Bloods Lake Trail

EASY 199 reviews

Bloods Lake Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brighton, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Bloods Lake Trail is a short hike that's great for the whole family at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Wasatch County. The trailhead can easily be reached from Midway, Salt Lake, and Park City at the top of Old State Route 152, just below Guardsman Pass. There are breathtaking views right from the parking area! With a short distance to the lake, it is an easy hike with the exception of the last portion, which is a steep and rocky trail. The lake is small and clean. If you go to the Southeast corner there is even a rope swing - great for a quick afternoon dip in the cool water on a hot day. This hike is best experienced during the fall for its fall colors and during ate spring and summer for it's display of wildflowers. Guardsman Pass is closed during the winter, which makes this trail inaccessible from November to April.

hiking
14 days ago

We did this hike 8/24/2018, and it was gorgeous! Finally a break from the wildfire smoke. It is a bit steep going down to the lake, but we made it with only one kid falling on her behind. The kids couldn’t wait to take a swim in Bloods Lake since most of our hikes are usually in watershed areas. They LOVED swimming in the lake, and they said this was one of their favorite hikes ever!

16 days ago

A little crowded these days, but still beautiful.

21 days ago

Got there at 7 and was able to see the most beautiful sunset reflecting on the lake!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful lake!

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike. Go early, or forget about getting a parking spot!

1 month ago

Great views. Easy short trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great views but not one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

we went for the first time this summer with our Pub for her first swim water is really cold most of us all got in.... what happened to the rope swing ?

2 months ago

Just visited today, hike is pretty easy until the steep part right before the lake as others have mentioned. The GPS location I got from AllTrails kept trying to make us take a private road on someone's property so I recommend stopping at the parking lot at the top of Guardsman Pass. Out of the 6 of us who swam in the lake only 1 found a leech on them so enter at your own risk!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and short hike but it gets rocky and steep at the end. It was crowded and there were lots of dogs. I went there on a Sunday at 4:00pm. I saw some people swimming and fishing . Overall nice hike

2 months ago

What happened to the rope swing

2 months ago

Pretty short and easy hike until the last bit as it gets a little steep/rocky right before the lake (still doable for kids or beginners though). Went on a weekday around 2 pm and it wasn’t crowded at all. Great views, great for swimming, and dog friendly!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake, just a short hike from the trailhead. Would definitely recommend getting there before 10 to avoid the crowds and get decent parking. The hike down to the lake is short, but a bit steep towards the end. There are several other trails on the opposite side of the lake if you want to explore further. Rope swing isn't there as of today, but the lake is still very swimmable. Lots of trash along the popular swimming spots - please respect nature and pack out what you pack in ✌

hiking
3 months ago

It was nice and short with some great views and pretty wild flowers, but there were a lot of people and mosquitos. My friend went on a week day and it was warmer, we went on a cooler day on the weekend. I recommend doing that if you want the place to your self and fewer bugs.

hiking
3 months ago

I wouldn’t classify this as an easy trail, though it’s certainly doable for inexperienced hikers. Make sure to go in the morning. The lake draws a lot of swimmers.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful time! Get there early to avoid crowds and traffic! Looked like people camp there too.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful scenery. Watch out fo dog poop and doggie bags all over. There was plenty of trash at the trailhead too. Please clean up after yourselves and your dogs.

3 months ago

Beautiful weather. Beautiful trail. We enjoyed this hike with our kids. The rope swing into the lake was refreshing!

hiking
3 months ago

I found a hat and sunglasses up near the top of Guardsman Pass on Sunday 7/8. If they are yours message me describing your items and I can get them back to you.

hiking
3 months ago

Mosquito central bring spray

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, short hike to a lake which is great for anyone ( kids, novice hikers, visitors not used to altitude) to get to (did this w my 6 year old flat lander nephew with no problem). Flowers have been gorgeous this past week. Could make this a longer hike by extending it beyond first lake. Plan ahead for what type of hike: if nature and quiet go in lower traffic hours - weekdays and/ or early morning, if you don’t mind a crowd w plenty of dogs, people, and activity you can go any time.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Beware! This place has now become Grand Central Station for families with young kids and teenagers partying. It’s not a backwoods hike at all anymore. It used to be one of our favorites - we would take the dogs for them to go swimming. That was back when it was private property and people didn’t know about it. But now it has become discovered – you know it’s bad when the forest district has put Porta potty‘s at the trailhead. If you’re looking for loud music, kids screaming on a rope swing, and an incessant flow of idiots hiking in flip-flops and swimsuits, then this is your trail! If you’re looking for an actual nature experience avoid this at all costs. There are so many better places to go. And if you do take your dogs, per the other comments here, please clean up after them and be a responsible dog owner.

3 months ago

The lake was beautiful. The wildflowers are in bloom. The mosquitoes are thick - be prepared with some bug spray!! Took 8 kids under the age of 8, they all did great but the 8 year olds lead us down the wrong trail and it was a little steep and slippery. We watched a few other groups come in on the wrong trail too.

3 months ago

Easy hike with amazing views. Wildflowers are blooming now!

3 months ago

Easy great reward with the lake very pretty .

3 months ago

the lake was a wonderful treat!!

3 months ago

Great for kids - our 5 and 6 year old did it without too much trouble, and a beautiful view at the beginning and the end.

4 months ago

I saw people hauling the trash out, and the trail and lake were clean and pristine!

4 months ago

Perfect family trail - great for kids - extraordinary views. Parking can get a little crazy - go early on the weekends for best experience!

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