Cecret Lake Trail

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Cecret Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

no dogs

[IMPORTANT PARKING NOTE: Due to extremely limited parking access at Cecret Lake/Catherine's Pass Trailheads and to reduce congestion on the Albion Basin Summer Road and in the upper Albion Basin parking areas, it is highly recommended that hikers park in the Albion Base Area parking lot and hike the Upper Albion Meadows Trail or ride the free shuttle provided by the Town of Alta on weekends and holidays] A wonderful family hike to beautiful alpine lake in the Little Cottonwood Canyons Albion Basin. This is a very short hike to a beautiful alpine lake in the Albion Basin region near Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts. This area is very popular on summer weekends so parking may be difficult. Take the time to relax at the lake and take lots of photos of your family with the mountains as a backdrop.

20 hours ago

Love this hike in August when the wildflowers are in bloom.

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2 days ago

Very pretty. We went a weird way down but the hike up was easy to the lake was good. Good for family
and wanting a short hike

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4 days ago

Beautiful and peaceful night hike. Wonderful views.

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4 days ago

Great hike to do with the kids. We went early in the morning and got a great parking spot at the trailhead. The first part of the trail is in the shade, then the second half is in the sun on rocky footing. The kids loved scampering around the lake. The only drawback to this hike is the number of people on the trail and at the lake. It wasn't too bad when we got there, but, boy, it was crowded by the time we left!

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7 days ago

We started the hike at 6:30am on a Wednesday. There were plenty of spaces even when we finished around 9am. The parking lot isn't as small as everyone described; it fits at least 20 vehicles. The trail is a nicely paved path that runs through a gorgeous meadow. It isn't till about .6 miles in that it starts to get rocky and the incline begins. There's three quick switchbacks and you've reached the lake! I rate this trail moderate because of elevation and the rocky part. I just moved to Utah and I've yet to get used to the altitude.

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

I would rate this trail as moderately strenuous rather than easy. We managed to take a wrong turn but were thankful to avoid the main trail. After the fork to the private cabin, stay right rather than follow the small sign with the hiker on it. Go figure. Many crying children ruining the solitude. Please know your child's ability before attempting this trail. Parking is extremely limited. The lot was full by 10am on a Tuesday. The lake is beautiful and the waterdogs/salamanders are fun to see. The salamanders were the highlight for us!

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8 days ago

Beautiful views and the wildflowers were worth the wait to see. I wouldn't say the trail is easy, the trail is quite steep toward the end. Take some bug spray with you. Three out of the four of us couldn't make it up the last steep bit to actually see the lake due to physical limitations or age. Definitely wouldn't say this trail is for all skill levels. For us Cecret lake is still a secret.

Beautiful hike. Fun trail.

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9 days ago