Explore the most popular birding trails near Alta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 hours ago

We paid the $6 fee and parked at the Albion Basin Campground parking lot to shave some of the miles off since we were hiking with toddlers. This was an easy enough hike for my 3 year old (with a few breaks, of course). The flowers were BEAUTIFUL and in full bloom and we enjoyed the scenery. The switch backs right before you reach the lake were definitely the most difficult part of the hike, but overall it’s easy. There were lots of bugs at the lake, so be sure to bring bug spray.

We hiked it today and the wildflowers are stunning and full bloom! Heads up though, there is road construction and significant delays

hiking
3 days ago

This is one of our favorites. Mosquitos are bad at the lake right now but manageable. Wildflowers are beautiful. An easy hike for me and my 5 year old to walk himself. Don't forget $6 if you want to park at Catherine's or cecret parking lots!

hiking
4 days ago

Wildflowers are amazing right now!

hiking
4 days ago

I've been hiking in Utah for as long as I can remember, and I don't think I've ever seen wildflowers like this. GO NOW WHILE THEY'RE STILL AT THEIR PEAK! We went in the evening (around 6:30), so it wasn't as crowded as during the day on a weekend, but still plenty of people.

hiking
6 days ago

This hike is full of wonder and beauty! The flowers through the Albion Basin are amazing. This hike is a steeper hike. You’re already up 10 thousand plus feet in altitude so the hike can be a bit of a challenge for a newbie but it is worth it if you are able to take it slower. One of my favorites! ❤️

hiking
10 days ago

We parked at Alta and hiked up. The kids complained the whole way (It’s a little bit of an incline) but it was beautiful. So worth it!

hiking
11 days ago

Our third time on this trail. We enjoy it every time. Seems to be more wildflowers this time (July 8, 2018) than at the end of July 2017. Keep in mind this trail is a bit steep, so when you get to the top bring something to enjoy your time there like snacks (don't litter, please :) ), a blanket or hammock for lazing for a bit.

This year, they started charging $6 to park at the closest lot to the trail (we parked further away, so did not pay for parking). Some people are complaining about that charge. After seeing three different rangers (one from the US forest service, one from Alta Ski Resort- who came up twice in the time we were there- and the third from Alta city) coming up and down the trail helping people who were struggling and ready to give out water (or probably even first aid if needed), I have no problem to pay that $6 in the future if we park in that lot. And, I am sure at times, they are also picking up garbage people leave/drop. Thank you, rangers!

After I hiked the Albion Basin, I headed up to Cecret Lake. Just a short 0.9 miles from the campground. It was a nice short beautiful hike, and the walk around the lake was a great cherry on top for it was adventuresome yet not too dangerous with an extra dose of more wildflowers in the mix. Loved it. Perfect start to the day. Remember this hike is best to do off peak hours, and before 7:30 you don't have to pay $7 to park. Weekends buses run up to the parking lot to help you enjoy this area. HAPPY HIKING! https://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/07/360-adventure-hike-to-cecret-lake.html?m=1

hiking
13 days ago

Easy, short hike. Plan to pay the new $6 summer road fee at Alta. You are offered 3 options: pay $6 to drive up to the campground parking lot, park at Alta and do the 5+ mile round-trip hike through Albion Basin, or pay $10 per person to take the ski lift up.

walking
13 days ago

Nice trail, beautiful scenery! We even saw a moose!

hiking
13 days ago

Took the kids. 5 and 7. It wasn’t easy, but kids managed. Lots of elevation gain, but the views at the end were beautiful and serene. Wildflowers were blooming too.

hiking
15 days ago

This was such a fun hike! The wildflowers were beautiful! And lots of kids had little nets to catch salamanders in the lake! So i highly recommend bringing some so you can catch them. Also make sure to use the all trails app to make sure you’re on the right trail because we got a little lost, but overall it was a great experience. :)

hiking
15 days ago

Fun family hike to small lake full of salamanders. Easy in and out. Can get crowded.

This was a gorgeous hike! We didn’t get to stay as long as we wanted to, but it was really pretty. My only critique is that you have to pay $6 to get up there. Which isn’t that bad, but when you expect it to be free.... but the lake is amazing! I would definitely go again :)

hiking
16 days ago

Today was July 4th so it was extremely busy but still managed to have a great time. Update: New this year Alta Ski resort now operates the trailhead. There is a small fee to park. Since it was so busy today it was 1 car in, 1 car out. We elected to ride chair lift up for $10 a person and park in the resort lot.

This is one of the greatest short hikes in the Wasatch. Easily completed it with a 3 and 5 year old with plenty of sunlight to spare after we didn’t leave our home in slc until 6pm. Mosquitos were out in force but a misting of 20% deet kept them completely at bay. Tiger salamanders were also out in droves in the lake. Flowers not even close to full peak yet. Snow completely gone from anywhere close to the trail. Weekdays are the time to hit this trail to guarantee parking and limit the crowds on the trail and edge of the lake.

Really fun and an excellent spot for a picnic, but expect some bugs at the lake. I recommend starting from the lower Albion basin and hiking up to the cecret lake trailhead.

I did this hike this morning with my six month old son and couple coworkers. It was a very beautiful hike. The only down fall was we saw a cougar on our final climb up to the lake. It kept its distance but made us very on edge. So anyone going out there with little ones be sure to keep them close, and always communicate with others you see on the trail as well.

hiking
19 days ago

A great hike, nice and cool when we went in June, still snow on the ground in some places. Lake is nice and pristine.

hiking
20 days ago

Fun trail with bunch of kids...

Great hike that really doesn’t go too far past Cecret Lake. Wasn’t as sketchy as I thought it was going to be either. Last half is very steep, but it goes by fast! DO IT!

This is a family favorite hike. We usually go the first week of July (after the gates open) and take nets from the dollar store to catch and release salamanders. We see a moose frequently on this trail.

hiking
29 days ago

The road is closed until 6/30/2018!

One of my favorite summer hikes. Wildflowers are spectacular. This is a fairly easy hike, the end gets a bit rocky and steep. The lake at the top is lovely and it’s nice to sit in the quiet.

hiking
1 month ago

So... Albion Basin road was closed and I'd promised three 4 year-olds we were going to make it to the lake. We decided to take a shortcut instead of walk the entire road. Neither I nor my friend knew exactly where the trailhead was, but we figured we would find it when we got to the top of the road. The trailhead is in the campground. That somehow isn't made very clear here. There's still quite a bit of snow and a whole lot of mud.
What is listed here as 1.7 miles ended up being 7.3 for us. My little hikers-in-training were troopers, but I am sore.

on Cecret Lake Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Busy though and lots of kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail that follow the valley in the trees. Goes past a nice cascade to lower Albion Basin

It was a little early in the tear to do this because of all the snow, but it’s still doable. I was able to complete it in tennis shoes. It’s important to note that the campground is not yet open, so there are a few extra miles tagged on from starting at the bottom of the paved road rather than being able to start at the trailhead. It was beautiful there, the lake was a big giant slushie, the first sign of buds were poking out of the ground, and you don’t have the business of summer. Being the first time I was up here, I lost the trail coming down baldy (I did sugarloaf first). I basically had to just run/slide down the ski slopes that were still there haha. I was able to see the main road coming up alpine so I just moved that direction until I got to the bottom. It was challenging, but to echo what others have said, it is a short hike for a summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 6/3, still knee deep snow covering most of the trail so plan on your feet getting wet. We hiked the summer road up to the campground since it is not open until the end of June, and there was no snow on that. We did end up making it to the lake and it was still mostly frozen. Then we slid on our butts down the snow where the switchbacks are, it was easier than trying to climb back down it. This is easily one of the most crowded trails in Utah in the summer, but this time we saw one other person the whole time so this was a plus.

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