Backpack to Bloods and Lackawaxen Lakes

Utah Guardsmen Pass Trailhead

Added by Michael Johnston

The hike is beautiful with even the trailhead exhibiting a beautiful view over the valley east towards Midway and Park City. The trail can get crowded on the weekend, but there aren’t lots of people on weeknights and during rainstorms.

Disclaimer: This backpacking trip enters onto private land, which is not supported by The Outbound Collective, Inc.

This trail is just outside of Big Cottonwood Canyon which forbids both dogs and swimming due to the Salt Lake watershed. As a result, dogs and swimming are more than welcome.

Blood Lake and Lackawaxen Lake Trailhead can be reached by driving up Big Cottonwood approximately 15 miles until the turnoff to Park City and Guardsman Pass. Turn left onto this road and continue another three miles to the Guardsman Pass trailhead. The trail starts on the south side of the parking lot.

Parking is free, just make sure to get there early enough as parking is limited. The trail is also dog friendly, so be sure to include a lease if you bring your dog, as there are quite a few dogs on the trail.

Blue Plate Diner at 2041 South 2100 East in Salt Lake is located not far from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Swing by for the best eggs benedict this side of the Mississippi.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camera
  • Swimming Suit
  • Fishing Pole
  • (Free camping spots are available by both lakes)
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Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1040 Feet



Dog Friendly

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2 months ago

Beautiful short hike!

Even though the parking lot and roads were full, we only saw a handful of people on the trail to Lackawaxen , until we circled around Blood's Lake on the way back. The hike was beautiful and we were all alone at Lake Lackawaxen. Definitely coming back to spend a night there.

2 months ago

about 1 year ago

I found out about Lackawaxen lake summitting Clayton Peak, and it looked so beautiful and so not crowded like Bloods Lake. I will definitely have to spend a night there, thank you for sharing!

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

It's only .6 miles to Blood Lake from parking area.

about 1 year ago

Added by Michael Johnston

Instagram: @michaeljamie Photographer from Springville, UT. Lover of kayaking, hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountain biking.

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