Lackawaxen Lake Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Lackawaxen Lake Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Midway, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

The trailhead can be accessed from Salt Lake Valley via Big Cottonwood Canyon or from Midway via Guardsman's Pass. From Salt Lake Valley, take Big Cottonwood Road (190) all the way up past Solitude and there is a turn to your left before you come to Brighton that takes you to Guardsman's pass. From Midway, take Pine Canyon Road (224) past the golf course and follow that road for a little over 8 miles and before you drop down into Brighton ski area, there is a place to park at the saddle of Guardsman's Pass.

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3 days ago

We hiked up the ridge to reach lackawaxen then passed bloods lake on our way out. I was surprised the trail described here, which is the ridge, was rated as moderate. I definitely think it should be rated hard. The trail is very steep with loose rock the majority of the way. Beautiful views and the lake is great.

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17 days ago

Beautiful mountaintop view and a perfect lake at the end. Definitely worth the climb.
Unfortunately, some dog owners are not responsible enough to clean up after their fuzzy friends, and we saw many of their contributions around the otherwise pristine lake.
Maybe dogs should be restricted to Bloods Lake, which is a circus of kids and dogs anyway.

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28 days ago

Lackawaxen was so refreshing after passing Bloods. We saw 2 other hikers up there and they were on the other side of the lake. The hike out to Guardsmans trail was steep, but it is a short climb to the ridge. There is still snow in the shadows and a bit muddy in some places by the lake. Such a pretty setting.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Went to Lackawaxen Lake today. It's a steep climb to get to the base of Peak 420 and fairly steep on the other side down to the lake. But the lake itself was beautiful - quiet and peaceful. The same can't be said for Blood's Lake, which we passed on the way out. It was a big party: coolers, rafts in the water, even grills. If you're looking for solitude go to Lackawaxen. If you're looking for a party, go to Blood's.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This is my favorite local hike. It has the best of everything, a beautiful 360 view, wildflowers, lakes surrounded by boulders and grassy meadows. It's not too far of a hike and has a pretty good climb at the beginning, just enough to make you feel like you got a decent workout in. The way back is mostly downhill if you head north east towards Bloods Lake instead of going back up peak 420. I would suggest beginning by going up 420 peak the down to Lackawaxen then Bloods and out. It's around 5 miles total. Dogs are also allowed which is awesome!

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2 months ago

Pretty dangerous hike as you are on the edge of a cliff.