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Clayton Peak via Guardsman Pass Trail

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Clayton Peak via Guardsman Pass Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,129 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

During winter the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. Dogs are permitted on this trail because it is east of the Salt Lake City watershed, but please be mindful to not bring dogs into the watershed areas near Brighton, Big Cottonwood, and Little Cottonwood Canyons.

hiking
4 days ago

This was a gorgeous hike, meandering through aspen woods and alongside a creek, studded with wildflowers of all colors. We went with a six year old and four teens and all had a blast. The first part up to Bloods Lake was fairly crowded on this beautiful July day, but once we passed Bloods Lake, we pretty much had the trail all to ourselves. There was lots of bouldering up at the top and stunning views. Well worth the trip, but once we descended back down to lackawaxie Lake, we sure wish we’d heeded all the advice by other Alltrails users who mentioned bug spray! Other than that, it was a delightful hike.

hiking
great!
scramble
10 days ago

I loved this hike. The peak is pretty easy to access and then you can jump in the lake to cool down. So much fun!

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful in the fall as well as winter. My go to spot to snowshoe.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail but, when we arrived by car, parking was prohibited at the trailhead on Guardsmen Pass. A sign directed us approx 1 Mile east and downhill to the trailhead to Bloods Pond. We were able to devise a loop heading past Bloods Pond then scaling up to the Guardsman Pass trail. A great loop if you have 3-4 hours.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked on 20sept. The parking lot for the trails here is permanently closed. You can park at a new area 1.2 miles east where there is access to a new bloods lake trail. We parked there and then hitched back up to this trailhead. Connected this trail with another that took us to Bloods lake and then hiked out on that trail to our car. The whole trail was awesome. Making it a point to point we saw so many different areas with open meadows and forest and mountain peaks for days! Loved it!

hiking
9 months ago

The trailhead shown in the directions at Guardsman's pass is now closed. It is now just a drop-off area. The parking is a mile east of Guardsman's pass, a new trailhead for Bloods Lake. We took this trailhead to go to Clayton Peak. There was snow and ice on the trail early in the morning, so spikes were really helpful. This approach to Clayton is very rocky, so with the snow on the boulders, it was a little dicey, but our group made it to the top. The views were beautiful.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views. I was there in 5th September. Started at 7 AM at Montage, I reached the summit ať 9:20 AM. Highly recommended! :)

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
11 months ago

Did this July 2nd. It’s definitely tough and quite a vertical gain, but totally doable for people in reasonable fitness. Recommend hiking boots or waterproof shoes and poles if you’re faint of heart. The top third or so is all snow. Gorgeous views at every point. Took us about two hours with lots of rests and picture-taking. For a more relaxing, family hike, you can just loop around the lake at the base by the parking lot.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
snow
11 months ago

Hiked 7/15, patches of snow near the top. Beautiful 360 views of Park City, Heber, and Salt Lake City. Pretty steep climb from the start, and the last 10 minutes requires you to scramble over big boulders. Worth the climb once you get to the top!

hiking
Mon Jul 08 2019

great views as always. some snowy patches, but very doable without spikes. still not sold dogs can go to Clayton as it's in the BCC watershed.

hiking
Sun Jul 07 2019

We hiked this trail and although there were a few patches of snow we were able to make it to the first summit. Too dicey to hike the next ridge line. Amazing views, challenging, rocky, climb. Highly advise hiking poles and proper boots.

hiking
Tue Jul 02 2019

Hiked this at 8:30 a.m. today. The trail is a thin path to the right of the trailhead that leads down to Blood's Lake. Easy to miss. It was a steep climb to the top with a lot of snow that obscured the trail about 3/4 way up. We couldn't see the trail so walked on the snow. Personally scared me a bit but glad we kept going. highly recommend shoes with good tread. Also, might wait a couple of weeks for the snow to melt. Views at the top were great!

closed
Mon Jun 10 2019

june 9 road closed

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

Very thankful to have done this climb with my huskies before Guardsman Pass closes. Climbs rapidly in a short amount of distance. The snow wasn't too bad when I was there. Crampons probably not necessary in my opinion. Gaiters would be good though .. :-) !!

hiking
Thu Oct 04 2018

Great trail, headed out towards Blood Lake and the views were breathtaking. The only wildlife we saw was a moose which was AWESOME. We were 25 yards away from her on the hiking path.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Not a hike I expected, but I loved the scrambling over boulders to get to the top! Colors changing and gorgeous views all around. We did the loop around Bloods and Lackawaxen Lake as well as Peak 10420, all of which are entirely do-able if you want to make this a two-fer peak day along with lakes. Bloods Lake had a ton of families and dogs, so if you don't like crowds, don't plan on spending time at that lake. Lackawaxen was less people and more serene.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

very fun to do at sunset !

Sun Aug 19 2018

I loved this hike!! We decided to hike the peak in the morning to see the sunrise. We started hiking around 4am and got to the peak at 5:30am. It’s a pretty steep hike, and when you get to the ridge line it can be a little difficult to follow. The entire experience is definitely worth it. There is also a lake directly below the peak. If you back track about 0.5 miles back you can hike down to it. Do this hike you won’t regret it!!!

Wed Aug 15 2018

nice little hike after work

hiking
Mon Aug 13 2018

Great hike with good views at the top. While on the trail we ran into Forest Service officials who indicated that this trail is actually in watershed, so no dogs are allowed. Dogs can be on the trails to blood lake. But not allowed on the peak area.

Sun Jul 22 2018

Had to park on the road, typical for a Saturday. What I love about this trail is there’s no lead up or long approach to the steep trail. You start climbing right after the parking lot. Definitely a hard trail but can be done by most in average health, with frequent stops (like me). You can climb 2 peaks on this route. Lots of rocks and boulders to cross. Great hike to wear your approach shoes on! I came back via Blood lake, didn’t want to try and navigate the steep slopes down on the out/back route.

hiking
Fri Jul 20 2018

Early 7 am start. One hour each way. Cool at top with beautiful view. Bugs weren’t a problem. Get to parking lot before 7 am on weekday and spaces are available. Steep slippery conditions coming down a little hard on the knees.

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