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Utah's Wasatch Hiking Trails

Albion Basin - Cecret Lake
THE Place to Be to See Wildflowers
Red Pine Lake
Albion Basin - Cecret Lake
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  • Length: 1.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 420 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 9,460 ft
  • Trailhead: Albion Campground (end of the Little Cottonwood Canyon road)

This trail is by far the most popular wildflower hike in the Wasatch. And it deserves that reputation. Take this hike in late July / early August and you will be treated to an explosion of color. Because it is so popular, get there early to get a parking spot.

Since it is so popular, getting one of the very few parking spots at the trailhead on a weekend in July or August after 6:00am is not an easy task. But good news. The town of Alta has been sponsoring a shuttle from the parking lot at the top of the Sunyside lift where there is more parking.

The trail starts at the Albion campground and winds through flower-strewn fields that will blow your mind. Wind up through meadows and cross a stream and finally get to the last short steep jaunt over switchbacks up the rock face to the lake.

From here you can continue higher to wander around the Alta Ski Resort.

For more pictures from this hike, check out the Albion Basin - Cecret Lake Photo Gallery.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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