Willow Lake is one of our favorite less crowded summer hikes. Tucked away up Big Cottonwood Canyon, it’s a beautiful trail surrounded by aspens, featuring big sky views, wildflowers, and a quaint lake to top it off.
The Willow Lake trail creates a figure 8. We recommend going to the right when reaching the first fork. When you get to the lake, you can continue on the path around it to finish out the figure 8, or you can stop by the lake and just head back down if you're strapped for time. We’ve done it both ways! Also, be on the lookout for moose, as we’ve seen them on this trail. Keep your distance, and give them room to roam!
We love this one best in the summertime! The rolling green hills and wildflowers are prime during this time– not to mention the grove of aspens is always top notch. We did this hike in the winter, but without snowshoes you’ll be doing a lot of post-holing. We recommend sticking to the Summer and Fall months when the snow is melted. We also recommend doing this one for sunset, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch some of Utah’s best pink clouds.