All photos by Outdoor Project Contributor, Kyle Jenkins
Pros: Short Hike. Easy Access. Great Views. Wildflowers in summer. Cons: Very Crowded. High elevation. Exposed trail. No dogs. Congestion: High Preferable Season(s): Summer, Fall Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required Dogs allowed: No
Total Distance: 1.60 mi (2.57 km) Trailhead Elev.: 9,550 ft (2,911 m) Net Elev. Gain: 350 ft (107 m) Trail Uses: Hiking Trail type: There-and-back
With its beauty, short distance, and easy access, Cecret (pronounced Secret) Lake has become one of the most popular hikes in all of the Wasatch Mountains. Located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, it is near the Catherine's Pass Trail and just next door to the Albion Basin Campground. The ski lifts of Alta hang overhead as you head up the short, steady hike. While the trail can be a little steep at sections, it is quite short and thus has people of all ages and hiking levels enjoying its sights. Jagged peaks tower in every direction at the top of the trail's plateau.