Lake Catherine (Little Cottonwood)

EASY 33 reviews

Lake Catherine (Little Cottonwood) is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, UT 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.

3.7 miles 1063 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

1 month ago

The map shows the trail head on the road. Go to the restroom the trail pick up is immediately across the road. Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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)

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail up the Alta side! Wildflower season is upon us!

hiking
4 months ago

Not difficult but some steep parts. Wildflowers were amazing as were the views!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike- good for kids.

4 months ago

nice hike. went to sunset peak.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Trail completely dry with no snow. Flowers just starting to bloom lower down the trail near Albion Basin. Not many flowers higher up the trail. Road still closed to the trail head and will open on July 1.

5 months ago

Most of the trail was still covered with snow. The view was worth the hike.

5 months ago

the access road was closed so you can't even get to the hike trail head yet! So, I guess it actually doesn't open until the end of June?

hiking
6 months ago