Cecret Lake from Albion Basin is a 5.6 mile out-and-back trail that goes through Alta Ski Resort and features 1,256 feet of elevation change. This trail features is best used from mid-May to late September and features wildflowers, a grassy meadow, chances to see wildlife, and a lake with views of the Wasatch Mountains. It’s great for all skill levels, including kids! Wear good footwear as there are some loose rock areas throughout the trail.
Need to Know
This trail is pretty exposed. You’re walking right on the Alta ski resort for most of the trail until you eventually veer off towards the lake. Plan your visit here on a day with less sun exposure, early in spring or late in fall, and always pack sunscreen and water. There’s a chance to see a moose here, but remember to always stay at least 75 feet away from moose and other large non-predatory animals. Pack some snacks and remember to watch the weather for optimal results.
I’m changing this “suggestion” part to “story” since this was a pretty fun hike. My friend Karla and I knew there was a pretty good chance for thunderstorms and rain while we were hiking, so we came prepared with water, food, raincoats and an umbrella. Sure enough, it did rain, and it was a downpour! It even hailed for a little bit, which was quite the experience. We took some cover behind some large trees and were largely unaffected by the pelting hail and cold rain. We ate our food there and decided to wait out the storm so we could get to the lake – we literally stopped about 50 feet short because it started raining so hard!
Once the rain started to subside, we rushed out and grabbed a bunch of photos, and about 30-40 minutes after it started pouring, the rain was completely gone. It was so weird! The clouds moving through the mountains proved to be unmatched in beauty. I’ve never seen something quite like this in Utah!
Take A Hike!
Head out on the trail and be prepared! We saw another duo with backpacks and raincoats, saw a couple people turn back due to weather, and one group that had one water bottle between three people, no backpacks, no raincoats, and all were wearing short sleeves and shorts. It was cold up at the lake and in the rain – perhaps as low as mid 40s! Know before you go, be prepared for the worst possible conditions, and have a great hike!
See you on the next one!
Next blog: Let’s dry off a little bit, shall we?