When I was doing my research to hike Cecret Lake (i.e. a quick google search while sitting in my car), I noticed that Cecret Lake was a rather short and really busy hike. I read all the important details and then got into the best part of any trail guide....reading through all the comments. A few people noted that the trail extended to a relatively easy 11,051 peak to summit, Sugarloaf Peak.
Easiest 11,000'er in the Wasatch I have been told.
After leaving the lake, you could follow the well established (but smaller) trail past the lake, up some more elevation, past the ski lift and dirt roads to the ridge between Alta and Snowbird. The views from here were amazing and by far, my favorite part of the hike. While I highly encourage you to make it to the peak if you only make it to the ridge it's still a gorgeous hike. I spent some time on this ridge, standing amid Snowbird and Alta ski lifts, with wild flowers all around and Mount Timpanogos towering in the background. Eventually, I continued on up the steep and slightly scrambled trail to the Sugarloaf Summit at 11,000'. This is the perfect way to leave the mobs behind at Cecret Lake and have some peace and quiet on the trail.
First Impressions: Sugarloaf Peak was a fun and relatively easy peak to summit. There is something about a hike that leads to an actual peak that makes you feel like "a real hiker". Standing on that summit with a 360 view of the land around you is a great feeling. The views of the surrounding peaks, the breeze, the sun, and Cecret Lake far off below you.
This hike is even better when like I did, you have the summit to yourself on a sunny day with a light breeze and a packed lunch. This is the only place a gas station pre-made sandwich tastes good.
The last part was strenuous and steep, with some slippery pitches. You will have to navigate your way across shale for the last stretch of the hike. I took a (few) tumbles while trying to get down this slippery slope without trekking poles and have some skinned up knees to prove it.
The view at the top was absolutely wonderful, with views of other peaks, and Cecret Lake below. If you don’t want to make it all the way to the peak, you can stop at the ridge between Alta an Snowbird for some of my favorite views of the entire hike. Take in the beauty of Timp in the distance, and relax by the Sugarloaf Peak lift. I was also told you could hike all the way up to the Snowbird lift, take the lift down (pay up, free down!) to a second car and get a ride back to your car at Alta.