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Bloods Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Park City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Scramble
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NOTE: The trailhead for this route changed in 2020. The old trailhead at Guardsman Pass is now solely a drop-off point and viewpoint. The trail between Bloods Lake and Guardsman Pass is now closed. The route on this page avoids the closed trail. Dogs are allowed on the trail but not or near in the lake. (They must stay 100 feet away.) During winter the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. 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 its display of wildflowers. Guardsman Pass is closed during the winter, which makes this trail inaccessible from November to April.

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Alex Stark
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Beautiful alpine lake. Not very hard, there’s one hill at the end. Hike is at pretty high elevation.

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Ally K
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Trail is clearly marked and well maintained. Great hike to a lake! Saw a moose on the side of the trail fairly close to trailhead, but kept its distance.

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Fiona Hughes
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Lots of work done to the trail this year - very pretty and shady. This area is a favorite of both male and female moose. We spotted a bull moose resting peacefully in the shade very close to the trail, but there was an unfortunate incident with this moose right after we finished our hike last weekend, so beware. It is rutting season and, as a result, the moose may be very unpredictable.

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Dan Moeller
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Visiting Park City from Denver and our AirBnB host recommended this trail! The drive up the pass to get to trailhead is beautiful, parking was easy and the hike itself was great for our family! A nice mix of easy-moderate!

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Lila Mankad
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AGGRESSIVE BULL MOOSE KNOCKED SOMEONE UNCONSCIOUS : This hike is beautiful, but it is home to very territorial moose who sent a woman to the hospital. We were hiking up to Bloods Lake, down the trail listed as the recommended one for dogs with 2 adults, 2 kids, and 1 dog. We reached a fork in the trail, and a group of people with some dogs came behind us, so we let them go ahead of us. We continued hiking behind them, when they turned a corner bull moose began charging our whole group. The moose hit somebody and knocked them unconscious. Our family dove into the trees while the other family called 911. The moose turned on us and started charging, changed it’s mind and turned back to the other family. The moose stood guard over the injured person, not letting them move. Eventually, the paramedics with vehicles arrived and scared the moose, and helped the woman. The trail wasn’t even blocked off after the attack!

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Skye Rindlisbach
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Loved this hike! Easy to follow and beautiful views at the top and the lake was gorgeous too. We did see some moose!

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C J
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Great trail through beautiful trees with decent shade along the path. Lovely lookout points along the way. You can extend the hike by going on to Lake Lackawaxen, which has several sections covered in huge rocks (which are fun to cross). It's quieter up at Lake Lackawaxen but it wasn't crazy crowded at Bloods and I went on a Sat afternoon. Weather was perfect, lake was super chilly! The only challenge was trying to keep any distance from passing hikers as the trails are narrow. Definitely recommend! (The trailhead has parking and toilets.)

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Krista Hamilton
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The hike can get very packed after 10 AM so I recommend going before that. It is a beautiful hike though.

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Emad Sarraj
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There are a couple of trailheads from the parking lot, make sure you take the one leading to Bloods Lake. Good trail, peaceful lake.

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Lauren Van Roekel
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Nice easy trail. Very busy but got to see a bull moose!

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Allison Wright
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Accidentally started off on the wrong trailhead, going the opposite direction. We quickly realized and back tracked. If you don't see an informative sign advertising blood lake, wrong trail! We did see a moose. He seemed to be a regular as hikers said he was there on their way up. We came back on loopine and Kalamazoo trails. I loved the guiding signs on the trail! They are obviously very new and easy to see.

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Tina Wright
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A lot of people on the trail but if you make it a loop and take the loopine trail back you wont have any traffic. Saw a moose sitting between a trail loop very close to the trail. A few dog owners not following the signs. Makes all dog owners look bad. Hopefully they won’t ruin trail access for the rest of us.

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Jennifer Grlicky
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Nice trail, updated dog rules...added a couple extra trails to make it 5 miles

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Tess W.
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Fairly easy. Very shaded and beautiful through the forest. Gets a bit hilly nearing the lake. Saw a bull moose just off the trail at the lake!!! Will definitely be doing this one again

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Milan T.
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!!!! Dogs are not allowed at Bloods Lake !!! It should be changed

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Mary Beth Pierce
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Great hike! Challenging but short. Great views, beautiful lake. Saw a bull moose drinking and lounging at the lake! Will do this one again.

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Adam Willis
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lindsay b
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Beautiful hike, but very busy, even during the week. Hiking in such close quarters, our group wore masks to help protect ourselves and others, though very few other hikers did the same.

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Eamon McCormick
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Relatively easy hike into Blood’s Lake. Busy holiday weekend. Easy access swimming was super refreshing. Took

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Brad Dickter
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LOST iPHONE at Bloods Lake Trailhead! My partner lost her phone in the bathroom Sunday, 9/6. It’s in a rugged black case. Please contact me at 3104675200 if found, thanks!!!

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Ruby Ann Alforque
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Easy in the beginning, moderate hike due to incline. Super shady and molding busy at 8am in a Saturday morning

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Nina Shah
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Great hike, plenty of shade and amazing views.

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Alisa Brough
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Very dusty right now and all the wild flowers are gone, but the lakes are beautiful.

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Liz M
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Great, fairly easy, hike. The trailhead starts ACROSS the road South of the parking lot and the restrooms. Go early to avoid crowds. About 1/2 of the hikers were wearing masks. I got there at 7:30 am on a Thursday, and there was only 4 cars in the parking lot. Bloods Lake is beautiful, and there was even a moose on the edge of the water.

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Quail Steinhaus
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Beaitiful hike. Saw an enormous moose super close to the trail. Easy enough to do quickly, but an entertaining climb as well. There were a ton of people ignoring the dog rules which was disappointing.

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Bruce Canetti
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Michele Burman
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Great hike. Make sure you see the Bloods lake trailhead marker.

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Ginny Brown
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Beautiful scenery. Saw a moose! Incredible lake!

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Ashma Shrestha
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Great hike! Loved that we could make harder when we had the energy!

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Glenn J
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