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  Cecret Lake
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      Cecret Lake
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      Devil's Castle in background
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      The trail on the last push up to the lake
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      Wasatch alpine lake
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They say the name came from a miner who posted the name on a board 100 yrs ago. Tradition keeps it spelled his way.

The 1 mile trail to this alpine glacial lake begins at the end of the Little Cottonwood road at 9,000 ft elevation and climbs about 450 ft. There are several other hikes in the area, including the Catherine Pass hike over to Big Cottonwood canyon.

I love Cecret lake, maybe because the hike isn't too long, maybe because it isn't too steep, absolutely because it goes through those wonderful alpine meadows which burst to life for a few short weeks in July/Aug with wildflowers and partly from nostalgia as this was once truly a secret place where few came...you needed a sturdy car to drive up the 3 mile dirt road, and you could usually get a camp spot if you came early enough in the day. Now the road is paved and the camping is booked before the season even begins.

It is still good to come to Cecret Lake, if you are lucky you can see moose and marmot on the trail and salamanders in shallow spots in the lake. I love to come with a lunch and a book and enjoy the cool mountain air for a day or afternoon.

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  • Updated Mar 4, 2011
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