Albion Alps Road

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah 84090

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain955ft
Trailhead Elevation9,693ft
Top10,475ft
Elevation Min/Max9595/10475ft
Elevation Start/End9693/9691ft

Albion Alps Road

Albion Alps Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Alta, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 9,693 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 955 feet. This trail connects with the following: Devils Castle Loop.

Albion Alps Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"Although its origins were in silver mining, the town of Alta near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon boasts a more abundant natural resource today, with over 120 species of wildflowers blooming in the Albion Basin during the short summer season.

For wildflower enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Albion Meadows Trail is a must-do summer hike. Vibrant colors fill
the gentle meadows in summer, making for one of the most memorable easy hikes in the area."

"Alta Ski Area is a locals’ favorite even after the “Greatest Snow on Earth” has melted. During summer you can get an up-close look at the terrain that has made Alta legendary, but from the seat of your bike. Rough-cut peaks silhouette the skyline in all directions, and wildflowers as vibrant and varied as a painter’s palette blanket the alpine meadows.

The ride is a piece of cake, except for the fact that it starts at nearly 9,000 feet. If you go slow and take breaks to catch your breath, then the canyon’s glacial architecture will seem to swallow you whole. From the turnaround point at the campground, you can hike the easy, mile-long trail to Cecret Lake for a midday siesta. Since traffic is light and slow, it’s a good choice for couples and for families with children."

"Albion Basin is the heart of the central Wasatch Range. It was here that the Little Cottonwood glacier was born 40 millennia ago. A thick wedge of snow accumulated in these highlands and compressed to ice, which then began creeping down toward the Great Salt Lake Valley. Simultaneously, smaller glaciers descended from the southern ridge to join the main trough.

A visit to Albion Basin would not be complete without a trip to Secret Lake. This icy, glacial pool cupped beneath Devil’s Castle makes for an ideal lunch spot or midday siesta. The rocky 0.5-mile-long path is closed to bikes, but it is a pleasant hike. Be sure to pack along a camera and plenty of film because the abundance of colorful wildflowers makes a rainbow seem pale."

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Parks
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
USFS Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Brighton, Dromedary Peak
Local Maps