We've done a lot of great hikes along the Wasatch Front, and this week we are featuring hikes to beautiful mountain lakes! Visit Utah's Adventure Family for directions to each trailhead. Be careful: Most lakes in Salt Lake's canyons are in a watershed, so you shouldn't swim.
Bell Canyon Reservoir: This is essentially an urban hike in Sandy. The hike is only .7 miles on a wide, well-marked trail. The reservoir feels like it is miles from the city.
Lake Mary and Martha: Beginning at Brighton ski resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this trail starts out a bit steep, but levels off and travels past Little Dog Lake, too. The RT mileage depends on the lake you travel to, so you can stretch this as far as 4 miles.
Mirror Lake: This lake is in the Uintah Mountains. It is a simple 1.5 mile loop right along the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Utah. The drive up to the lake is worth the trip!
Fehr Lake: Just down the road from Mirror Lake, you can avoid the crowds at Fehr Lake. It's only 1 mile roundtrip to this alpine lake which lies at elevation of over 10,000 feet.
Willow Heights Lake: This trail is in Big Cottonwood Canyon and leads to a small shallow lake. The trail is a steep 1 mile each way (2 RT).
Cecret Lake: It's pronounced Secret Lake, and it lies at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. This trail is very popular and leads to a high alpine lake. It's about one rocky, dusty mile each way.
Silver Lake: This lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon is one of our favorites because it is stroller accessible with a boardwalk that goes most of the way around. There are a lot of people that access this less than 1 mile loop.
Payson Lakes: For those of you a little farther south, try these lakes up Payson Canyon. You can walk right along the shore of several of the lakes, which feature wide trails and bridges. Bonus: You can swim or wade in this canyon!