Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Midway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We followed the AllTrails directions and ended up 1.8 miles from the trail head. We started walking and realized there was a road below the trail we were on - so circled back to the car and followed the map and ended ip at the right trailhead. The hike is hard because it is so steep. Views are beautiful and the lake is Amazing. not a hike for beginners, this one kicked our butts. But now one of our favorites! .

This trail was super steep. I think based on other trails around here, I’m feeling like this should be rated hard. Beautiful views and awesome lakes!

Amazing views and beautiful forests. I’m a slower hiker and there are some parts which were more rugged than I expected but it was so worth it. Keep your eyes and ears open for mountain bikers.

hiking
12 days ago

Well... we went to hike Lackawaxen but not too far into the hike we came upon a lake. It was Blood Lake. I get my trusty Alltrails trail out and see we arent even on the right trail. However, this became a lovely loop to Lackawaxen. For 1 the Lackawaxen trail is STEEP at the beginning. My knees were killing me coming down it so depending which way you would rather do the loop think of those things. If you want to go up the steep part take the trail to the right that goes up a steep incline if you want to sneak up on Lackawaxen from Blood Lake take the flat trail to the left. Once at Blood Lake keep following the lake around and you will see a trail heading up. Take that up and you will come to a clearing and pass under power lines. Keep following that trail to Lackawaxen. If you see boulders you cross them and the lake is a stones throw away. I am glad we went the wrong way mostly because the beginning is steep and 2 the views! Yeah you get the views coming up but some of the best ones will be at your back. If you come up this way be sure to stop a lot and turn around.

Do you need a permit to camp up here for a night or two?

hiking
16 days ago

There were some steep, loose areas that made it pretty challenging with a toddler in my carrier, but the breeze, some shade, and little traffic made it a wonderful Sunday. The wildflowers were bright, and the lake offered a great resting place. We wrapped around to Blood Lake, which was booming with people.

hiking
19 days ago

Definitely on the harder side and it was swarming with mosquitoes but the views were incredible.

Great secluded hike! I will be going back with a fishing pole.

1 month ago

Fantastic family walk. Perfect swim lake and rope. Minimal bugs in middle of the day.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is called Willow Hollow.
Short hike. of .75 miles from the Alpine Loop Road to the main trail head of several other trails at high elevation.
The trail begins and seems very narrow like a bike route. After about 10 yards it opens up into a good hiking trail. Though short it is about half shaded. Leading into Quaking Aspen Groves with butterflies, wildflowers, and great views of the surrounding mountains.
there is some road noise, because you never really get far away from the Loop Road. Whoever left all of the beer bottles and devastation at an improvised campsite should definitely be arrested.
The parking areas to pull off large enough for two cars or one large truck with a trailer.

hiking
1 month ago

My fiancé proposed to me at the top! It seemed he had superhero energy climbing up and I guess now I know why! We had the whole place to ourselves and it was magical.

Lots of trails/service roads in the area, numerous routes to these destinations.

Amazing hike!! I was surprised it was rated a moderate hike though because the first mile and a half or so is very steep and was difficult, which is why I rated 4 out of 5 stars. Although completely worth it! The view from 10420 peak is indescribably beautiful and I would do it again tomorrow. I preferred Blood Lake over Lackawaxen Lake because of the mosquitos. Lackawaxen was swarming we couldn't stay more than 10 minutes. If you go down the other side of 10420 and get to the bottom, there is a trail going left and one going right, left is Blood Lake and right is Lackawaxen. Both are absolutely worth seeing but Blood Lake was the best part of the hike besides the view from the mountain top.
Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I really loved this trail! Before you even get to the trailhead you have a rocky road and then a stream or two to drive through. Then it’s about a 39 degree incline over a mostly boulder covered trail. Great views all the way up. Once you reach the top it’s well worth it. We hiked this in early June and didn’t see a single person while on the actual trail. It was slightly chilly once we reached the very top but not terrible. I wish we had had more time to climb up the boulder hill and check things out a bit more once at the lake. I will definitely be going back to stay the night sometime. Take a hammock and a small dingy to float around in once up there.

We took this route and it was pretty challenging: From the trailhead keep right to hike up towards 10420 Peak, hike back down towards Lackawaxen Lake, then follow the power lines (keep left at the 2nd fork) towards Bloods Lake. Highly recommend bringing your dog!

hiking
2 months ago

Follows a service road to the top of the Jupiter Ski Lift

backpacking
2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful I know of. The hike is a stair stepper but the pay off at the end is so worth it. It you hike up to the ridges above the lake you are looking down on the back side of snowbird. I can’t recommend this hike enough. Typically we hammock when we camp up here. Camping spots are limited.

hiking
2 months ago

Recommend practicing for this hike on a stair master, well worth the effort.
https://youtu.be/-AF72wwRK40

I would say this is more on the moderate/hard side with the huge increase in elevation during this hike on the way in and way out. So worth it!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Still pretty snowy towards the top of 420 peak. Lackawaxen Lake was surrounded by snow so I decided to head towards bloods instead.

hiking
2 months ago

I highly suggest this route- I started at Guardsman's Pass saddle to park and then hiked up Clayton's peak-pretty rocky and very steep but short and the peak views are amazing then you keep hiking straight to go down the other side to Lackawaxen Lake then you can back track a little bit and instead of going back up the way you came there's a trail that is off to the right- keep going to Blood's Lake to make it a loop back up to Guardsman's Pass parking lot. I brought my dog and set up my hammock at Lackawaxen and then jumped in at Bloods Lake which also has a rope swing and its a popular watering hole in the summer. Very fun day!

Less of a zoo than Blood Lake and more scenic in the bowl under Clayton peak. You can access it via peak 10420 and dropping down, or just continuing past bloods lake.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike to a beautiful lake that probably isn't visited often because of the degree of difficulty if you choose the route over and past peak 10420. You can also get to LL if you hike into Bloods Lake and go up the hill on the far side and then follow the power line to the right. Hiking over the boulder field close to the lake is a high point as well as the views when you get there. For those going the peak 10420 route, you may be able to bag Clayton Peak, as it is right in front of you before hanging a left down a steep slope to Lake Lackawaxen.

hiking
11 months ago

We started up the saddle to 10,420 peak, it's very steep, but with plenty of shade to catch your breath. We intended to go to Lackawaxen lake but could not determine which way to go at the first fork. The only reason I gave this hike 4 out of 5 stars is because there are no trail signs or markers of any kind. We asked other hikers along the way and nobody knew which way to Lackawaxen lake. We did come to two trail forks, and I realize now the first fork after you descend the peak, if you stay right you will reach the lake not far after that, but it's up another peak and you can't see the lake from the fork. We stayed left and followed the power lines north (down) to bloods lake. Again, there was a fork in the trail right before bloods, unmarked and we stayed left. We got lucky and made the right choice. Next time I will know to take the first fork right to reach Lackawaxen. Hope this helps!

hiking
11 months ago

I only gave this 3 stars because the "trail" is really just a service road and I'm sorry but that is very different from a trail. The view from the top is beautiful though. Parking is very limited because of Blood lake Trail across the street, which is very popular. Go early, this is a very exposed hike.

This hike is steep and rocky. I wouldn't recommend it for beginner hikers. The lake at the top was gorgeous, along with the views along the way. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had brought my fishing pole.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Very steep for the majority of this hike. The rocks are incredibly loose and would not recommend this for beginners or kids. The lake was beautiful and the drive was fun, but man oh man, it's steep!!!

fishing
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Started the hike around 0630. The creek to the trailhead is low so driving to the trailhead was no problem, just took it slow to avoid "bottoming out" in my AWD Durango. The hike is short (thank Baby Jesus) but quite steep and their is a good stretch of loose rocks which makes it a difficult to gain traction. I started early to avoid the heat of the sun but by the time i made it to the lake the sun was in full swing. There are plenty areas for shade around the lake which made fishing very comfortable. I caught about 10 small beautiful Brook Trout, about 8 to 12 inches, using yellow power bait and garlic flavored paste (they seemed to hit on that every cast). Action was constant but seemed to be only small trout which made it difficult to set the hook, but a great time and well worth the effort. oh yeah, forgot to mention the breathtaking views and beauty of the area. We had a moose hang out in the lake with us all day!

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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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