Summer at Brighton
Beat the heat with a trip to the mountains
VISIT US THIS SUMMER. The Wasatch Mountains are breathtaking in the summer months. Enjoy a drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike, fish, play disc golf, and spend the day at Brighton Resort.
Hiking at Brighton
There are a number of hiking trails for all ability levels at Brighton. The Silver Lake loop trail, good for all skill levels, is 0.9 miles roundtrip with the trailhead across from the Brighton Store. The Lake Mary trail is a moderate 2.6 mile out-and-back hiking trail. The trailhead is located to the right of the Brighton Center.
Fishing at Brighton
You have options when it comes to fishing at Brighton. From chasing brook trout with the kids at Silver Lake to chasing tackle-busting lake trout up at Lake Mary, there's something here for everyone. Come relax lakeside and give it a cast or two.
Nothing quite says summer in the mountains like a few rounds of disk golf. Visit The Brighton Store during store hours to pick up a scorecard and course map. The disk golf course kicks off near the Alpine Rose Deck.
The Flea Market
The Big Cottonwood Canyon Flea Market takes place in the Brighton Parkinglot every Sunday from early June through mid September. Come enjoy shopping for unique items in the crisp mountain air, enjoying a burger and a beer while you're at it.
Brighton is home to a colorful array of wildflowers in the summer, typically reaching peak bloom in July. Visitors can appreciate the beauty of the wildflowers from any of our hiking trails — just please don't pick them. Wildflower enthusiasts can also take part in the Wasatch Wildflower Festival each year.
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Things to Know
- Bathrooms: Brighton's facilities are closed during the summer months. Public restrooms are available for use at the Milly Chalet.
- No dogs are permitted in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
- Please respect the local wildlife and keep your distance. We also kindly ask that you do not pick the wildflowers.
Community Involvement & Events
Brighton is passionate about our community and preserving our precious ecosystem. We host multiple community events and volunteer days each summer, such as:
- Hike With an Arborist: Join a certified arborist from Tree Utah as we hike around the resort and learn how to identify tree species. The presentation focuses on the past and future health of our forest. There is also an opportunity to clean up our trails while you hike. We welcome participants of all ages with beginner to intermediate hiking ability.
- Community Clean-Ups: Clean up your favorite ski run! During these events, we split up to cover various sections of the resort to clean up waste left behind by skier activity. Bags and gloves are provided. This is a great activity for kids and we welcome hikers with beginner to intermediate hiking ability.
- Invasive Weed Management: Spend the morning amid the wildflowers removing invasive plants that threaten our beautiful mountain ecosystem. Work closely with volunteers and staff from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation to learn about plant identification and protecting the local environment.
- Tree Planting: Gets your hands dirty planting species of trees meant to withstand the hotter and drier weather of a changing climate.
- Tree Rescuing: Help rescue trees threatened by ski traffic on ski runs by transplanting them to safe nurseries where they can grow and thrive.
To learn about our events and register in advance, please visit our Eventbrite page.