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Cecret Lake Interpretive Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, quick but technical ascent to Cecret Lake, with great views of the Devil's Castle and Albion Basin.


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1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Out and Back

9,874' 3,010 m

High

9,419' 2,871 m

Low

455' 139 m

Up

455' 139 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Overview

The hike to Cecret Lake is a great option for those summer months. The higher altitude keeps this area a bit cooler than down in the valley, plus the views at the lake are stunning.

Description

Even though this trail is short, it can be a challenge and is really rewarding. Starting from the Cecret Lake Trailhead near the Albion Basin campground, this trail starts out with some singletrack through a forest, but within a tenth of a mile the trail turns into a dirt road that crosses in and out of small stands of trees, and crosses a couple of small creeks.

The trail starts to get really fun after a creek crossing about 0.5 miles in, where it starts to go over large pieces of polished rock, and then starts climbing steeply up a rocky and technical trail towards the top of the shelf where Cecret Lake resides.

After a couple of switchbacks, the trail comes up on top of the moraine that dams Cecret Lake, and from here you get some great views of this beautiful, alpine lake, and the cliffs and mountains that surround it. You can get a great view of the Devil's Castle from here, as well as down into Albion Basin and the Cottonwood Ridge as well.

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Tomsen Reed

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 16 votes

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  4.3 from 16 votes
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In bloom
Aug 11, 2018 near Alta, UT
In Bloom
Aug 11, 2018 near Alta, UT
Cecret Lake Hike
Oct 10, 2019 near Alta, UT
There’s a bee in there
Aug 11, 2018 near Alta, UT

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Sep 2, 2020
Cody Wiscomb
Aug 16, 2020
J R
Jul 7, 2020
Brian L
1.7mi
Sep 29, 2019
Sean Ochoa
I started from the lower part of the trail and after I got to Cecret Lake I went up a little on Cecret Saddle trail. Beautiful views! 2.9mi — 2h 00m
Sep 30, 2018
Simon Tennis
Went to Cecret lake, then scrambled up Sugarloaf peak. The peak adds the finishing touch to this trail. 3mi
Sep 17, 2018
Meriam Awada
1.8mi
Sep 1, 2018
Enrique Sandoval
Aug 30, 2018
Neil Pickers