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Lake Mary

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One of my favorite hikes is to Lake Mary up at Brighton. It is such a beautiful lake!

The trail begins at the Brighton Ski Lodge and the trail goes mostly right under the lift, with a few switchbacks. Near the end of the trail it heads to the right up to the lake. It is a bit steep, but even young children can do it if you take breaks. There are a few large rocks along the trail that the kids love to climb on.

It is moderate, but there isn’t much shade, so plan accordingly. This is the hardest part of the whole hike, so don’t get discouraged. Just before that pile of boulders, the trail will head right up through the pines.

Near the end, after you get more into the pines the trail heads off to the right. You will see a sign that shows the tiny detour to Dog Lake. It is more of a pond, but since it doesn’t add much time, it’s still worth a stop if you have time.

Return back to the path and continue up to Lake Mary, the real show-stopper! If you are here in June-September, you will probably see wildflowers along the path.

Don’t forget to look behind you for views too!

Sometimes that last section walking up has a bit of water along the trail, but nothing you can’t step over.

Soon you will get to picturesque Lake Mary. It is big and beautiful! It looks a little different each time depending on the sky.

Some years this hike is best with micro-spikes until after the 4th of July. This is from mid-July 2019. In 2020 and 2021 the snow has melted more quickly, so most of the snow has already melted by mid-June.

Lake Mary is a bit of an incline, but such a beautiful destination. If you want to continue up to Lakes Martha it is only an extra ten minutes round trip. Martha is a bit more like a pond.

Lake Martha

The highest of the “Three Brighton Sisters” is Lake Catherine. If you go to all three it is called the Brighton Lakes Trail. From Lake Catherine you can also continue up to Sunset Peak, Mt. Tuscarora, or Mt. Wolverine. You can also head over to Twin Lakes along this trail.

Here are a few more of beautiful Lake Mary!

Lake Mary

Stats: Distance – 2.6 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 849 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks,
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – June-October
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – None

Other nearby hikes are Lake Catherine, Twin Lakes, Lake Solitude, Silver Lake, and Willow Heights.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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