Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Here is the gps data for this hike. Tim suggested that I make a list to fill in for each hike, and I think that would be really useful to anyone looking for a good hike. Any suggestions for fields to include?

Distance: 4.76 miles (to north side of the lake)
Elevation Gain: 1,526
Round Trip Hiking Time: 2 hours 6 minutes
Best Time of Year to Hike: A cool day in Sept-Oct.
Shade: 25% (It's all in the first half mile though, after that it's devastatingly sparse for a mid summer hike)
Baby Carrying Comfort: A little steep right below the lake and in a few other places, needed to walk carefully, didn't feel it was dangerous.
Overall Difficulty:  50%
Trail Pleasure Scale: 25% This was a bad time of year for this hike, it was really hot. The trail was gorgeous for the first half mile though where it was green and shady. It also had stunning views in the last third.

Destination Pleasure Scale (Tim came up the the wording of this one, I think it's genius): 70% The lake and surrounding mountains are gorgeous.

The only bad thing is the shore is muddy in most places and there is no shade to be found near the shore that isn't brush so it's tough to sit and enjoy it.
Dogs Allowed?: Yes.
Canyon Fee: $6

This hike was just Tim and I. I feel like there was a conversation I was going to include, but now I can't remember it. Conversation was a little less peppy than usual on a hike due to the scorching heat on the majority of the hike. We were both in get 'er done mode after the shady stretch.  The dogs were too. At least there were a couple of stream crossings where they could get wet.


  1. Your pictures always turn out so great! What kind of camera do you use? I'm lovin' all your informative hiking posts. Keep 'em coming!

  2. very slick presentation w map of this hike which is most informative and would save someone from wasting their time in mid summer.

  3. I like the new listing of pertinent facts and especially the info about shade.


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