Cecret Lake Trail

EASY 514 reviews

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.

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2 days ago

Saw beautiful moose

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2 days ago

Easy kid friendly hike. Beautiful wild flowers at the end of summer. Lots of people so if possible go during the day on weekdays

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3 days ago

I am not sure why this is marked as 'easy.' For those who grow up hiking, maybe it's easy for them. For newcomers to hiking, the beginning of the trail is relatively flat, but as the lake is at the top of the mountain, you will gain altitude and have to climb/walk through some rocky trails on the side of the cliff. If you aren't used to the altitude this can also pose an alternative challenge.

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11 days ago

Oh not 6

11 days ago

Easy

12 days ago

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14 days ago

I think this was given an "Easy" rating because it is short (if you start at the Cecret Lake trailhead). It has quick elevation change, especially near the end but it's like using stairs. Nice views and a pretty lake. Be ready to stop and wait in certain spots if you go in summer due to this lake's popularity. We went when there was construction, so we started at Albion Base, which added almost 3 miles round trip. Much of the trail from Albion Base was steep, which might warrant a "Moderate" rating. In fact, this hike from Albion Base was pretty similar to Horsetail Falls in length and elevation change (just a bit easier), and Horsetail Falls was given a "Hard" rating.

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15 days ago

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15 days ago

We did not wait for the shuttle to take us to the trail head so it was a longer hike - 5 miles in all. I would rate this more if a moderate hike for sure given the elevation gain. Nice hike to do once but I have definitely seen better? Not bad. Glad we did it once.

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16 days ago

Pretty hike! Easy too

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