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As of October 30 Cecret Lake Trail is closed. In fact, the only road to the trail is closed for construction.

three fourths of the trail is spot-on with the routing and I went all the way up Mount Baldy and tried to go down on the North side I couldn't find the trail and it looked pretty sketchy to me, so I'm not sure how the previous people below were finding the route cuz it wasn't apparent to me where the route was and it just look like tons of bouldering fields and trees and you kind of had to like figure it out as you went. I ended up going back down through the lake area so be careful trying to follow this whole entire route once you reach Mount Baldy

Hiking up to Cecret Lake from Albion Basin during the Summer is the best time to go and is definitely worth the adventure! There are wildflowers all the way along the trail up to the lake. It is about 5 miles out and back trail. You could do a loop too on a service road back to the main trail head, if you go West from the lake (it is a little steep). Make sure you bring a light windbreaker (it can be chilly near the lake), also bring at least 1.5 liters of water and a snack or lunch with you to enjoy near the lake. It is a popular hiking trail, so the traffic on the trail may be moderate/busy, the best time to go is on a weekday or early morning.
However, right now they are doing some construction for Alta Ski Resort, which is difficult to hike the trail this Fall Season 2018.

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Great easy walk around the lake.

2 months ago

Nice view of both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons

Great view from Devils Castle and Sugarloaf Peak. Headed west of Sugarloaf and added Hidden Peak for a triple

2 months ago

Super easy, just chill and cool view at top.

Very challenging hike. But worth the views!

2 months ago

This trail is closed through October 2018. I made the trip up yesterday, along with quite a few other hikers, only to find out it is temporarily closed.

Absolutely beautiful hike. a little strenuous but worth the reward! I'll do this hike again for sure! #beaUTAHful

The Cecret Lake trail is closed as of 09/24/2018. Construction crews are repairing a dam just below the lake that was built in the 1920s.

I couldn’t go up to the lake, nevertheless it is an amazing area. It might be due to the trail closure or because it was a weekday, the trail heading up from behind the Albion Grill was almost deserted. It felt as if I had the mountain to myself.

I would love to come back later and complete the hike.

It was pretty. The hike was fairly easy until the last part where it’s rocky, steep switchbacks. I’m out of shape and kinda died a little. The lake was smaller than I imagined but it was so nice just chilling on the rocks catching my breath! The breeze was a definite plus!

Great hike, moderate hike with spectacular views the entire way. Really beautiful view of the lake. Next time we will bring 2 cars and hike on Thru to Brighton.

Great hike, small amount of challenge and long enough that you feel accomplished at the end, but short enough that you can fit it into your day very easily.
Views are gorgeous, and it's high up enough that you feel removed from it all.

Hiked to all the sister lakes. Great hike and very beautiful.

2 months ago

Pretty beautiful; enjoyed it. Great hike for a date with someone who isn’t that outdoorsy.

This was a beautiful hike but you now have to pay 6 dollars to park at the base of the hike or walk 2.2 miles to get to the hike.

Amazing hike! We went to the west of Cecret lake and up Sugarloaf. A bit less steep

Really nice hike. It is steep going up Sugarloaf. Going up Mt Baldy was steep and had to climb over some boulders. Going down the north side of Baldy was really steep. I was glad I had my trekking poles. Beautiful hike with awesome views. I had to use my AllTrails app to keep me on the trail after leaving Cecret Lake.

Great hike but I wouldn't have labeled it as easy. Towards the end of the hike it became a challenge. The last part of the trail to get to the lake is steep and involves switchbacks. To me pretty strenuous but the result of it is very rewarding.

3 months ago

Hate they make you pay now. But this trail is family friendly with some information. It's always nice and cool especially with a breeze.

3 months ago

My family hiked from the Albion Basin trailhead because it was too crowded to park at the campground trailhead. They were only letting in one car for every car that left with no estimate on wait time. That was OK with us, we enjoyed the longer hike, but the kids got a little tired.

This trail was pretty crowded, and while I'm glad lots of people were enjoying the hike, I was unhappy with the lack of "trail etiquette." People on the way down refused to yield the right of way to those climbing. I was even cussed out by some people behind me because I kept yielding to people coming up as we descended. People were also "wading" in Cecret Lake which is strictly prohibited.

We saw a couple of young moose and their mother on the trail through the meadow area under the ski lifts. That experience made the entire trip well worthwhile. The kids were thrilled!

3 months ago

Great trail overall. Most of it can be considered easy. However, it is important to note that the final tenth of a mile or so is quite rigorous with switchbacks. The payoff is just at the top of the hill though. For this who are not accustomed to walking at higher elevation and/or engaging in regular exercise, the last 10th is quite challenging.

Also, there is NO shuttle bus. You can buy lift tickets at Albion base (ample parking). It is FREE to ride the lift DOWN, but not up.

Great hike! I did this one a few weeks ago and it was super easy and had beautiful views. We got there shortly after sunrise. Will definitely do this again and even take my kids with me next time.

3 months ago

Fun hike but I wouldn’t say it’s easy. More moderate. I hike a lot and it’s a good little climb.

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3 months ago

I thought it was a relatively easy trail and very nice reward at the end. Very popular and crowded trail. Would recommend for beginners

3 months ago

This has been my favorite hike in the SLC area so far!!!!!

Beautiful wild flowers, though here are definitely less as this point in the season. The lake is fun too. If the ski lift is running, you can take it down the mountain for free! Busy hike

3 months ago

Hiked this in August with a healing ankle sprain. Fairly easy with beautiful views. Highly recommended.

Great hike!

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