all !

Tiffany Draper
7 months ago

47 Completed23 Reviews

I love this trail! It's a very short hike, though a bit steep. Very doable, though. This would be great for kids since it's short and has beautiful scenery and great views all the way up. If you have time definitely take a walk around the whole lake. It's so beautiful! If you're looking to make a longer hike out of it there are a few trails you can connect with once at the lake and continue on to a few different destinations.

Barbara Muñoz
7 months ago

18 Completed12 Reviews

This is definitely bordering on moderate. While not long, the trail is consistently uphill and you'll be navigating scree and rocky ground much of the way. That being said, the scenery is gorgeous and the trail is certainly doable for all ages. There are lots of big boulders to sit on and enjoy the lake for a few minutes before heading down.

Noelle Fitzgerald
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This hike was really nice. Especially right now with the changing of the leaves. However I think it should be rated moderate not easy. The entire trail is up hill the entire way.

Lindsay Duensing
8 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Great short hike - a little steep but worth it. Some loose rocks/footing on the upper portion of the trail. We saw people of all ages hiking - so definitely do-able for kiddos and older folks!

The fall colors are incredible right now!! The aspens are bright yellow all the way up the trail and around silver lake! We were here a few days ago in the evening and saw tons of deer and a moose with her calf! No animals this afternoon though.

Lots of large fish jumping in the water at both silver lake and twin lakes.

Will definitely do this one again!

Jenn Chow
8 months ago

19 Completed12 Reviews

Awesome and beautiful!

Thal Wright
8 months ago

43 Completed38 Reviews

Lauren H.
9 months ago

Teresa Romney
9 months ago

51 Completed10 Reviews

Beautiful trail. We saw several deer, a young male moose, tons of birds, and cute ducklings at silver lake.
This trail starts at silver lake. Walk on the boardwalks to the far side where the trail heads for Twin Lake and Lake Solitude are.
The trail to Twin Lake is pretty steep the whole way, but not too terribly bad. Currently it is one lake (or reservoir) even though lots of maps show it as two. I guess when the water is lower there is a rocky divide between the two.
You can continue on to Lake Mary on a small trail the diverges at the opposite side of the dam. If you continue on the larger road/trail it will take you up Mt. Millicent to the top of the lift. I don't know where it goes after that because it is super steep and we turned around.
There's tons of beautiful views, wildlife, and wildflowers.

Krista Minor
9 months ago

21 Completed11 Reviews

A little steep but not bad. Beautiful lake, great place to throw rocks in the water and at stuff (according to my husband). Saw 4 or 5 deer

Krista Minor
9 months ago

21 Completed11 Reviews

Tequina Adams
10 months ago

59 Completed3 Reviews

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.
10 months ago

Amanda Griggs
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

18 Completed14 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.
10 months ago

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.