Top Adventures in Alta

  • Hike to Cecret Lake

    Cecret Lake is reached by driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Albion Basin above Alta Ski Resort. The hike is just under 1 mile to the lake and should take about 30 minutes. The hike goes through fields full of wildflowers and wildlife is abu...

    1.5 miles 458 ft gain

  • Photograph Cecret Lake

    A short 1 mile hike form Albion Basin to Cecret Lake. It climbs a gentle slope and along the way there are interpretive signs with information about the basin, its plants, animals and geology. From the lake you can return the same way you came, or...

    2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike Catherine Pass

    Catherine Pass is a must do if you are in the Salt Lake vicinity in July. The wildflowers are mind-blowing. But it’s a great hike to do in the Spring, after Alta Ski Resort has closed, and the Fall as well.  It costs $6 per vehicle to drive to the...

    4 miles 1115 ft gain

  • Backpack Lake Catherine and Bag Sunset Peak

    Any chance to get into the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains is worth it. Many people day hike in the area, but not very many backpack in. The trail meets up with the Great Western Trail and overlooks Lake Catherine. The best place to camp is i...

    3 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Wolverine

    This mountain can be conquered two ways and is a great after-work adventure to watch the sunset, an early morning trail run, or a fun family challenge. The trail is 4 miles and 1,425 feet elevation gain (from the Alta side) or 6 miles and 2,050 fe...

    4 miles 1425 ft gain

  • Ski Baldy's Main Chute at Alta Ski Area

    Do you like hiking? In ski boots? Good.You start the hike from the gate to Snowbird at the EBT near the top of the Sugarloaf lift. The start of the bootpack is at 10,500 ft of elevation. From there, follow the likely well established boot pack to ...

  • Wildflower Hike In Albion Basin

    At Albion Basin, wildflowers you will see include lupine, Indian paintbrush, American bistort, sunflowers, fireweed, and many more!Drive to the very top of Little Cottonwood Canyon and park at the Albion Grill. There is a trail just behind the Gri...

  • Spring Backcountry Ski Alta Ski Area

    Still have the skiing itch but it's late in the spring and the resorts have closed and the other backcountry skiing areas have melted? No problem, just head up to Alta Ski Area and get some amazing backcountry corn skiing laps in.  Drive up Little...

    5 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Snowshoeing Twin Lakes Pass

    Starting at the parking lot near the Albion Basin gate, travel up the summer road until the second switchback. Just past the second switchback and cabins, leave the summer road heading east. The Trail heads northeast into Grizzly Gulch. It should ...

    4 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike Catherine's Pass

    This ride isn't for the faint of heart. It's seriously tough. It's one of the most scenic and rewarding rides you'll ever do, though. The climbing is steep and the descents are rocky.Try to ride it early in the morning. Hikers frequent these trail...

    4.5 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Backcountry Ski Grizzly Gulch

    To get to the Grizzly Gulch trailhead, drive up Little Cottonwood until you reach Alta Ski Resort. Keep left along the road and park in the upper Alta parking lot. Head up the cat track with all the cats and snowmobiles parked to the side. About 1...

    1.5 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Milky Way Astrophotography At Alta

    Early spring is a unique time to photograph the Milky Way due to its low angle and the distinctive perspective of its galactic core. The low angle position of the Milky Way arc during the early morning hours, prior to dawn, allows for some strikin...

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