Brighton Lakes

Location: Northern Utah
Trip Starts: Brighton Ski Resort
Trip Ends: Brighton Ski Resort
Total Distance: 6 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Lake Mary, Albion Basin Trails
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Wasatch National Forest
857 South Jordan Parkway West
South Jordan, UT 84095
(801) 999-2103


Lake Mary, Lake Katherine, and the Albion Basin are located a short distance from Brighton Ski Resort about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, and the chain of lakes also includes Dog Lake which sits about 500 feet off the Lake Mary Trail. This group of backcountry lakes are sometimes referred to as the “Brighton Lakes”, and the trails to these high alpine waters start their 1100′ ascent at the base of the mountain near the ski lodge.

After a gradual climb under the chairlifts and across the ski slopes, a spur trail to Dog Lake appears at the 0.5 mile mark. Moose are known to frequent this lake, but were spotted on our trip around Lake Katherine which is another mile up the trail. Beyond Dog Lake, the damn supporting Lake Mary comes in to view and it is the largest – and arguably the most scenic – of the four lakes. The hike then continues with a gradual climb up and along Lake Katherine to a bowl-shaped lake in the Albion Basin. This route can be done as either a day or overnight trip although backcountry sites are limited in this area.

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