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Cecret Lake

Alta

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Parking lot, looking up at Devil's Castle (10,800 ft).- Cecret Lake
  • This is also the entry to the Albion Basin Campground.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake Trail marker.- Cecret Lake
  • Trail information and restrictions.- Cecret Lake
  • Alta Ski Resort is located in the same area as the trail and campground.- Cecret Lake
  • Sunday morning stroll during autumn.- Cecret Lake
  • The trail is popular all summer and fall.- Cecret Lake
  • The lake is located on top of the plateau, hidden from sight below Sugarloaf Mountain (11,051 ft).- Cecret Lake
  • Looking across toward Catherine's Pass Trail.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake.- Cecret Lake
  • Cecret Lake.- Cecret Lake
  • While the the fall colors in this area are not spectacular, they are still very pretty. The summer wildlfowers are great, however.- Cecret Lake
  • Looking across the lake to Mount Wolverine (10,795 ft).- Cecret Lake
  • You can escape the crowd a bit by heading to the south end of the lake.- Cecret Lake
  • A beauitfully blue lake, especially for one that is not very deep.- Cecret Lake
  • Go at sunrise to avoid the crowd, otherwise expect a steady stream of fellow hikers.- Cecret Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short Hike. Easy Access. Great Views. Wildflowers in summer.
Cons: 
Very Crowded. High elevation. Exposed trail. No dogs.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
350.00 ft (106.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,550.00 ft (2,910.84 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With its beauty, short distance, and easy access, Cecret (pronounced Secret) Lake has become one of the most popular hikes in all of the Wasatch Mountains. Located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, it is near the Catherine's Pass Trail and just next door to the Albion Basin Campground. The ski lifts of Alta hang overhead as you head up the short, steady hike. While the trail can be a little steep at sections, it is quite short and thus has people of all ages and hiking levels enjoying its sights. Jagged peaks tower in every direction at the top of the trail's plateau. Sugarloaf Mountain is directly above the lake, Devil's Castle is just to the east, and Mount Wolverine is to the north in the distance. The lake itself is not very large, and it is basically impossible to see from anywhere in the basin besides at the top of the trailhead.

Keep your eyes out for the commonly seen moose, hawk, and hummingbird of Albion Basin. The great wildflower season and decent fall colors is a reminder that sometimes hikes are crowded because they are just plain awesome. This is a hike for kids and their grandparents alike, with a beautiful drive to and from the trailhead up the canyon.

The trailhead parking lots fill up quickly, so during peak season (weekends/summer) the traffic is limited by attendants further down the road. The gate that allows cars up is shut until July 1 each year. Remember to leave the dogs home in this hike and any other hike located in the Cottonwood Canyons due to watershed concerns. Cecret Lake has catch-and-release fishing, but swimming is prohibited. There are several restaurants in the town of Alta just a few miles down the road from the trailhead.

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