Photograph Cecret Lake

Utah Cecret Lake Trailhead

Added by Colton Marsala

  • 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

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  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

300 Feet




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about 2 months ago

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.

about 2 months ago

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Little Effort, Great Reward

This is a short hike that you can do with anyone because of how easy it is. It is a great lake and if you go during late summer there are tons of salamanders. This is really fun for a quick day hike and has beautiful scenery

5 months ago

5 months ago

Easy Hike With Great Photo Opportunities Through spring To Fall

Beautiful mountain lake on a well marked trail. Often busy in summer, my favorite times are in the early spring when skinning or snowshoeing are a good way to access the lake!

5 months ago

about 1 year ago

Great views

A moderate hike with some great views.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

An SLC classic.

I've been hiking to Cecret Lake since I was a kid, one of the best hikes around for a quick, family friendly hike.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Gorgeous, quick hike. Be forewarned though, if the summer road behind Alta is closed, you will have to hike to the trailhead, which is maybe about 2.5 miles?

over 1 year ago

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