Clayton Peak from Guardsman Pass

MODERATE 22 reviews

Clayton Peak from Guardsman Pass is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Glen, 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

Peak 10420 is both and out and back and loop trail at the top of Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Peak 10420 is a short but very steep trail. There is an elevation gain of about 930 feet in less than a mile. Spectacular views in all directions. You can loop around Bloods Lake or continue on to Clayton Peak.

44 minutes ago

Hiked over 10420 then up to Clayton. Dropped down to lake below guardsman on my way back to the parking lot. Took 2.5 hours, not too long but steep. Beautiful views of Timp and cottonwood canyon from Clayton.

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1 month ago

Took my 10 year old 7/9. We loved it. Very steep, but it's short so that makes up for it. The boulders to get to the actual peak are really fun. Beautiful views of Deer Creek, Jordanelle, and Brighton. There was still a couple patches of snow that allowed us to have a couple snowball fights. Lots of people up there on a weekend. You will more than likely have to park a ways from the trailhead.

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6.29.17

This hike is beautiful. I would rate it as hard since the elevation gain. There was still some snow at the top, which my dogs loved. I absolutely will do this again.

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1 month ago

This is a beautiful quick climb to have mountain top views. The snow along the ridge, this time of year, offers a fun edge to the moderate skill level hike.

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9 months ago

What a great hike to bag a 10,000+ ft summit! Yes, this is a steep hike, but the trail is plenty wide and the views at the top are incredible. Did this about a week ago and there was a dabbling of snow at the top. The hike down (the south side) was a bit steep. My wife and I managed this hike with a 2 year old in a backpack and an 8 month old in a carrier.

Made this a loop by going down the south side of the summit (towards Clayton Peak) and dropping into the gulch below and passing by Bloods Lake.

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9 months ago

Great hike with impressive views. The trailhead is very accessible from the Guardsmen Pass but as others have commented - it is steep right from the start. It is a short hike from the Guardsmen parking lot so we continued on to Clayton Peak (aka Majestic Peak). Clayton peak requires some scrambling over boulders but we had 4 thirteen year old boys in our group and they managed it no problem. You can also tack on a hike down to Lackawaxen lake and then Bloods lake. The top of Clayton provides amazing 360 views of the entire Wasatch range and sits in top of Brighton ski mountain and the Great Western Express comes almost to the top of Clayton.

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11 months ago

Hiked this on the way to Lackawaxen Lake. Nice views

Monday, July 25, 2016

It's a really hard hike

Monday, July 04, 2016

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Continue up to Clayton Peak by taking the trail on the left after you hit the "top" of this one. It's worth the extra uphill. It's a steep scramble, but short. Clayton Peak provides an incredible 360 view of Park City, Heber, Mt Timp, and Big Cottonwood Canyon. Actual hike time out and back for me was a little under 2 hours. Perfect for after work in the summer evening.

Monday, June 20, 2016

This was definitely a fun trail. I got slightly confused on the directions and mixed up with Clayton's peak, but found it. Dogs loved it and went in mid June and we were blessed with some fun snow for them. Making the loop down to the lake and connecting to the trail out back to the parking lot was a perfect loop. Moderate to hard depending on fitness level at the beginning with some good vertical.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Nice trail. Very strenuous uphill to the top although less than a mile. Once you get to the top continue left for the actual peak of 10420 (there is a rocky false peak on the right). The top is a great 3-4 square meter precipice and offers outstanding views of the top. The trail swings around the backside of the mountain and heads down to bloods lake. Instead, we opted to go straight down the bowl of the mountain on a "trail" that forced us to pick our way down/ perform switchbacks. It became a much tougher but more rewarding hike because of this. Strongly recommend.