There are a number of spectacular hikes up Big Cottonwood: the Mill B South interpretive trail is paved, so great for kids and wheelchairs; the Lake Blanche trail starts from the Miil B trailhead just before the falls, and continues for almost three miles past glacier-scarred boulders up the fork to a stunning alpine lake; across road is the Hidden Falls trail and the Mill B North Fork, which offers great overlooks. At the top of the canyon are Brighton and Alta, both great skiing destinations in winter, but in summer they are equally beautiful.
Silver Lake offers a nature center, a boardwalk, and an interpretive trail which connects up with trails to Silver lake and Lake Solitude. But the real treat is the network of trails and alpine lakes (Lake Mary, Martha and Catherine are all simply breathtaking) above the Alta parking area. Expect to see deer, moose, beautiful wildflowers, and some of the most gorgeous scenery you'll see anywhere in the world short of the Swiss Alps.
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