Cecret Lake Trail - Little Cottonwood Canyon

A few intrepid pines and Sugarloaf Mountain fill the vista of Cecret Lake.


This is a picturesque short hike for the whole family. From the campground, hike through pines surrounded by a carpet of wildflowers. Watch for moose and deer near the small creeks. After the last creek crossing, the trail becomes steeper as it zigzags to the ridge. The lake appears suddenly as you crest, with Sugarloaf Mountain rising to the south. Relax on the rocks overlooking the lake and taken in the view of Alta. If you have not had your fill, other great vistas are a short distance away. Take the service behind Cecret Lake and, at the split, follow the road under the chairlift. At the end of the road you can see Mt. Timpanogos from the Heber Valley side and the Snowbird Tram.

Getting there: Drive to the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. Stop at the information booth for some helpful tips about the area. Drive about three miles on the gravel road to the Albion Basin Campground. The trail begins here.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Wasatch Canyons

Destination: Cecret Lake

Distance: 2

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Elevation Gain: 420 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: In campground

Biking: No

GPS Location: 40.5713401, -111.6215889

Difficulty: 1


First published 2006-08-24