The consideration Thursday night was whether we trailer the horses up to Tibble Fork Reservoir and ride up pass Silver Lake Reservoir and up to Silver Lake or whether we hoof it on our own two feet. Needing more miles under my shoes, we drove up the Silver Lake Reservoir, threw on our packs and made our way to Silver Lake and then onto Silver Lake Glance, a small lake that is .8 miles above Silver Lake.
- Parking Lot - As soon as you step out of the car at the trailhead north of Silver Lake Flats, you’re immediately surrounded by world-class mountain scenery.
- Beaver Ponds The Trail from the parking lot to the beaver ponds is relatively flat. You follow Silver Creek through Quaking Aspen. The beaver ponds are to the right.
–>Miles from trailhead:0.4mi Elevation gain:180ft
- Silver Lake- You cross a shallow, slow moving stream just after passing the beaver ponds. The only other significant stream crossing of the hike come a half mile later, but there’s a log you can walk across. The trail climbs steadily toward the last shelf you see to the west. The upper water fall is actually the drainage from the lake itself. This lake is stocked with fish and has has a few good camping spots.
–>Miles from beaver ponds:1.7mi (2.1mi) Elevation gain:1280ft (1460ft)
- Silver Glance- From Silver Lake head north, following the ridgeline to the right of Silver Creek. There’s no trail, but you’ll run into Silver Glance after 0.7 mile if you continue following that ridgeline.
–>Miles from Silver Lake:0.7mi (2.8mi) Elevation gain:900ft (2360ft)