A popular hiking trail in Alta, Utah at Albion Basin, Catherine Pass has it all. From a stunning array of wildflowers during the month of July to spectacular views of Lake Catherine below and even bull moose sightings on lucky days.
The trail starts at the first parking lot along the Albion Basin dirt road past the last of the paved area at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is well marked and rated a class 2 which means you will run into some loose rocks and steep inclines. However, this popular family trail is suitable for older children.
The trail starts at the base of the dirt road, across from the Sunnyside parking lot. It starts with a steady climb in an exposed meadow but quickly moves into pine trees and shade. A variety of flowers dot the way.
|Bull moose resting in the meadow|
The trail levels off a bit at the meadow and then climbs a few steep switchbacks before reaching the ridge, which is 1.5 miles one way. At the ridge, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Catherine. A trail cuts through the rocks in a steep descent for a relaxing break at the lake if you want to hike a little more. At this point, you can turn around for an out and back hike of just over 3 miles or you can hike to Brighton Ski Resort and see the other Brighton Lakes along the way. Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are worth the extra hike if you have more time. It is 3.9 miles one way to Brighton.
Put on your hiking shoes and don’t worry, athletic shoes will work for this hike too.
Just don’t forget your camera. This is one of those hikes you will be pinching yourself if you do.
Getting there: From I-15, take the 90th South exit in Sandy, Utah. Go east on 90th south. Follow 90th South East which will eventually become Little Cottonwood Road. Go up Little Cottonwood Road to the top at Alta Ski Resort. Continue east on the dirt road (Albion Basin Road) and park at the first parking lot on the south side of the dirt road.