Cecret Lake Trail

EASY 327 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

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. Please note that there is extremely limited parking in the basin. You may have to park at the base facility area, and access Cecret Lake from the Albion Meadows trail.

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There was a lot of snow, mainly at the hairpin turns at the end, where it was pretty steep. Definitely recommend some crampons or snow shoes for that last part. The lake still had snow/ice on it, with some openings. I hiked from the beginning of the Albion Meadows trailhead and got there in about 1.5 hours. Getting back down was tough with that snow. But the lake was beautiful and I was one of two people out there. Just be prepared to traverse some steep snow at the end/when you leave.

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

Reached the lake with just enough time to enjoy the water and look for creatures before the sun went behind the mountain. Lake was all melted and snow surrounded it. Gorgeous! Glad I caught a rare quiet moment there.

Started at the closed gate at the end of Little Cottonwood road, went directly up the canyon and then on the ridgeline to the East. Lake is partially melted. Absolutely beautiful turquoise color. Sledded back down. Took about 3 hrs and 20 minutes RT (see my recording) 1200 ft elevation gain, about 3.5miles RT. Recommend ski poles and microspikes. Snow is melting fast, will be gone soon.

8 days ago

June 10 - road is closed getting to the parking lot. trail is still buried under 6+feet of snow. almost impossible to navigate, but we still gave it a go. We had to hike 45 minutes up the road just to get to the trailhead, then tried to hazard our way through the snow and stay on the trail. It gets STEEP... maybe not a big deal usually but with snow on the ground.. we were so worn out from wandering through snow we just couldn't go on. took us nearly 4.5 hours. would like to go back once the trails open and make it to the lake

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14 days ago

Hiked to the lake this morning from the Alta ski area; up through the Albion basin meadow, 5 miles RT. Needed spikes/cleats from the Cecret lake parking lot up to the lake. LOTS of snow. The lake is still frozen and covered with snow. A beautiful snow-melt waterfall above the lake.

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23 days ago

Planned a fun hike, didn't expect so much snow. We made the most of it and made a snowman. Wait for the snow to melt.
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25 days ago

road was closed up to parking area for snow and construction on lifts. so it was a no go. the construction guy said there were 20 ft of snow in the parking area lol so unless you have snow shoes it's no good

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1 month ago

may 12 .no trail covered by snow.

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2 months ago

Lots of hype for a semi-decent hike. Maybe it just wasn't the right day, but it felt drab. The hike was relatively short, and climbs sharply at the end. Regardless, it was a beautiful view of the Albion Basin.

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4 months ago

if you like rocks this is a net trail for you.
With its information signs and beautiful landscape this hike is a fun one for going solo or with others and makes for a great view of the setting sun. there were many people taking family pictures using cell phones as well as hired photographers.