Lake Catherine (Little Cottonwood) is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking and is accessible from June until September.
The map shows the trail head on the road. Go to the restroom the trail pick up is immediately across the road. Beautiful hike.
Good trail for beginners. Great views of surrounding area. Went beyond Lake Catherine to Sunset peak. Hiked through the snow and reached around 10,500. Nice trip back to car.
Very nice hike, and a bunch of friendly fellow hikers along the way! A little rough to finish for my four year old boy, but he was a trooper, and finally quit about 3/4 of the way down. All in all, a great afternoon.
This was a great moderate hike for the whole family! While we had to take a few stops along the way, our four year old completed this trail all the way to the lake and back (most of the way). The weather was perfect and we were even treated with the surprise of a massive bull moose.
Absolutely beautiful hike with wildflowers everywhere! Took my 10 yr old niece and we both enjoyed it. Once at the summit we hiked down to Lake Catherine, saw two moose, one female, one male. Took the small trail around the pretty, yet small lake, had fun skipping rocks. Took us about an hour & 1/2 to get there (taking our time) and 40 minutes back.
would have been a 5, but i like a less trafficked trail. wildflowers were beautiful. hiked with a group of kids (3-6 yo) and they managed to make it down to the lake. super fun day, beautiful little Lake. would have been a 5 with fewer people and maybe the ability to go for a swim... (watershed)
My wife and I did the trail with our 8 and 10 year old and my mother in law. We hiked from the lower parking lot at Alta's base up through the lower meadows and joined the trail at the upper parking lot. The ~3 mile hike up took us just over an hour and a half with lots of stops.
The trail was fairly busy compared to previous times we have hiked this trail due to a holiday weekend.
Took the Albion Meadows Trail to the trailhead, it probably added a couple of miles. The map is a little off - the map shows a trail that has been closed for restoration. During the first half mile, there is a left turn that the map does not show. There are signs at Alta, at least small ones, follow those.