Don’t let the name Bloods Lake fool you. This beautiful lake near Park City Ski Resort isn’t what the name suggests. Tucked just below beautiful Guardsman Pass at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, this little body of water boasts an island, a rock cliff, and an alpine forest. The moderate hike to Bloods Lake is short and easy, so it’s great for the whole family. Dogs as well. The lake is beautiful and, while there are usually folks with their dogs, even on a weekend you can always find a quiet little corner to enjoy. The hike down is beautiful, wandering between big, old conifer trees and revealing wide views of the Heber valley. The hike is pretty flat until you reach the lake, where there’s a short descent. You’ll climb to about 9,800 feet and emerge onto a steep overlook and parking lot with great views of the Park City backwoods and mountain valleys. In addition we have all the details on the Park City Quick Start ski free on the day of arrival.
The gorgeous high alpine terrain looks like a scene from The Sound of Music. This parking area serves several different trails, including one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the Park City and Salt Lake area (the Wasatch Crest Trail), so parking can be a challenge on weekends during the warmer months. If you park facing the valley, the Bloods Lake trail starts to your left and continues downhill. The total distance to the lake is .6 miles, and you descend about 300 feet as you wind down to the lake. You will see the ski lifts of Park City off to the north. Guardsman Pass is closed in the winter, so this hike is best for late spring, summer, and fall when the snow has melted. Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and take the left-hand road as your reach Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon—there’s a big directional sign indicating Guardsman Pass and Park City. For Utah ski trips call the team at UtahState.com in Layton Utah at 801-544-1800.
Solitude Ski Resort is located in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains about thirty miles southeast of the airport at Salt Lake City, Utah. Solitude boasts 66 trails, 1,200 acres and 2,047 vertical feet. Solitude is one of the smaller Utah ski resorts near and is a neighbor to Brighton Ski Resort. It is a wonderful family-oriented mountain ski resort, with a wide variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes than other nearby ski resorts; 50% of the slopes at Solitude are graded “beginner” or “intermediate,” the highest variety of slopes in the Salt Lake City area. It’s a favorite for the local Utah skiers. What about snowboarders? yes it’s a wonderful place for snowboarders. Solitude was one of the first major US ski resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system that allows lift lines to move much more efficiently while at the same time reduce ”lift poaching”. Following Solitude’s lead on RFID was Alta Ski Area in 2007. Solitude is adjacent to Brighton Ski Resort (where Utah learned to ski) and is near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude and Brighton have joined together and offer a common “Solbright Pass” which provides access to both resorts for a slight up charge. Ski Utah and call UtahState.com in Layton Utah for deals 801-544-1800.
Hey ski Utah fans! Solitude’s Nordic Center is one of Utah’s best-kept ski secrets. A snowshoeing & nordic cross country skiing mecca! Explore twenty kilometers of pristine trails through some of Utah’s most stunning, and secret, terrain. Easily accessible from the Solitude Village. If you need to brush up on technique, private and group lessons, clinics and workshops, and snowshoe tours are offered. Nordic tickets and snowshoe rentals available at the Powderhorn Adventure Center and Nordic Center, while Nordic ski rentals are only available at the Nordic Center. Happy trails.Three free shuttles run from Solitude Village to the Nordic Center (entry 3) departing at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Contact the ski desk at UtahState.com in Layton Utah for all your Utah ski vacation needs. Call 800-754-4136 or email [email protected] For discounts on lift tickets or complete ski Utah vacations contact us today!
Nestled between Brighton ski resort and Solitude ski resort is Twin Lake. A close and wonderful snow shoeing or cross country skiing retreat is a winter or a wonderful hiking destination in the summer.
Only two miles round trip and moderate skill level. This jewel is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah. It’s a favorite getaway spot anytime of year for the ski reservation agents at UtahState.com. We ski, hike & live in Utah. Call our office for great deals on Utah ski packages 801-544-1800 or visit UtahState.com