Difficulty: Beginner ◉
Length: 2.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Dog Friendly: No, dogs are no longer allowed at the lake as of 2020 (excuse the dated photos)
Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.6097, -111.5368
Directions: Park at the new Bloods Lake lot on the right side of the road (when coming from Park City). Cross the crosswalk and follow the signs all the way to the lake. The Guardsmans Pass road is seasonal and can only be accessed from mid/late May through early November. Check UDOT's traffic website for current status.
An easy to follow trail that isn't too steep, Bloods Lake is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. This new trail was constructed in 2019 and is suitable for all human members of the family. Unlike the old trail, the new path through the forested area is fairly smooth and doesn't have any overly steep sections. For this reason, the parking lot usually overflows onto the road and the trail can be busy, but it's still a great spot to bring a floatie and something to sip on. You might even see a moose or two along the way. To add a few miles and some extra elevation gain, take the steeper trail up the Southeast side to reach neighboring Lackawaxen Lake.