Activities & Resources
Albion Meadows/Basin Trail050in Sandy, UT 84092
about Albion Meadows/Basin Trail:
Don't hike this trail looking for any particular destination - hikers choose this trail for the sheer beauty of the trail itself. The trail links up with other trails, but some are of a higher difficulty rating since they cover some steep terrain.
The Albion Meadows/Basin Trail starts at Alta's Goldminer's parking lot, or on the south side of the road, just east of the Snowpine Lodge. Signage between Goldminer's and Snowpine provides information about the history, geology, and wildlife of the area. When the trail reaches Albion Basin Campground hikers can continue on to another easy hike, the Cecret Lake Trail (look for the trailhead on the west end of the campground.)
When the wildflowers are in full bloom, it's a great time to catch the pollinators in action. Hikers see broad-tailed hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds, butterflies, ants, and bees diligently pollinating the flowers in exchange for a food reward.
Moose sightings are not uncommon in this area. Although the moose may appear tame, they can be dangerous and will charge if scared. Be sure to observe them from a safe distance. Use binoculars to get a closer look.
When heading into the wilderness, it's always smart to bring a daypack stocked with bug spray, sunscreen, water, tissue, and snacks. It's also fun to bring along a field guide or two and some binoculars so wildlife viewing opportunities aren't missed. The canyons are great places to see birds, moose, butterflies, wildflowers, deer, and much more. Always make sure wildlife viewing is done from a safe distance; use the binoculars to get a closer look.
No horses, dogs, or motorized vehicle use is allowed on the trail. Mountain bikes are welcome.