For approximately three short weeks during July, Albion Basin in Alta, Utah becomes one a popular destination for wildflower enthusiast. For anybody near the Wasatch Front, this is a must see. The fields of wildflowers are truly stunning and easy to get to.
Getting there: Go east on Little Cottonwood Road (SR 210) to Alta Ski Resort. At the end of the paved area there is a dirt road. Keep following the dirt road as it goes through Albion Basin. There are two parking lots. The first is at the Catherine Pass trail head and the second is at the Albion Basin Campground. The second parking lot fills up fast. The basin can be easily accessed from either parking lot. Do not park on the road. During the summer, a shuttle bus runs on weekends from the end of the paved area.
At first glance, the fields in and around Albion Basin look like green meadows. However, during July they become a dazzling array of color from white and yellow to red and purple.
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Catherine's Pass is located at the first parking lot and is 1.5 miles to the ridge that overlooks Lake Catherine. Though an easy, steady climb, it is more challenging than Cecret Lake.
Both hikes are family friendly. However, Cecret Lake is better for small children and Catherine's Pass great for older children.
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