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Utah Hike of the week: 10,420 Peak and Bloods Lake — Guardsman Pass
Directions • From the mouth of Big Cottownood Canyon, drive east up the canyon for 13.8 miles. Then turn left onto Guardsman Pass Road. Follow it north then east for 2.6 miles to a large parking area on a ridge. From Park City, take UT-224 south then west until it becomes UT-152. The parking area is 7.8 miles from downtown Park City. The trail head is marked on the south side of the parking lot at GPS coordinates 40.606819, -111.555237.
This loop hike offers views of two sides of the Wasatch Mountains and a trip past a popular lake. From the trail head, hike southwest. You will gain 1,045 feet in three-quarters of a mile. At the top is 10,420 Peak — named for its elevation. Proceed down to the south. When you're off the peak, the trail forms a brief "V" to the northeast then slowly turns toward the east. Follow it in a loop past two ponds and then to Bloods Lake. On the north end of the lake, you'll find the trail back to the parking lot.