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Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass

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  • Looking west toward Mount Superior and Alta Ski Resort.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Fall colors coming in.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Granite outcroppings, a hallmark of Little Cottonwood hiking.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • You can reach Cecret Lake from here as well.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Hiking to Albion Meadow.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Wildflowers bloom earlier in the season.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Wildflowers bloom earlier in the season.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • The Sugarloaf Lift services the peak of the same name. Head southwest to go up Germania Pass.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Views on the climb to Albion Meadow.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Views on the climb to Albion Meadow.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • While the flowers are gone by fall, the seasonal colors still make this a great hike.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Big views from the route to Albion Meadows.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • From here you look across Albion Basin to Catherine's Pass.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Germania Pass.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • The Albion Meadows Trail.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • The glow of a sunset over the ridge.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Returning to the Alta Ski Resort at dusk.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • Returning to the Alta Ski Resort at dusk.- Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
  • - Albion Meadows Trail to Germania Pass
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Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers in summer. Connects to other trails.
Cons: 
No shade.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
708.00 ft (215.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.70 mi (5.95 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,722.00 ft (2,658.47 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Albion Basin is one of the great wildflower meadows of northern Utah, and this trail takes you right through the heart of it. Heading southeast from Alta Ski Resort, the many service roads, cat tracks and branching trails give you a ton of options to customize your route. The route up Germania Pass to overlook Albion Basin is one of the best. After hiking Catherine's Pass many times, it is great to view the meadows from the opposite perspective.

The trail is not steep while you are walking in the meadow, which makes it great for novice hikers, but the pitch increases steadily once you head up Germania. You have a great chance to see a moose, deer, grouse, hawk or hummingbirds in this area. In summer the flowers here are pretty spectacular, but so are the colors in the fall, so make sure you come back more than once. You can even reach Cecret Lake from Germania Pass, which is a helpful way to skip the small, crowded parking lots higher up. Mountain biking is very popular on these trails, so keep an eye out for downhill riders. And remember, dogs are prohibited in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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