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July 27, 2017

Alta Wildflowers

High up in Albion Basin, just above the tiny seasonal town of Alta in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, central northern Utah, my wife Mallorie, baby Annie, and I took an afternoon off from work and the busy hustle of the city. Summer time in the high alpine, especially later summer when the pounding rain storms drive through the western states, is a remarkable time to see the famous wildflowers of the upper Cottonwood Canyons, particularly Albion Basin. With so many hikes to choose from, we found it fitting, with the threat of rain lingering, to stick with the short but classic Cecret Lake, an absolutely picturesque stroll up through the vast fields of wildflower mountainside. The 1.7 mile, out and back, hike is easy to access, open to all skill levels and as such is typically heavily trafficked. But on these stormy days, midweek, most stay indoors and the trails become a bit of a sanctuary, and perhaps my favorite time to visit.