Clayton Peak via Guardsman Pass Trail

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Clayton Peak via Guardsman Pass Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
1,404 feet
Out & Back

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wild flowers


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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.

6 days ago

Steep with numerous areas of loose gravel and dust. Views are spectacular - numerous lakes below on both sides of the trail. Flowers are in bloom, which is good, but with the flowers comes swarms of butterflies, bees and flies. Nothing was biting, but the constant "buzzing" sound got old.

7 days 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.

11 days ago

Tough, steep trail. Did this last week with a friend because we wanted to fit in a short, harder workout and this was perfect fit. Will probably do this one again with a less direct route via some of the lakes. Take bug spray!!!! As mentioned in prior review parking at Guardsman is usually crowded even during weekdays. Very nice at the top!

16 days ago

Fun time on this trail today. Beginning section is very steep but do not let that stop you from trudging along. The first side peak you pass is definitely worth checking out! We came back the same way we came up and wish we connected the loop with blood lake because it was a slippery walk down

17 days ago

Steep, beautiful breezy hike, we connected with blood lake trail on the way back.
Small parking lot was full at 10am. We waited a few mins then parked alongside the main road, which was lined with 30+ cars. Returned to a nice row of cars with parking tickets, including ours...If you park alongside the road, make sure you are not over the white line!

1 month ago

Don’t be fooled by the short distance — this is a tough trail. Very steep. The final approach to Clayton Peak is basically scampering over boulders. Views are incredible!

3 months ago

Amazing views!

8 months ago

A quick drive from Salt Lake, dog friendly, extraordinary views. This hike delivers so much in just 2.5 miles.

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9 months ago

Great hike! Nice and short to bag a peak. Lots of snow on top though, up to my knees. I had poles that helped a lot, but forgot my spikes. I highly recommend you wear spikes!

11 months 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.

11 months ago

Fun day hike and beautiful scenery. Hike up 10-420 is strenuous but pretty easy to the top of Clayton after that. Sketchy decent to Lakawaxan lake but nice hike back to guardsmen pass from there. Several non marked trail splits.....always choose left.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

We hiked from Guardsmans Pass up to Peak 420 and continued up to Clayton Peak. We came back down and around Bloods Lake. The total mileage was 3.2 miles but felt like 7 miles because it's pretty steep. I wouldn't suggest for little kids, Bloods Lake is a great one for kids. Overall this is a really pretty hike and will give you a good workout. Dogs love this hike too.. at least mine did!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017


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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The written overview doesn't match the map. There are two routes. The written one does start from the resort and you climb the south side of the peak. The route on the map starts from Guardsman Pass and you would follow the upper trail above the route to Bloods Lake, climb over peak 10400, then go down the saddle and up the west ridge of Clayton. I prefer the map route but if parking is not available at the pass, the second route is just fine as well.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The trail was breathtaking. It was steep at times, with a scramble at the end. I was amazed at how accessible the hike was. Well worth it

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

We hiked this trail in mid-October and by the time we reached the top- it was really windy and had a few snow flurries. But it was well worth it given the magnificent views. You have great views of Brighton/Solitude, Mt. Timpanogos and down to Midway. The peak sits right on top of the Great Western Express lift from Brighton. We parked at the top of Guardsman Pass and hiked via 10,420 Peak and then continued on. The top of Clayton has a lot of rocks/boulders that you have to scurry over but nothing super technical or scary. A very accessible peak (about 1-1.5 hours) from Guardsman Pass.

Monday, October 17, 2016

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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hiked this on the way to Lackawaxen Lake. Nice views

Sunday, September 04, 2016

JUST an FYI, If you are starting this trail from 224 (Guardsman's Pass) this is NOT a good trail for cross country skiing...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great little hike, steeper than Mt. Timp trail! You can see almost all the ski lifts in the area and even cecret lake. Beautiful!

Monday, July 25, 2016

It's a really hard hike

Friday, July 08, 2016

Very vertical, like the previous reviews have said, but the views are absolutely stunning. I would agree with another reviewer that this is really for the experienced hiker or those who are incredibly motivated to see the views. It kicked my butt! There were a lot of mosquitos out when we went and my "natural" bug repellant didn't do scare any of them away. I would recommend using bug spray before you go.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very vertical, lots of bouldering. I wasn't sure if it was an out-and-back or it there was a loop trail off the other side of summit. There's not!

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.

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.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Great hike. Very vertical! Basically climbs several peaks up to the summit of Clayton Peak. Clayton peak requires bouldering in order to reach the summit, similar to Mount Olympus summit if you've ever done that hike. Clayton Peak sits right above the top of the Great Western ski lift at Brighton Ski Resort. From Clayton Peak I dropped down the slope to Lake Lackawaxen. There really wasn't a trail that I could find from Clayton Peak down to the lake. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone except for advanced, experienced hikers. It was above average treacherous coming down the slope from the summit. Especially after submitting Clayton Peak, the legs were a lil shaky from gaining all that vert. Very vertical! From Lake Lackawaxen there's a trail back to Bloody Lake and then back to the parking lot. Overall it was a fun hike, the biggest payoff was the views from Clayton peak of Big Cottonwood, Heber, Alta, Snowbird, PC, and Deer Valley.

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