Want a way to escape the Salt Lake Valley’s 100-degree heat? Try Mirror Lake, where upper 60s, alpine forest and cool lake waters await.

And to think it’s just an hour drive from most points in the Salt Lake Valley.

This reporter’s visit had the added benefit of ... wait for it ... rain! A middle-of-the-night storm brought cold rain to Mirror Lake. And those 70-degree nighttime temperatures in the valley? How about trading them for, would you believe, low 40s at the 9,000-foot-plus Uinta Mountains’ retreat.

Mirror Lake