Lake Catherine

Alta, Utah

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Lake Catherine, a sister lake to Lake Martha and Lake Mary, is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. But this scenic route ascends the ridge from the Little Cottonwood side and offers a shorter approach than from Brighton. Hikers of all ages seem to enjoy the trail from Albion Basin to Lake Catherine. Meadows of wildflowers, a shimmering alpine lake, and abundant wildlife are all on display. As with other hikes in this area, some of the canyon’s mining history is still evident and mining remnants can be spotted. A camera is a must, as are sunblock and water. For a summer hike, use the second trailhead, which is 0.2 mile southeast of the Sunnyside chairlift parking area. Start
Best Easy Day Hikes: Salt Lake City

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Salt Lake City

by Greg Witt and Rob Witt (Falcon Guides)

Lake Catherine, a sister lake to Lake Martha and Lake Mary, is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. But this scenic route ascends the ridge from the Little Cottonwood side and offers a shorter approach than from Brighton. Hikers of all ages seem to enjoy the trail from Albion Basin to Lake Catherine. Meadows of wildflowers, a shimmering alpine lake, and abundant wildlife are all on display.

As with other hikes in this area, some of the canyon’s mining history is still evident and mining remnants can be spotted. A camera is a must, as are sunblock and water. For a summer hike, use the second trailhead, which is 0.2 mile southeast of the Sunnyside chairlift parking area. Start

© 2015 Greg Witt and Rob Witt/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 740 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Summer
Local Contacts: Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Brighton
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Catherine

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2008
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Beautiful trail. Wide and easy walking. The initial portion of the trail was closed for restoration but since the sign that says that is were it joins with the main trail, you don't know that until you get there. A trail worth taking.



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