Distance: 1mile...easy! (2-miles roundtrip). Elevation gain: 300ft. Devils Castle and Alpine Lake views. Amazing wildflowers, beautiful scenery and wildlife (lots of moose).

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 explore the area more.

If you head there during the right season, it's a great opportunity to catch the wildflowers in bloom. I'd also suggest heading out to the lake later in the day so that you can catch the sun setting beyond the lake.

Remember that Cecret Lake is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City and swimming is not allowed. Please help keep Utah's watersheds clean.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 300 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Wild Flowers and a Picnic

The trail that leads to Cecret Lake has a ton of beautiful wildflowers all over the landscape in the late spring and summer. Cecret Lake is also a perfect place to hang out for the day and have a picnic.

A short hike to a lovely little lake!

We decided to do this hike right before having dinner in Little Cottonwood Canyon - very easy to do and Cecret Lake is a beauty. It's a small lake, but still very rewarding.

Best Kept Cecret...

Incredible hike that takes you through meadow lands with breath taking views of the bluffs. The road that takes you to the trailhead that begins the 1.5 mile hike is open seasonally. We went before July 11th and was informed we would need to start at Albion Basin or walk along the road to the TH. This adds approximately an additional 2 miles each way. The hike is in no way strenuous and perfect for families with children. The only "rough" spot is right before you get to the lake, there are a few switchbacks and the rocks can be a little slippery. Just take your time getting up and down in this area. This is part of the watershed so no dogs are allowed, sorry.


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