Trail Spotlight: Cecret Lake

Gorgeous and Family-Friendly

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The Cecret Lake (sometimes spelled Secret Lake) trail is one of the most beautiful, fun and rewarding easy hikes in the Salt Lake area. Cecret Lake is located in Albion Basin, which is famous for wildflowers that bloom mid-July through August. The trail is 1.2 miles each way and gains about 450 feet in elevation. It's easy enough for almost everyone, but children find it enough of a challenge that they will feel a sense of accomplishment when they reach the lake.

To get to the trail, drive up the main road of Little Cottonwood Canyon, past Alta ski resort to Albion Basin Campground. The road turns to gravel once you get past the ski resort, but it's suitable for two-wheel drive cars. There's a small parking lot at the trailhead. The trail crosses a footbridge over Little Cottonwood Creek and continues through spectacular wildflower meadows (in season) and up a rocky slope to the picturesque lake. Follow the signs to avoid confusing spur trails. After Cecret Lake, more ambitious hikers can continue to the top of Sugarloaf Peak.

Hiking to Cecret Lake is a memorable outing, especially during wildflower season. It's also spectacular in early October when the leaves have changed color. Rarely, during the busiest times, the parking lot at the trailhead may become too full and you may not be able to drive all the way to Albion Campground. If this happens, you can walk up the dirt road from the Alta parking lot to the trailhead.

On weekends and holidays during the summer, the town of Alta provides a shuttle from Alta's Albion Base parking lot to the trailhead.