Explore the most popular hiking 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
2 months 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.

The roads closed during the winter /:

Hiked as part of a loop from Alta to Germania Pass

Nice trail, but dogs are not allowed in the canyon nor on this trail. I took my dog with me but after seeing all the signs, I left her in the truck. I was stopped by a Ranger who was kind enough to let me know that you can’t even have a dog in your vehicle. Apparently the ticket is $550. So, be forewarned.

Snow is really deep right now (almost knee deep in some areas) and we couldn't make it to the top because it was too steep and dangerous with the snow, ice, and rocks. Would recommend waiting until summer for this one!

Pretty lake, but it’s a super short hike

The walk from the Albion parking lot to the actual trailhead was pretty uneventful. You follow a road that winds through a ski resort. It adds a lot of time to the actual trail (so plan accordingly), but once you hit the cecret trailhead the hike is short, elevated, and fun. Great spot. Being from out of town, I would've loved to see the alpine lake in the spring or summer!

Great hike to do with the kids.

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

Beautiful lake and lovely hike. Summer wildflowers are stunning!

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

Some snow on the trail today, a little bit of ice but not much. Beautiful drive from SLC and the snow made surrounding peaks very beautiful.

Beautiful!

The trail had 4-6 inches of new snow early this morning and had the trail to ourselves except for birds and deer.

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

Beautiful. Worth the short hike!

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

Very short, but gorgeous lake!

hiking
7 months ago

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

First part of the trail is walking up a ski slope which is covered in the most beautiful wild flowers. Part of the trail is under construction. Lake was beautiful and there was a moose hiding beneath the trees. Definitely hike up the mountain behind the lake for some gorgeous views.

Saw beautiful moose

hiking
8 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
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, not too long although with a very challenging second half, in which a lot of elevation is gained in a short distance (very steep). The summit is primarily very loose large boulders and sharp drop offs, but utterly fantastic views of the Wasatch range and of Alta/Snowbird ski resorts. Summit as at approx 11.2K ft so weather is very variable and can be very windy. Come prepared.

Oh not 6

Not my favorite hike this season. Lots of people and construction.

hiking
8 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.

on Cecret Lake Trail

hiking
8 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
8 months ago

Pretty hike! Easy too

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