Silver Lake -- American Fork Canyon

Jason Bergreen


Granite mountain walls, lush vegetation and waterfalls are the landscape that leads to Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon. The trail begins at the already picturesque Silver Lake Reservoir and climbs a dirt trail peppered with boulders. It climbs mainly north, with east and west switchbacks. Aspen trees provide a bit of shade at the beginning and middle of the hike. There is an easy creek crossing about a mile in on the trail. The trail then turns left. In the next mile you will be able to see several impressive waterfalls, especially in the spring and early summer. The not-to-difficult hike ends at Silver Lake, a cool, clear green pool of water popular with anglers. Fee $6

Getting there: Take State Road 92 east to the mouth of American Fork Canyon in Utah County. After the fee shack, follow the road for about 5 miles and turn left at junction 144 toward North Fork. Go about 2 miles and pass Tibble Fork Reserve. Stay on the paved road for about another mile until you see a sign on the right for Silver Lake Reservoir. Travel the dirt road for about 4 miles to the parking lot.


-- Jason Bergreen

Region: Utah County

Destination: Lake

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 7,536 (trailhead, low) 8,949 (end, high) 1,413 (ch

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 3


First published 2010-06-27