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Bloods Lake

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • The trail heading east toward the Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • The view from the trail down toward Park City and Midway.- Bloods Lake
  • Looking back toward Guardsman's Pass.- Bloods Lake
  • Shooting the scenery on the trail to Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • A few overnighters in the shade.- Bloods Lake
  • The trail is mostly a gentle slope.- Bloods Lake
  • As you get closer to Bloods Lake it can get pretty steep.- Bloods Lake
  • Bloods Lake is perfect for the whole family.- Bloods Lake
  • Lupine growing on the south side of the lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Bloods Lake is a great spot for dogs to cool off on hot summer days.- Bloods Lake
  • The kids love to watch the adults acting like kids.- Bloods Lake
  • The rope swing at Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • The rope swing at Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Taking the drop from the rope swing at Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Bloods Lake is a serene place not too far from the city.- Bloods Lake
  • Granite skree field cascading into the lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Pure bliss at Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Fire pit for some backcountry campers.- Bloods Lake
  • Dogs love this place!- Bloods Lake
  • Paddleboarding on Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
  • Heading home from a great day at Bloods Lake.- Bloods Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Dogs allowed. Short hike. Rope swing. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Buggy. Can get pretty crowded.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Bloods Lake is a local favorite for people on both sides of the Wasatch because it straddles the border between the two. You can easily access the trailhead from the cities of Salt Lake, Park City, and Midway by heading toward Guardsman's Pass. The dogs of the Wasatch Front love Bloods Lake because they are restricted anywhere west of the pass, and this is one of the closest watering holes for them to legally take a dip in a lake. The property is actually private land, but people are given free access to enjoy with their entire family.

The trail is not very difficult because it is only half a mile to the lake, but keep in mind it can get pretty steep toward the bottom and the smaller kids might need assistance at that point. Expect to see a ton of wildflowers in the late summer as well as a moose, marmot, or a swarm of hummingbirds. Bloods Lake is just the first of several lakes in the area accessible from here, Lackawaxen, Brimhall, and Silver Lake are also just short distances away.

A rope swing on the west side of the lake provides a little extra fun for those who aren't quite satisfied with slowly entering the frigid mountain water. There are also a few fire pits and logs set up for seating near the northwest side of the lake. The pass is closed during the winter and can only be accessed from May to October. The dates are not set in stone so check road conditions for seasonal road closures and opening days in Utah.

Remember to be respectful: This is private land and the owner could change their minds about access if we don't treat the area respectfully.

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