top of page

Cecret Lake

About The Location

Cecret lake, located above Albion Basin, used to be an amazing place to take pictures.  Unfortunately, because of the restrictions put on Albion Basin, Cecret Lake has fallen victim to the same restrictions as Albion Basin.  Because of that, the forestry service has made it nearly impossible for professional photographers to take pictures here by requiring every photographer to file a permit 5 days in advance of every shoot.  There is also an expensive shoot fee of $160.  And, you cannot go off the path!

From the forestry service..."Areas down canyon or outside of the Albion Basin area may not require a permit. The reason for permits in Albion Basin (and the Silver Lake area in BCC) is due to the vegetation damage that the area has seen from groups not staying on existing trails and roads.  If one is photographing only flowers, scenery, or landscapes (with no products or people in the photos), a permit is not needed.  A permit is also not needed if you are doing personal photography, or of family/friends where there is no money exchange. If one is found to be claiming ‘free’ or ‘friend only’ photography, but then is found charging off site for a photo product, a citation may be issued. These groups must also obey the rules and stay on existing trails and roads. Anyone going off trail and into the vegetation/flowers  or picking flowers can be cited."  So, needless to say, Cecret Lake is no longer a viable place to shoot pictures.  It costs too much, you can't have clients stand in the wildflowers on the way up to the lake, and its to difficult to find a place to park.  However if you feel the need to go through the hoops, you can click on the word document to request a permit.  The good news is I have lots of other amazing places that are free where you can find wildflowers.


Current Weather




Extremely limited.  There is a small dirt parking lot that accommodates about 30 cars, but is almost always full.  In addition, you cannot park along the side of the road or you will be cited.

Location Type





pine trees

rocky cliffs

high mountains

Best Time of Day To Shoot  

2 hours prior to sunset

Best Time Of Year To Shoot 

Mid July when the trail to the lake opens through October

bottom of page