While Patrick was off attending meetings and being schmoozed by retail vendors at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Melissa and I did a short hike to Cecret Lake up above Alta.
This is one of the most popular hikes, rightfully so as it’s really beautiful, especially in July when the wildflowers are flourishing in the Albion Basin. But it can be a huge pain in the butt to get there. The parking lot at the actual trailhead is very small and there is no parking along the summer road. So, if the lot is full, you can either park back at Alta and add an extra mile and a half (uphill) to your hike, or you can try again another day. On the weekends, the town of Alta runs a free shuttle for hikers. But the wait can be long if it’s a busy day. I have done the shuttle thing once, and I really don’t want to do it again.
Melissa and I hoped that hiking midweek and in the morning would work in our favor and it did! The lot was only about half full when we got there. Woo hoo! It was clear and gorgeous and the temps were in the low 70s. Perfect!
I snapped photos of lots of wildflowers, because I love to!
This photo shows the start of what I consider the hard part of the hike. Switchbacks are carved into the side of the hill until we reach the top where the lake is. It’s not super steep or anything, but continuous and rocky and all uphill at over 9600 feet in elevation can be hard unless you live at that elevation.
We made it!
We walked around to the other side where the view is a little prettier and let Matthew play in the dust and collect rocks.
So. Much. Dust.
Before we left, I asked Matthew to sit on a rock and smile for the camera. He showed me his best GQ pose that had both Melissa and I laughing.