Wasatch Crest Trail ◼︎◼︎

Difficulty: More Difficult ◼︎◼︎

Length: 14-17 miles one way

Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet

Dog Friendly: No


Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.6069, -111.5549

Directions: About 1.25 miles before you reach the trailhead, park at the new Bloods Lake lot on the right side of the road and walk up the road to the drop off zone. Directly across the road from the drop off zone, you will see the trail heading Northwest around the hill.


My all-time favorite hike, the Wasatch Crest Trail is the best way to spend a day in the mountains. Starting at Guardsman Pass, you'll hike for miles above even the highest ski lifts, catching the occasional glimpse of Park City far below. The trail comes to an end high up in The Canyons, where you can take Ambush and Mid-Mountain down to Rob's Trail and exit into Sun Peak, or continue on Hunter's Trail to end in Pinebrook (a bit longer). For a really big trek, you could even hike back to your starting point. Add a few steps to your trip and hike down to glimmering turquoise Desolation Lake, the perfect place to stop for a snack. You'll pass through the Salt Lake watershed, so the dogs have to stay home for this one. Though long, this trail is fairly flat, and the views make the journey more than worth it.

Desolation Lake, Utah
Wasatch Crest Trail in Park City, Utah
Wasatch Crest Trail in Park City, Utah
Wasatch Crest Trail in Park City, Utah
Wasatch Crest Trail in Park City, Utah
view from Wasatch Crest Trail in Park City, Utah