Bloods Lake Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Bloods Lake Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Midway, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
249 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

private property

Bloods Lake Trail is a short hike that 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. Once at Blood Lake, you have the option to stay, turn around, or continue on to other lakes in the area including Lackawaxen Lake, Brimhall Lake, and Silver Lake 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. This trail is on private property. Be respectful to the land owner and do not leave trash.

8 days ago

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

12 days ago

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

13 days ago

I’ve seen leaches in the water before. So be careful.

13 days ago

Short and easy. Passed many bags of dog poop left from the day before. How hard is it to pick up? Pretty lake.

27 days ago

This is a fun place to go but if your going up for the rope swing you’ll wana know A few things 1. There’s a weight limit I wana say anyone over 220 pounds better be able to hold them selfs up and grab the rope from higher up because the branch dips a lot more then you think it will 2 it’s on a steep hill with cut down trees that look like spears so keep your feet up 3 try to get as far out into the lake when swinging there’s like a huge rock so make sure you clear it my brother didn’t and said he crumbled when he landed like a tin can 4 not for kids 5 it’s pretty freaking sweet swinging on some mildly dangerous rope swing into a pretty lake it’s amazing and fun af we set up hammocks brought out a canoe and had a blast I’m not sure about camping there but I’ve seen people camping there enjoy the lake guys

27 days ago

Loved this trail. Brought a cousin of mine from NYC and she enjoyed it. A pretty easy hike despite the steepness towards the end. Will return with my dog next time and maybe come back to fish.

hiking
1 month ago

We tried. Road gate is still closed. Walked the road up to the TH- still lots of snow and ice.

hiking
7 months ago

Did a loop up to the first peak then down around the lake. It was good.

7 months ago

Brought my pup and it was a great hike! Snow up there and great to walk around the lake!

8 months ago

Great quick hike to a peaceful lake .

hiking
8 months ago

Great, easy hike. My 2 year-old walked almost the whole way. It is super muddy and icy...but still fun! I will be doing this one again next summer with all three kids.

8 months ago

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9 months ago

Easy out and back trail leading to the beautiful Bloods lake. Rocky trail descending to the lake. Went on a week day when it was not too crowded, and we found a shady spot to sit and dip our feet in the icy water of the lake. Would be a great picnic spot.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a hike to a beautiful and large lake, but the last .2 mile or so is really dangerous. I went down on the left trail and up on the right and both are terrible. Not safe for little children at all. They need to redo this trail so that it is safer. Switchbacks or something would be better than just going straight down and straight up.It's also really loud at the lake. Lots of people swimming, which I don't mind, but it's all the streaming and yelling and barking that bother me. Wish this was further off the road so that maybe not so many people would come.

10 months ago

this trail is no longer private property and is now owned by the public after we raised $13 million to stop the industrialization of the area! strict NO TRASH rule

10 months ago

Love this trail! We picnicked down at the lake. It's very steep right before getting to the lake. I had a baby in an ergo and my husband had our toddler in a backpack and we had to hold hands while walking down the steep area just to ensure neither one of us slipped. I wouldn't let kids wear sandals walking down it. After the lake we ended up hiking up the mountain and over to lake lackawaxen (not sure if that is spelled right) and that is a TOUGH hike. Especially with baby/toddler.

10 months ago

Short hike to a beautiful lake. Tiny bit of a steep scramble right before the lake, but nothing too challenging. I've got a bum knee, and had a one year old on my back in a pack, and did not struggle at all. Scenery was beautiful.

10 months ago

nice short hike, plenty of gorgeous wildflowers.

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy trail for the kids. Took my 5 and 7 year olds and they did just fine! Beautiful lake you can swim in. One of my favorites!

10 months ago

So fun. Just a short steep section that is a little difficult for little kids but a fun challenge for them too. Beautiful lake at the end.

10 months ago

Breathtaking views right at the parking lot. It's not an easy trail, though -- it's short, but the steep descent over uneven ground right before the lake wasn't "easy" on the way back up...at least with a thirty pound pack, it wasn't easy for me! Beautiful wildflowers, great place for the kids to explore. There's a sharp drop off for the first 50 meters of the trail, then the rest I'd say is kid-friendly. Drive up was a bit scary, FYI. No shoulder, narrow two lane highway, sheer cliff!!

11 months ago

Very short, easy hike with a lot of people and dogs at the lake. The wildflowers alone make it worth it though, so beautiful. We plan on going back and hiking up to Lackawaxen next time!

11 months ago

Easy short hike for littles. Just make sure to bring the bug spray! We kept hiking past Bloods up to Lackawaxen. The flowers are so pretty right now.

hiking
11 months ago

Short and easy hike into the lake, love that its dog friendly. The wild flowers are SO stunning right now! However, I've been going consistently the past week or so and the mosquitoes are terrible! We started to hike down to Silver Lake and I had to turn back because I was getting eaten alive. Wait until the mosquito season has calmed down before camping or hiking! Or just slather on the bug spray.

11 months ago

I'd give it four stars but for all the irresponsible dog owners who leave bagged dog crap on the side of the trail "to pick it up on the way out." It made the trail look so trashy: there must have been two dozen bags on the way in. I don't get to leave my trash next to the trail to pick up on the way back. These dog owners shouldn't be able to do what they do either. I don't dislike dogs. Just selfish dog owners who don't care about anyone else trying to enjoy the trail.

11 months ago

Beautiful wild flowers and alpine lake. Mostly easy hike with a steep descent to the lake. LOTS of people and dogs.

11 months ago

Very short hike if you just want to get out with your dog or small kids who can't hike too far. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Did this with my 6 year old in late June. She got to hike and play in the snow. We both loved sitting on the island looking for wildlife. Short but spectacular hike.

mountain biking
Friday, June 09, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

I've been here 2-3 times and it's always beautiful and I only saw maybe a couple other people. Not too busy at all! The dogs loved it and really enjoyed splashing in the lake.

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