Willow Heights / Willow Lake Trail

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The Willow Heights Trail is located up Big Cottonwood Canyon. From the mouth of the canyon, travel approximately 11.6 miles to the trail head. Once you pass the Silver Fork Lodge look for a curve warning sign located on the left side of the canyon road. The trail begins just to the left of this sign.

Willow Heights / Willow Lake Trail

The hike to Willow lake is considered a family friendly hike, however the first part of the trail is nothing but elevation gain. It then levels off a provides an easy walk around the lake. The scenery and views along this hike are beautiful. The trail meanders its way through groves of aspens and pine trees which makes it a very popular hike in the fall when the aspen leaves are changing to a bright gold color.

Willow Lake Activities:

Hiking is the main activity in the area, but backcountry camping is also allowed. Of course, if you plan to do this hike, bring your camera not only for the photos, but the opportunity to see the Moose and the other wildlife that frequent the lake.

Best Times to Visit:

Willow Heights / Willow Lake Trail

Summer and fall are the most popular times to hike the Willow Heights Trail. For those that enjoy winter activities this trail would be excellent for Snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. This trail is popular and offers limited parking. For less people and more parking, hike during the week.

Trail Stats:

Trail head 11.6 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon

2 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 600 Feet

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