Exploring Alta from Snowpine Lodge

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July 27, 2023

Exploring Alta’s Trails

Located amidst the breathtaking beauty of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Alta stands as a genuine paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Embracing this pristine wonderland, Snowpine Lodge serves as the perfect adventure basecamp, inviting hikers to embark on unforgettable adventures just steps from their door. Whether you seek a leisurely stroll or a more challenging ascent, the array of trails caters to every skill level, ensuring a perfect fit for every explorer. Explore some of our handpicked favorites below, and when the day’s explorations are complete, return to Snowpine Lodge for a well-deserved oasis of relaxation and recovery.

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Snake Pit Waterfall

Tucked away in the mountains the Snakepit Waterfall Trail is an easy hike less than a mile from Snowpine Lodge. This trail meanders through an evergreen forest and vibrant wildflower meadows before revealing a powerful waterfall roaring through the canyon. Enjoy the delightful symphony of sounds as you take in the sights from the lovely bench perched atop the overlook.

1.5 miles round trip with 367 feet of elevation gain and accessed right from Snowpine Lodge.

Albion Meadows

The Albion Meadows Trail is a moderate hike that comes alive every summer with a vibrant display of wildflowers. Begin your hike from the Albion Base of Alta Ski Area, conveniently accessible from Snowpine Lodge, and set out on a path with breathtaking vistas at every turn. At the heart of Albion Meadows lies Albion Basin, a photographer’s dream. This picturesque basin is surrounded by majestic mountains and vibrant wildflowers, making it a prime location for capturing unforgettable photos and videos. The basin’s serene charm and unspoiled landscapes invite hikers to sit and take in the peaceful ambiance.

3.6 miles round trip with 744 feet of elevation gain and accessed right from Snowpine Lodge.

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Twin Lakes Pass

Embark on a thrilling adventure to Twin Lakes Pass, where the allure lies in the high-alpine scenery and mountain lakes. The trail offers a mix of rocky terrain and lush greenery, leading you to a vantage point where you can marvel at the twin lakes below, each reflecting the beauty of its surroundings.

5.2 miles round trip (to the lake) with 1,807 feet of elevation gain and accessed right from Snowpine Lodge.

Cecret Lake

Begin your hiking journey with the picturesque Cecret Lake Trail, aptly named for the hidden gem it leads to. This moderate hike weaves through wildflower-filled meadows and pristine forests, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks. As you reach this incredible lake, you’ll be greeted by a breathtaking alpine paradise, perfect for a peaceful break before continuing your journey or returning to basecamp.

1.8 miles round trip with 465 feet of elevation gain and accessed from Alta’s Summer Road.

Catherine's Pass

For those seeking a more challenging hike, Catherine’s Pass is a must. The trail ascends steadily, rewarding hikers with sweeping vistas of the glacial valley and rugged mountain landscapes. Upon reaching the pass, take a moment to look upon Catherine lake below while marveling at all the peaks towering above you.

3 miles round trip with 839 feet of elevation gain and accessed from Alta’s Summer Road.

Sugarloaf Peak

Challenge your hiking skills with an ascent to Sugarloaf Peak, located above the beautiful Cecret Lake. This strenuous trail rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range and the vibrant colors of the changing seasons. Reaching the summit is an accomplishment you’ll cherish forever, and the vistas are sure to leave you speechless.

5 miles round trip with 1,891 feet of elevation gain and accessed from Alta’s Summer Road.

Devil's Castle

For adventurous souls seeking a hike with a touch of exhilaration, Devil’s Castle is the perfect choice. This hike is known for its narrow ridges and breathtaking exposure. As you traverse this dramatic terrain, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, with awe-inspiring views in every direction. You can combine this hike with Cecret Lake and Sugarloaf Peak for a full day of adventure.

4 miles round trip with 1,758 feet of elevation gain and accessed from Alta’s Summer Road.

Safety & Information

Remember, while hiking in Alta is incredibly rewarding, it’s essential to prioritize safety. Check the weather forecast, bring enough water, wear appropriate footwear, and carry a map or GPS device. Always stay on marked trails and let someone know your hiking plans before venturing into the wilderness.

Remember to Leave No Trace when exploring our beautiful trails.

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Embrace the natural wonders of Alta, Utah, and discover the captivating hikes just steps away from Snowpine Lodge. Lace up your hiking boots, set out on the trails, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Uinta Mountains. Happy hiking!