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    Dog Lake via The Brighton Lakes Trail


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    The hike to Dog Lake via the Brighton Lakes Trail is a gorgeous, family-friendly hike in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National forest. This trail is a great place to see forest flora and fauna. Wildlife such as moose, deer, and porcupines are often seen strolling along this trail. If you are lucky enough to spot wildlife, do not feed them and be sure to give them lots of personal space.

    Route Description for Dog Lake via The Brighton Lakes Trail

    The hike to Dog Lake via the Brighton Lakes Trail is a beautiful trail that winds through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Despite the name, dogs are not permitted on this trail as it travels through a protected watershed. Swimming is not allowed in Dog Lake either. The hike up to Dog Lake is along a moderately steep path; proper hiking footwear or supportive running shoes are strongly recommended. Forest wildlife such as moose and deer are commonly seen along this trail. If you do catch sight of wildlife, do not share your food with them and be sure to give them lots of space.

    This hike is an excellent choice for families with kids of all ages as the trail up is well maintained and well-trafficked. The hike up to Dog Lake is beautiful at all times of the year; however, it is especially spectacular in the height of summer when the wildflowers are in full bloom and early fall when the lush forest transforms into a sea of gold and yellow leaves.

    From the Brighton Lakes Trailhead, follow the path south to an intersection of trails. Take the path in the middle, and follow it straight ahead for a quarter of a mile to a divide, stay left and continue south. A quarter of a mile past this divide, a trail will join in from your left, continue straight ahead to a split, take the right-hand path and head east for just 0.2 km to another divide. Take a left here and head down the short trail to Dog Lake.

    Take a rest and enjoy a snack at this beautiful spot before heading back out the way you came. If you are up for exploring more, you can continue heading east from Dog Lake to Lake Mary, where you can then branch south to Lake Martha and Lake Catherine or branch north up to the Twin Lakes Reservoir.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in Dog Lake?

    No, you cannot swim in Dog Lake as it is part of a protected watershed.

    Insider Hints for Dog Lake via The Brighton Lakes Trail

    • This trail can be buggy in the early summer, if you are hiking in late June or early July, don’t forget the bug spray!
    • Dog Lake can also be visited by hiking the Brighton Lakes Loop
    • This hike is sometimes confused with Dog Lake in Mill Creek Canyon

    Getting to the Dog Lake via The Brighton Lakes Trail Trailhead

    This hike begins at the Brighton Lakes Trailhead at the Brighton Resort east of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Route Information

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    • When to do:

      May to September

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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