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Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Getting a jump on the day.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Dawn breaking on the Guardsman Overlook snowshoe.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Looking east toward Guardsman Pass with Peak 10420 above.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Left to right: Peak 10420 (10,420 ft), Clayton Peak (10,721 ft), Mount Wolverine (10,795 ft), and the Honeycomb Cliffs (10,479 ft).- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Dawn breaking on the Guardsman Overlook snowshoe.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Views of Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing to Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Beautiful views en route to Guardsman Pass.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Looking west and down valley to Mount Raymond (10,241 ft) on the left and Gobbler's Knob (10,240 ft) to its right.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Beautiful views en route to Guardsman Pass.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Sunrise is the best time to do this hike.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Beautiful views en route to Guardsman Pass.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • The route follows a closed road.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Beautiful views en route to Guardsman Pass.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Enjoying the crisp winter morning. The route may be packed enough for microspikes to suffice.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • More views from the snowshoe to Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • More views from the snowshoe to Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • More views from the snowshoe to Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • More views from the snowshoe to Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Mount Wolverine and its beautiful cirque. Brighton Ski Resort sits beneath it, Alta Ski Resort is located on the opposite side behind it in Little Cottonwood Canyon- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • More views from the snowshoe to Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Breathtaking views along this route.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing up to the Guardsman Overlook.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Coming up to the pass.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Looking toward the trails for Bloods Lake, Peak 10420 and Clayton Peak.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • The wind at the top of the pass can be quite strong.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Fantastic views on a clear morning at Guardsman Pass.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Looking down into Midway and Heber City. Park City is located off to the left.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Cutting through the trees on the way back.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • Microspikes suffice when the trail has been packed.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
  • This is where you start the hike, but be sure to park behind the No Parking sign.- Guardsman Overlook Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Not very steep. Amazing views. Lots of options from the top.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Limited parking.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
837.00 ft (255.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,900.00 ft (2,712.72 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Guardsman Pass is a year-round outdoor conduit for hikers, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers and snowmobile enthusiasts. In the winter the road is plowed about a mile up Guardsman Pass Road, but it is left covered in snow beyond that. Find legal parking alongside the road and continue up the snow-covered road to the pass. It usually is very packed down because of the many snowmobiles on this trail. You will only need full snowhshoes after a recent, large storm or if you plan on going into the less tracked places beyond the lookout. From the pass you will have many options to continue further if you like. Bloods Lake and Lackawaxen Lake, Peak 10420, Clayton Peak, Scott's Bypass, Park City, Midway and Heber City can all be accessed from Guardsman Pass. You're likely to come across many forms of outdoor recreation here and lots of people getting after it. This hike follows the summer road, so the gradient isn't as steep as many other hikes in the area. The mellow terrain allows you to enjoy the incredible views. Every direction you look is another snowy peak, near and far. There are incredible views to the south and west, in particular along Brighton and Solitude ski resorts below. It is quick, easy, has a low avalanche danger, and can be the start of many other adventures.

Sunrise is really the time to be here to avoid the crowds as much as possible. Frequent snowmobile traffic can make the area hard to enjoy for hikers, so it's worth going at low frequency times. Also, the view looks east at the top of the saddle, so it's great to be rewarded with the new day's sun on your face. There is even another route option while heading back if the snowpack does not pose a threat. Skip the long road home and just drop into the canyon below to the west. It links up with the road, and you can even use the large high-powered electrical lines as a heading: They will lead you right back to the summer road while giving you a cool trek through the aspen with fresher snow. It is much more fun and a lot quicker, but if the conditions are questionable, please go back on the way you came which is much safer. Check your conditions at the Utah Avalanche Center before you head into the Wasatch during winter.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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