Cecret Lake



1.78 miles

Elevation Gain

509 ft

Route Type


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.

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about 5 years ago


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

over 5 years ago

Stunning Mountain Lake

A must do hike for any Utahn or anyone visiting! Quick, easy and accessible to families! Bring a camera, the lake is spectacular!


almost 6 years ago

Totally Got Lost - Oops!!

Still not sure why we left the main trail, but we took a smaller single track spur and ended up pleasantly wandering around for a while. Finally made it back to the trail and up to the lake. We had 6 kids ages 13 months to 10 years and they all did great!

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