About The Location
If you are looking for pictures at one of the most amazing and pristine lakes in the state, Silverlake in American Fork canyon is it! As far as I know, I am the only photographer to take bride & groom pictures at Silverlake, so if you can get your clients to go there, your pictures will definitely be unique.
You can only access Silverlake from memorial day to about November. After that the gate past Tibble Fork Reservoir is closed. If you or your clients are not in great shape, don't attempt to get here. There is a tough 1 to 1.25 hour hike up the side of the mountain to get to Silverlake, however I have seen 5 year old children doing the hike so maybe its just me. If your shooting a bride & groom session like I did, your clients have to be willing to carry their wedding attire up with them and then change at the lake.
There is a path that goes about half way around each side of the lake from the entrance point. I tried to, and did walk around the entire lake but it was very difficult without any path. Try to plan your trip on a non windy day, because the lake, when still as glass, looks incredible.
Parking is located at the north end of Silverlake Flats reservoir. There is a small parking lot here that always seems to be almost full. However you can park on the side of the road leading up to the parking lot if you cannot find a space. From there you will see the Silverlake trail head leading through the forest.
Visitors to American Fork Canyon are charged a $6 entrance fee that is good for up to three days. A week pass is $12 and an annual pass is $45. However, I recommend that you purchase a National Parks pass for $80 which covers more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country, including all the national parks. You can purchase one here.
Best Time of Day To Shoot
2 hours prior to sunset.
Best Time Of Year To Shoot
July through October.