Bloods Lake Trail

An easy-ish one-mile hike featuring high mountain meadows, pine trees and wildflowers takes you to a popular lake with a rope swing. Go early to avoid crowds.

Trail Type: Hiking
Length: 1 mile
Location: Guardmans Pass Rd
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Change: 250 feet


The parking lot is also shared for several trails in the area and gets full very quickly. Police will ticket cars illegally parked on the shoulder of the road outside of the parking lot.

Trail and Lake

The trail forks at the trailhead/parking lot but the forks are unmarked. Take the left fork for Bloods Lake. The first three quarters of the trail is a light downhill through meadows and patches of pine trees. The last bit is a moderately steep downhill to the lake. The trail around the lake is flat but there is a section that walks across a boulder field. The trail and lake are heavily trafficked towards midday, especially on weekends. There are some great places for hanging hammocks near the rope swing. This is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly hike. This trail is not accessible from November to April due to Guardsman Pass Road being closed.

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