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DEER VALLEY — The Silver Lake Trail takes hikers over a steep and diverse trail with clear views of the valley below.
This trail takes hikers through aspens and pine trees, offering shade, but as it crosses over ski runs, the view opens up for panoramic views of Jordanelle and the surrounding foliage as it changes colors.
The hike begins just off the ski lift at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley. The trailhead that heads right into the trees is clearly marked with a square white sign. The trail is easy to follow for the most part, though just past the halfway mark, the trail meets a dirt service road. Continue left on the road and follow it until it meets up with the trail, which is marked.
Once hikers get off the road and back onto the trail, the shade ends, but the views make up for the loss.
- Distance: 2.25 miles one way
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate (strenuous up, easy down)
- Elevation Gain: 1,300
The trail winds around the mountain, taking hikers to the top, where several lifts stand. Deer Valley offers complimentary lift rides back down to the trailhead on the Sterling Express during the summer season. Fall hikers will have to head back the way they came, which is not as well-marked coming from the top and intersects with the Ontario Canyon Trail.
Visitors can park at the Silver Lake Village.