If you are looking for the best wildflower display in Utah, head up to the Albion Meadows Trail (3.7 miles out and back). Located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in the ski area of Alta, you will be rewarded with wildflowers by the millions usually the last two weeks of July. They even hold a free wildflower festival with guided walks, but we chose to go a week early to beat the crowds.... sort of.
Cecret Lake is a very popular hike that also starts in Alta. The parking for Cecret Lake fills up fast, so some people choose to take the shuttle and others choose to take the Albion Meadows trail until it connects with the Cecret Lake trail. There are a lot of people that say parking is impossible due to the popularity of Cecret Lake on weekends, however we had no problem finding a spot midday Saturday.
The hike pretty much starts from the parking lot. You can't miss it. After about a quarter mile you will have a choice between a wide gravel type path and single track. Take the single track as it is easier and in my opinion has better views.
You will eventually reach Alf's restaurant. Here you can continue on straight to the Cecret Lake trail behind some construction, turn left to make the Albion Meadows Loop, or turn right to head up Germaine Pass. We chose Germaine Pass and were so glad that we did! We met a man that showed us a pink Columbine, apparently the rarest flower that we would see there. Unfortunately it was in a spot that we couldn't grab a photo. We told him that we had seen a blue Columbine the day before on the Wasatch Crest Trail in Big Cottonwood. He confirmed that it was just as rare! (Photo below)
We also ran into this cute little guy! He was totally posing for us.
We turned around about .5 mile into Germaine Pass. On the way back past Alf's, Karl spotted a moose! This was our first moose sighting while hiking. We sat and watched him forever.
Albion Meadows Trail is the perfect way to wander around Little Cottonwood Canyon. There are so many other trails to explore along the way that I guarantee you won't stay on the Albion Meadows trail the whole time.