Camp and Hike to Cecret Lake

Albion Basin Campground - Search Nearby - Added by Michael Johnston

Cecret Lake offers amazing views of the upper Albion Basin. If you head there during the right time of year, there are wildflowers in abundance on the hike.

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 abundant. Moose, deer, and various wildlife can be seen from the trail. The parking area can be busier on the weekends, so it is suggested you arrive early or utilize the free shuttle offered through the town of Alta

The hike is free, but parking is limited, so I recommend arriving early on a weeknight or on the weekends. The last 2.5 miles of the road is graded, but is definitely open to low clearance vehicles. Albion Basin Campground is located near the trailhead and can be reserved. The drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon is definitely picturesque so plan extra time to take pictures along the way of this beautiful glacial valley.

The Pie Pizzeria in Union Park (7186 Union Park Ave) is a great place to go after hiking to Cecret Lake. Their specialty pizzas and beer on tap is the best on the Wasatch Front. Plus, the ambience and atmosphere of the restaurant is on point.

Distance

1.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

458 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Hiking

Lake
Scenic

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Short, Easy Hike

This is a really great hike, it's really easy and would be a good one to take kids on. It's pretty high elevation, but still wear some sunscreen. And take some bug spray, there are a lot of bugs around the lake.

Where I Grew Up Camping

I spent my entire childhood camping here with my family. Absolutely wonderful area teaming with wildlife. Look out for all the moose.

Closed!

Road up to the trail was closed! I saw people hiking up anyhow but would be an extra 2.6 miles

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