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Hiking - Bloods Lake, Big Cottonwood Cyn 8/31/23

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

This hike checks all the boxes for beautiful mountain lake hike. It deserves the popularity it gets.


Carpool - 8:00 am

Trailhead - 9:30 am

Hike - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Home - 2:30 pm

Directions: Bloods Lake Trailhead, Big Cottonwood Cyn

Activity: Hiking - Bloods Lake - 2.7 mile total out and back. Moderate dirt trail to beautiful lake. 1st Lake -Bloods (elevation gain 429, 2.7 mi, 1 hr 14 min) Beginner to intermediate. 2nd Lake (optional) -Lackawaxen has a (1,236 ft elevation gain 4.9mi. 3 hr). which is not nothing. I would call it an intermediate hike for sure. Note there is a rock scramble just before 2nd lake. See pic. Not hands and feet peak scramble but a traverse across a boulder path that is very uneven. Takes 5 min to cross but could be tricky with balance issues or knee concerns. Pit toilets at trailhead.

Cell service whole hike.All Trails Trip Report


- Original trail only took an hour so good portion of the grouper opted to go to 2 lakes (Bloods Lake and Laxawaxen Lake) to see more and do 3 hrs total. All Trails Trip Report

Gear: Hiking pants, synthetic T-shirt, long sleeve synthetic top, long sleeve fleece, light waterproof jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camelback or regular back pack with waist belt, 2-3 Liters water, 4-6 snacks, first aid kit, hiking boots/running shoes, trekking poles

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