Cecret Lake Trail

EASY 554 reviews

Cecret Lake Trail is a 1.6 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
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
449 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Catching up on some reviews, so recognize that I did this hike in early September. Went with some friends to hike this on Labor day. Quite possibly the worst day to do so. The parking lot closest to the lake was filled, so we had to park at the ski lodge. We could have taken a shuttle from there to the real trailhead, but the wait was 45min+, so we started our hike from there. Very sunny, hot, and exposed for most of it, so be prepared. Also, there were so many people! This would have been much nicer if the trail wasn't so backed up. Didn't stay long at the lake because of how many others were already there. Other than the heavy traffic, this would have been a nice, short, enjoyable hike.

2 months ago

The roads closed during the winter /:

4 months ago

Pretty lake, but it’s a super short hike

5 months ago

Cecret Lake is a beautiful place. One of my favorite hikes. In August this beautiful hike is home to thousands of wild flowers!

5 months ago

Beautiful lake and lovely hike. Summer wildflowers are stunning!

5 months ago

Really lovely. Very few people There when we went (2 days ago).

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Kids loved it! Rocky and a little steep towards the end with a lot of cut backs but otherwise fairly easy hike. I did it with my 25 pound 2 year old on my back and I'm not in great shape. My 4 year old made it up by himself as well with little to no help. We went Oct. 9th 2017 later in the afternoon around 3:30. We got up right before the sun went over the mountain and it got cold real fast.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful. Worth the short hike!

6 months ago

Short hike a little difficult at the end because it is steep and you are climbing rocks. Also it was snowing and freezing cold today 08-October-2017

6 months ago

Very short, but gorgeous lake!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy walk with beautiful views. Can see glacier smoothing of rocks.Was muddy in many spots because of recent snow.

7 months ago

Saw beautiful moose

hiking
7 months 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

hiking
7 months 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.

7 months ago

Oh not 6

7 months ago

Easy

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty hike! Easy too

hiking
7 months ago

The last bit is rocky, but the lake is lovely. Park at the entrance and hike up Albion meadows trail, lots of pretty wildflowers!

7 months ago

this hike is the perfect length for a quick day hike. we got incredibly lucky and saw a big bull moose at the lake, really an amazing sight!

hiking
7 months ago

AMAZING hike! Lots and lots of variety. We crossed streams, we saw lots of wildlife (2 moose, lots of squirrels and chipmunks)

We carried our 1 year old in a child carrier and our other 4 kids walked. Even our youngest, 4 years old was challenged but managed the entire way with a positive attitude. The lake the amazing, but the hike up was the real reward. As you go, don't be so eager to achieve the destination, enjoy the journey!

We went in late August, at 7pm. Got back to the car at dark, enjoyed the stars on the walk down (glad we brought flashlights!)

One more note: parking is a nightmare. Just be patient and wait your turn.

hiking
7 months ago

Two amazing moose at the top of the trail near Cecret Lake- largest bull I've ever seen and very exciting. The wildflowers are still very colorful and blooming so pretty.

hiking
8 months ago

it was a little crowded but the family enjoyed the hike.

8 months ago

We love this hike. Our 4 year old son enjoys it as well and only gets tired at the end. The rocky area is tiring for some - the lake and views are worth it! You can also tent camp at the base of it (get there early for general parking or for camping to get a spot).

8 months ago

Easy short hike. There's a bit of a steep incline right before reaching the lake but we were fine with a baby and toddler. Beautiful sights - there's a campground at the trailhead that is worth looking into if you want a place to camp out in Alta. Lake was nice and we saw salamander. The mountains around this area are pretty majestic.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful and peaceful night hike. Wonderful views.

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