We acknowledge that this trail is located on the traditional territories of Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) and Eastern Shoshone.
Large granite boulders and sloping peaks sprinkled with pines line this picturesque clear blue lake. Brighton’s green mountains are a constant backdrop to this trail. Smooth boulders surrounding the lake make for a perfect picnic, cloud-watching, and/or mountain snooze.
The first half of this hike is fully exposed and uphill–so be prepared for some sun exposure and a little sweat. Reminder that this lake is a protected water shed, so swimming is not permitted. Getting to this trailhead is straight forward–you'll drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon and park in the large lot at the base of Brighton Resort.
Since this hike is located in Brighton Ski Resort, the trail is not accessible in the winter. We suggest hiking this from June-August. This is a popular hike located in a busy canyon, so expect crowds on the weekends, or try for a weekday! Get an early start to miss the summer heat and the traffic heading into the canyon.