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
7 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
2 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
3 days ago

Wildflowers are amazing right now!

hiking
3 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.

I felt like I was walking through a post card. The flowers were beautiful, the trail was easy to follow, the lake was nice (although the journey was the better part). If you are on the fence, do it. Now! It was perfect.

$6 to park or $10 per person to ride the lift to the trailhead. I was not thrilled with the fees, but the ride up the lift was beautiful. The hike itself was easy and the wildflowers are in full bloom. It’s a blanket of colors right now! This is the perfect time to go as it’s so much cooler at the top than in the valley, and the views are magical.

hiking
5 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! ❤️

Beautiful easy trail.

it was a very pleasant hike ,98 degrees but the beauty of wild flowers make it all worth it!

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!

We did this hike just a couple of days before the road to the trailhead was open. I guess it opens at the end of June. The extra walk isn't bad because of the beautiful flowers along the way but it is a little tricky to find the trailhead. So beautiful! Crazy salamanders! Steep but not too long.

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!

hiking
11 days ago

Took us about 2 hours to hike there and back. The wildflowers are beautiful right now. Lots of mosquitoes around the lake. I'd recommend bringing bug spray!

This hike starts at Alta, by Albion Base. It starts by the Albion grill. Walking up a little ways and then the meadow is breathtaking this time of year. So many wildflowers. Continuing on, you hit a gravel road that leads to the Cecret lake parking area. This hike is decent, took us about three hours total with a stop at the lake for lunch.

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
12 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.

Started from parking lot by Campground and headed to the north west. I was enjoying the beautiful trail and pond, but then I got to a sign that says trail closed for construction. Sad day. So you current have to walk down Albion basin road to the road to a road that turns west and the take a right and hike on that trail. If you want to see the status of the trail check out my blog for a 360 degree virtual like hike. https://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/07/360-adventure-albion-basion-cecret-lake.html?m=1

walking
12 days ago

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

hiking
12 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.

Hiked this last night. Didn't love that they're charging $6 to get up to the end of the road, but the hike was great. First time for me on this trail. Not too steep, didn't take us too long to get up to the pass (somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes I think). The mosquitos were fairly annoying. Might be better in the morning or day time.

was going to the cecret lake trail due to reviews, but got to the booth next to Alta ski resort and after they told me that the paved portion of the road ends and you need to pay i decided to go the free route and go to the ski resort which was free. Glad I did...I started up the trail from the ski resort not knowing what to expect or where I was going really. After hiking up the first trail with wild flowers all around I realized that just up the road a bit was the start of the cecret lake trail so I combined the two....the weather was great.....alot cooler than in the valley and the lake was pretty cool too. For me it was a pretty tough hike.... easily the most elevation that I have gained on a hike(I just moved to Sandy a few days ago) and close to the longest, but well worth it. By not driving up to the cecret lake trail head parking area I saved some dough....got more exercise, saw wild flowers that I wouldn't have seen and I still got to see cecret lake. I am more proud of this than I would have been as I don't think too many people hiked up to the lake from the resort. Bring some water and some food and take your time if needed. On a side note.... there are some geocaches around this hike if you are into that. oh....and when you get back from your hike you can grab a bite to eat in the resort, relax and enjoy the air conditioning and look at the pics you took.

I would rate this trail as moderate. I hiked it 10 or 12 times last year and love it! The steps are rarely very treacherous, but I'd give a moderate rating because of (great) heart pumping if you're not stopping a lot, especially for my less-frequently hiking friends. The views are terrific, and this is my preferred, quieter alternative trail for wildflower season when the Albion Basin gets crazy busy. After the trail opens into a large meadow-like area, keep going for the final steep push. It's worth it! The only reason I rate 4 stars is because of construction noises happening Alta this year and last.

hiking
14 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. :)

Absolutely Beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

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

Perfect way to spend the holiday. The road is open, the flowers are blooming, he chipmunks are... chipping? Munking? Anyway, wonderful hike!

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
15 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.

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