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Bloods Lake

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Bloods Lake is a beautiful lake near Guardsman Pass, between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Park City.  This is a new trail that opened in 2019, thanks to a private donor.  The old trail was shorter and began near the pass, where parking was very limited, so this is a much better option.  They did a great job on the trail and we all loved it!  The parking lot is on the Park City side of the ridge and is large enough for many more cars. It’s still not big enough for the demand during peak times. There are restrooms and a crosswalk to get to the trail.

The trail is a combination of aspen trees, pine forests and beautiful vistas!

In mid-late summer there are amazing wildflowers throughout!

There are stone benches to allow you to rest and appreciate the view.  The first one has a little spur off about 30 yards off the trail and the other one is just off the main trail.

Bloods Lake Trail

Most of this trail is very easy, but there is a bit of incline about two-thirds of the way there.  There are switchbacks and it’s plenty doable even with toddlers if you take a few breaks.  There are amazing views while you wait.

Dogs are allowed on this trail until the last 0.2 mile to the lake. Dogs can go to Lake Lackawaxen further along the trail. I can’t get over the stunning views along the trail!

In the fall some of the pines were decorated with fallen aspen leaves!

The lake is beautiful!  It looks different from opposite sides of the lake.

I saw a few chipmunks and squirrels on the trail, but only got a good shot of this one.

The trail around the lake used to go most of the way around, but now it’s partially blocked (the part you can see on the opposite side of the lake in this photo. 

Bloods Lake

The fall views are lovely too!

Stats: Distance – 2.8 miles round trip 
Approximate hiking time – 2-3 hours
Elevation gain – 465 feet                      Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead
Seasons to hike – May -October
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Partially (not at the lake, but most of the rest)

Click here for Lake Lackawaxen Trail

A minutes away in Big Cottonwood Canyon you can hike Silver Lake Loop, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes or Willow Lake.

On the Midway Park City side you can hike the Huber Grove and Epperson Trail Loop, Cascade Springs, Jordanelle Reservoir, and Deer Creek Reservoir.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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