Backpack to Bloods and Lackawaxen Lakes

4 Miles Round Trip - 1040 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Guardsmen Pass Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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.

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.

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4 Miles
1040 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Bloods and Lackawaxen lake

Beautiful wild flowers. The road has recently been paved and guard rails were added. You can’t park at the top anymore. Parking is at the new bloods lake trail entrance. It’s an open dirt area with bathrooms. This hike is dog friendly and fairly moderate up to bloods! It gets more challenging on the way to Lackawaxen. Don’t forget to take a dip!Go during the weekdays. Weekends are nuts. I went on a Monday and I was alone the whole day. There’s some sweet camping spots at Lackawaxen too.

PARKING

There is NO PARKING at the Guardsman Pass Summit. The old parking area has been removed and will be replaced with a Pick Up Drop off area. Parking is not allowed on the road on either side of the summit. The NEW parking area is located 1 mile east of the summit and the NEW trail head is across the street from the Parking area. DOGS are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon west of the summit. So parking below the summit and walking your dog to the summit, you risk getting a ticket.

It’s A Beautiful And Easy Scenic Hike

It’s a rough road up to guardsman’s pass. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot. The trail is unmarked but easy to follow. Slightly downhill to Blood’s Lake. A little over a half a mile to the lake. Picturesque mountain lake!