Brighton

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Hiking is certainly one of my family and I's favorite activity during the summertime. It's amazing how much more of Utah can be discovered only through a hiking trail. Over the past few years, we have discovered and tested out a variety of hiking trails. Some we have found to be simple strolls down the ski mountains while others have been long excursions through ancient caves. 

This summer, we decided to try out a trail at Brighton Mountain, about a 30-minute drive from Park City. Along with the Sundance hike (you can read about it here), Brighton is definitely one of my favorite hikes we have done here in Utah. 

Throughout the entire trek, you come across four lakes that are formed in the summertime due to the runoff snow. Although you cannot swim in them, the combination of white rock mountains, fields of wildflowers, and endless views of distant mountains ridges is wicked. Also, if your lucky, you may have a chipmunk come up and try to talk to you like Will and Mom did. 

In its entirety, the hike is roughly 4.5 miles. However, it's certainly not a stroll in the park as the first 2.25 miles are spent walking straight uphill. Obviously, once you've made it that far, it's all downhill from there (quite literally). Although I wouldn't recommend hiking Brighton with little children, I really didn't think the hike was that bad and of course, the views made it that much better. All in all, I would highly suggest checking out this hike if your ever in the area, just be prepared for some sore legs the next day!

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