A short and family-friendly hike to a beautiful alpine lake


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Easily accessed from Albion Basin Campground (which - due its high altitude location and the famously deep Utah snowpack - is only open from mid-June to mid-September), this is a fantastic hike into a wild-feeling lake in amongst stunning alpine peaks.

Even the drive to the trailhead from Salt Lake City is stunning, and takes you through the famous Alta ski area. The trail is approximately 1.5 miles long, and is moderately difficult but never technical, making it ideal for younger or less experienced hikers.

The path gradually ascends through Albion Basin, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys along the way. Once you reach the lake, you'll be greeted by crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding peaks.

The peaceful ambiance and the tranquil atmosphere make it a popular spot for relaxing and soaking in the (pretty epic!) surroundings.

You can take a leisurely stroll around the lake, have a picnic on its shores, or simply enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

There are also plenty of detours and add-ons possible, such as climbing Mount Baldy or Sugarloaf Mountain. It's important to note that the Cecret Lake area is part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and it is essential to respect and follow any regulations or guidelines set by the forest service or local authorities.

It's always a good idea to check the latest trail conditions and any permit requirements before planning a visit to Cecret Lake. It's also worth saving this for a bluebird day because bad weather at this altitude feels pretty brutal!