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

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 2,129 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

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Getting There

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.

Park in the parking area at the top of Guardsman Pass. No facilities.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Salt Lake City: Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) to Brighton. Start from the Lake Mary Trailhead which is located behind the Mt. Majestic Lodge. The Clayton Peak Trail leaves from the Lake Mary Trail about 3/4 mile from the trailhead.

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Jonathan Schiff
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Great family hike! Wonderful views. We dropped off a group at the old trailhead and then parked in the lot a mile or so down road. Then walked up the road to meet up. Great views, excellent scramble up top and then ends near blood lake. Bring your wet gear so you can celebrate with a swim! Everyone enjoyed this one.

ned bob
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of fun. Lots of people till you pass bloods lake. IMPORTANT NOTICE: the trail that this app tells you to take once you reach bloods lake is PERMANENTLY CLOSED. There is an alternative route. Just follow the posted signage that will lead you the other way around bloods lake.

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Betsy Barker
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Hiking

Hot, beautiful, steep at the top with a lot of scrambling!

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Kelly Wiles
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Hiking

This is the steepest trail I have ever done but the views are very nice. If you are up for a challenge and some treacherous terrain it is a good hike. It is unfortunate though that the old parking lot has been closed as well as the access from that parking lot down to blood lake.

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Thomas Olding
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HikingGreat!

I walked a gravel road that led away from the parking lot. At first I thought that I was hiking Empire Pass Trail but I soon learned that I was heading in the opposite direction. I passed a beautiful outdoor wedding chapel on my way to a sign that read "Chutes 8, 9 & 10 Experts only." Despite not being the trail I had anticipated, I had an AWESOME time!

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Alicia Sekuris
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Hiking

So many wold flowers, and lots of parking. trail is well maintained until you reach the split where dogs can only go left. then the trail is more narrow. Easy to follow good for a day hike with good views.

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Dan Tubbs
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HikingRockyScramble

great trail...a lot of up in a short time. Beautiful views and flowers!!!

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Josh Chapel
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Hiking

Trail in rough shape and steep but stunning at the top

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Mac McCarthy
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Hiking

Steep

Christina Swanson
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Hiking

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.

Rachel Archelaus
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HikingGreat!Scramble

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!

Chantel Howard
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Hiking

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

Robert Chamberlin
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Hiking

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.

Teri Thompson
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Hiking

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!

Dedelyn Hamilton
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Hiking

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.

Denis Gondek
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

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! :)

Tally Keller
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

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.

Anna Pillman
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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!

Brian N.
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Hiking

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.

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