Backpack to Bloods and Lackawaxen Lakes

Guardsmen Pass Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camera
  • Swimming Suit
  • Fishing Pole
  • (Free camping spots are available by both lakes)
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1040 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake

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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!

Favorite Local Hike

This is my favorite local hike. It has the best of everything, a beautiful 360 view, wildflowers, lakes surrounded by boulders and grassy meadows. It's not too far of a hike and has a pretty good climb at the beginning, just enough to make you feel like you got a decent workout in. The way back is mostly downhill if you head north east towards Bloods Lake instead of going back up peak 420. I would suggest beginning by going up 420 peak the down to Lackawaxen then Bloods and out. It's around 5 miles total. Dogs are also allowed which is awesome!

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.


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