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Cecret Lake from Albion Basin is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mounthaven, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,213 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (0)

Users have reported that during winter and spring the gravel road leading to the trailhead might be closed.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (341)
Photos (811)
Recordings (252)
Completed (1044)
Brennan Albrecht
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Tough but not very technical. Great views at the top!

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Brad McNeil
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Hiking

Beautiful wild flowers and wild life. Get there early as it gets busy.

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Molly Tague
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Hiking

Wildflowers were beautiful and saw 3 moose!

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Odette Lyons
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Hiking

This was a good hike but steep in many places. The last part to the lake is very steep and rocky, a little more difficult than I was expecting it would be. The lake is beautiful and clear.

Grace Obe
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Hiking

Great trail. Steep at points but people of all ages can get it done. It ended up being 6mi total.

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Shahaf Ardi
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Hiking

Good trail, sandals friendly, lake is nice. The climb is pretty decent and challenging. Lots of people on the trail. Save the $8 and do this instead on the short one. Follow the app, a few spots where the path may be confusing.

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Victoria Espinoza
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Hiking

Such a beautiful hike

Maureen Richey
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Hiking

This is the longer trail and yes it is well worth it. You will see some of the most beautiful wild flower meadows ever. Depending on the time of day you go you will get some bugs up at the lake. There is a moose family if you’re lucky you’ll see them all like me. We saw a total of 4 on this trail including a mom and baby, just be cautious not to get too close. The views, the lake are amazing.

Angie Carrera
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HikingNo shadeRocky

A lot of people this morning, beautiful flowers all over, we saw a moose and her baby, We saw a marmot (the biggest of the squirrel family) but I wouldn’t go back to this trail

Hannah Christensen
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Hiking

Great trail! Completed it in about 2 hours. Super super busy on a Sunday mid morning. If you’re concerned about social distancing I would go at the less busy time (early morning 5-6am).

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Brooke Vincent-Lewis
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Hiking

Great trail, wide for the most part making it good for physical distancing. A bit rocky near the top. Beautiful flower scenery.

Mary Gist
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike. We parked before the pay station and it was about 5 miles in and out. Little shade but it’s about 20° cooler in the basin than the valley. The wildflowers are worth the drive and hike.

Annette Lazarte
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous wildflowers, one of the best places in the area to see them. We started at 7am, made it up to Cecret lake and back down by 10:45 easily with 7 kids in tow. We saw 3 moose, two along the Cecret Lake trail and one swimming in Cecret Lake. Note: No dogs. No swimming/wading. Watershed.

H Smith
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HikingGreat!

Amazing flowers right now! (July 2020) Keep an eye out for moose and remember to give them at least 50 ft of space.

Adrienne Burger
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Incredible flowers right now! The trail isn't too busy until it meets the cecret Lake trail from the campground. So the first part was enjoyably sweet and peaceful. And it smells like forest. I'd live there if I was allowed. fyi no swimming or wading at the lake.

Vanita Jain
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Hiking

Great trail. Maybe 20% shade . We went of the marked trail after the alfs restraunt but kept the map open so we could get back on trail if needed. Loved the elevation gain as it got the muscles working. I am in poor physical shape so it was a work out. Saw a moose family and full Bloom flowers.

Ashleigh McMahon
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. We’d done this with our kids starting at the campground- but taking the extra time to do the hike starting at the Basin is definitely worth it!! The flowers were gorgeous. Lots of squirrels, chipmunks and potguts. Many people had mentioned bugs- but we didn’t seem to have that problem this morning. We started the hike about 9am. Will have to agree with other reviews- this is a heavily populated trail. I’m not as freaked out with the COVID thing so wasn’t bothered by others passing me on the trails- but if you are nervous about distancing- this may not be the trail for you. It’s really busy. Other than that- enjoy!!!

Kaitlyn K
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Hiking

Trail gets 5/5 stars. The wildflowers are the prettiest I’ve ever seen. The crowd get 2/5 stars. It was very busy and hikers weren’t always the most courteous when allowing for social distancing.

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Michaelann G
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HikingGreat!

Exactly what I wanted on a Monday off work. Cecret Lake itself is gorgeous and clear. Per other reviews, yes, the wildflowers are out! And starting from Albion Basin per this map will give you even more flowers than starting further up, as others have said. And the salamanders were super cool. I had the best luck finding them in the deepest, most shaded parts of the lake (to your left when you arrive). I was a little uncertain if I was on the right path after walking up the road past the guard station to reach the trail head. Just keep following the road up about 5-10 min and there will be a gate clearly marked. Overall this trail is extremely well marked and maintained. For those saying the trail was very steep/not shaded--that led me to believe that it was going to be like hiking the Y, which was not at all accurate. I would say it's closer to Stewart Falls. You go in and out of shade and steepness, until the last quarter mile or so when it does get steeper and hotter, but the lake comes up quick and it's so worth it. Personal fitness: Age 32, female. I bike 3-6 miles a few times a week, hike once a month or less. Trail difficulty: definitely a solid moderate. Not too hard, not too easy; just in that sweet spot. I went Monday morning around 10 am and it was well trafficked. Would hesitate to do this trail on a weekend during COVID.

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Katlin Kinsley
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Hiking

Beautiful wildflowers and beautiful views. However, extremely busy.

Paulina Gudgell
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HikingBugs
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Rebecca Aaron
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HikingBugs

I hiked this trail yesterday (24 July 2020), and the flowers seem to be peaking right now. It’s uphill almost the whole way, with a few steep bits. For someone who’s mostly sedentary and new to hiking, this was a difficult hike. I didn’t mind stopping frequently to catch my breath because there was so much to look at. The trail is wide enough for people to pass if needed, so I never felt rushed. Most of the hike is in direct sunlight, so wear a hat and sunscreen. I wore regular tennis shoes and did fine because I was extra careful, but I’d definitely recommend wearing hiking boots. I wish I’d worn bugspray! I’m sure someone else has said this, but please note that this trail is not accessible. Most of it’s wide enough for a wheel chair, but it’s rocky with unpredictably steep spots. That being said, there were lots of kids and older people on the trail. It’s probably still doable if you have knee or ankle problems, but you’ll have to go slowly to prevent injuries. We chose to park before the toll booth and walk down to the trail near the restaurant park lot. 10/10 would recommend! This is where most of the wildflowers were! The wildflowers are the stuff of dreams. There’s no way to overstate how beautiful the fields are. If you’re thinking about going, go ASAP. Animals spotted: 4 moose (2 lady moose hanging around a fellow with big antlers, and later a solo guy with smaller antlers), 1 deer, a happy little hummingbird, a TON of chipmunks and marmots, and a hawk (not sure what kind). The lake has a bunch of teenager tiger salamanders who are still partly in the larva phase. I thought they were fish at first and then noticed the feet! They look a little bit like swimming lizards or yellow/green axolotl. Kinda freaky, but still super cool.

Bailey Touhuni
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Hiking

I loved this trail! Make sure you follow the signs they have posted around to make sure you’re going the right way. There is beautiful wildflower blooming at the beginning of the trail. Me and my family saw parking lots on the way up there, but have no idea how to get there. If you do start off where the parking is higher up on the trail you will miss the wildflower fields. The very very very last part right before you get to the lake is the trickiest part of the trail. Definitely worth it! We left at 8am, stayed at the lake for about 30min and got down around 12:30 (We did make quite a few stops). All in all it’s a TRUE moderate hike and I would definitely go again!

Robin Lange
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Hiking

The high mountain meadow of your dreams. We took this hike on a whim after driving up to Alta. Wow!! The flowers are incredible- wide easy trail. Go late afternoon to sunset. Best happy accident ever.

Hannah Hannah Jewess
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Hiking

Beautiful quick hike, lots of wildflowers and a wide trail, easy for social distancing :)))

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Nicole Holloway
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This hike was beautiful (but busy!). We arrived at 8 am, and the parking past the guard shack was already full. That being said, the additional mile it added from and to the car wasn't bad. The hike through the basin was beautiful with the flowers in bloom, and relatively easy for our four small children. The second half of the hike to Cecret Lake was quite a bit more difficult for our kids, as the last half mile is uphill and rocky, but we made it! For our family it was a moderate, but doable hike.

Bobby Bruggeman
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful wild flowers right now and moose right next to the trail (so be careful). Started around 4pm so there weren't too many people out and it was nice and hot! If you're going pretty quickly this hike should only take a little over an hour and a half depending on how long you spend at the lake. However, we continued from Cecret lake up to Baldy and then down to the Rustler Lodge via Collins. It is a little steep taking the ridge trail up Baldy, but worth it for the views. Going down Collins is pretty steep, but the wildflowers make it worth it. Tons of fun and about 8 miles and all and the round trip took about 3 hours.

Cody Salyer
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HikingGreat!

Was warm but not too bad, everything was great though it did get pretty packed with people on the switchbacks going up to the lake at the end.

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