Park City Utah, Guardsman Pass hike

We arrived in Park City Utah on Tuesday 8/ as mentioned in our last update and the first couple of days the skies were filled with clouds and we had a couple of rain showers. Actually the rain felt pretty good after being in smoke filled hot weather areas for some time. We only wish some of the rain would have fallen farther West where it really was needed to help with fires.

Monday after getting settled we took a few hours and did a driving tour of the area and stopped at a couple spots to take a peak but mainly a driving tour because of the rain.

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Wednesday was another day filled with light showers so we decided to do the tourist thing and walk the streets of downtown where we could escape the rain by popping in and out of shops just enough to stay pretty dry.

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I guess this is the slow time of year for the area because the streets were pretty empty which made it nice for us. Then we stopped for lunch at the No Name Saloon and once we opened the door we figured out where everyone was, bellied up to the bars in town LOL!!!

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Because of the rain and because all the pictures were taken with our 4 year old phone I’m afraid you won’t get the feel of how colorful the streets really are downtown.

The Wednesday Farmers Market. There were 3 rows that looked like this one with fresh fruits and vegetables and some hand crafted stuff.

The Wednesday Farmers Market. There were 3 rows that looked like this one with fresh fruits and vegetables and some hand crafted stuff.

After the downtown tour we stopped at a Farmers Market and then headed home

Thursday 8/27 the weather started to turn nice so we decided it would be a good day to take a drive up Guardsman Pass. If you are looking for some beautiful mountain scenery and you are in the area you need to make the drive. The road connects Park City to Brighton Ski Resort but only during the summer months, they do not plow it in the winter.

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The trail looks pretty much like this all the way to the lake except a lot steeper.

The trail looks pretty much like this all the way to the lake except a lot steeper.

At the summit you are at about 9800ft and there is a gravel parking area that seems to be very popular for mountain bikers to unload and head out. We didn’t take the bikes but we did find a trail that we wondered off on.

We were only on the trail a short while before a Black Lab came running by from behind with its owner close behind. We made a comment like “it looks like your dog has a destination in mind” to which the reply was “he is headed to the lake”. Of course our next question was “how far is the lake” to which he replied “just around the corner and down the hill”.

That sounded good to us so we kept going. Now let me tell you what we learned. If you are hiking at what you feel is higher elevations than you are accustom to and you ask a person a question like we did you might want to stop and ask yourself, is the person you asked a local in which case a little hill to him might be a big climb out for us low elevation people LOL!!

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Blood Lake, there is a nice trail that goes all the way around, well pretty much.

Blood Lake, there is a nice trail that goes all the way around, well pretty much.

We knew as we were going down the rather steep hill towards the lake that we were going to pay for it during the hike out but it was all worth it. Once we reached the lake we pretty much had the place to ourselves, not many other hikers at all which made it all that much more special.

There were no signs saying what the lake was called, in fact the only sign we saw was the “No Trespassing” sign which obviously no one payed any attention to from the looks of the trail. But we were told it was called Blood Lake so that’s what we will go with.

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We spent some time walking around the lake and enjoying the peace and tranquility & beauty before finally hiking back up. I stopped to take a lot of pictures on the way up, I was huffing LOL!!!

Once back at the Jeep we ate our sack lunch while enjoying the views a little more before we headed down towards the Brighton Ski Resort area. Once we got down to 8700ft we came across Silver Lake and decided to check out the visitor center and hike around the lake.

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Come on Dave,,,, lets see what's around the next corner!!!

Come on Dave,,,, lets see what’s around the next corner!!!

I don’t know how far it was around the lake, maybe a mile but it was a well-groomed trail and the views were just fantastic. I tell ya, we are loving the area and are already talking about this being a place we could come back to and spend a month at during the summer. Park City is not the cheapest place to visit accommodation wise but there are so many hiking & biking trails to keep you entertained that does not cost anything that it evens out.

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We started the walk from about where you see the building across the lake.

We started the walk from about where you see the building across the lake.

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Friday morning 8/28 I had a few aches from our previous days hike so what did we decide to do for the day,,,,, bike riding of course LOL!! So after our mourning routine we jumped on the bikes and rode out of the campground to one of the trails that run just outside it and headed towards the McPolin Homestead that was roughly 4 miles up the road. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge them for easier reading).

Check out the metal sculptures, I think they wanted to ride with us.

Check out the metal sculptures, I think they wanted to ride with us.

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We didn’t ride the roads so the bike trail probably turned the 4 miles into 6 or 7 but it didn’t really matter because after reaching and exploring the homestead we kept on riding various trails a good chunk of the day. By the time we got back home we had ridden 25 miles on some great trails. A person could ride for days & days here and not touch half the trails that are in the area.

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During one of our stops to read a information sign we say a sign telling about the “Yellow Dog Program”. Something we had never seen before but think it’s a great idea and one that should be more wide spread than it is.

This is a great program and should be more wide spread.

This is a great program and should be more wide spread.

I'm not sure after reading the sign why Diane felt I needed a Yellow scarf.

I’m not sure after reading the sign why Diane felt I needed a Yellow scarf.

 

 

That pretty much catches us up for now. Saturday we plan to visit the Olympic Park where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held. And we still want to take a drive to check out a couple little town’s we keep hearing about called Midway & Heber just down the road and there is supposed to be a another market this weekend and we want to visit downtown again on a dry day and I would love to ride some more on the trails in the area before we leave. CRAP!!!! We only have 3 days left before we move on!!! I better get Diane out of bed and get the day started!!!!

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3 Responses to Park City Utah, Guardsman Pass hike

  1. explorvistas says:

    The yellow scarf is hilarious, Dave! 🙂

  2. Ingrid says:

    Park City has been on our short list, but Colorado seems to pull us back each summer. Love the yellow scarf. I’ll remember to keep a safe distance should I ever run into you guys 😆

    • Dave & Diane says:

      And we are looking forward to making it to Colorado. Reading your blog makes us look forward to it even more. Oh, and the Yellow scarf,,, I don’t really need it 🙂

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