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September 6, 2014

Hiking Guardsman Pass in Utah

Clayton Peak, Lackawaxen Lake, Silver Lake Islet, Brimhall Lake, Silver Lake, and Bloods Lake.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -American Hiking Society. Today’s path was up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Clayton Peak via Bloods Lake and back around for Lackawaxen Lake, Silver Lake Islet, Lake Brimhall, and Silver Lake. I saw two young male moose at Silver Lake Islet, found a salamander sliding into a hole in the dirt in the forest, and saw two beautiful red-tailed hawks circling in the sky above Lackawaxen Lake. Clayton Peak overlooks Brighton Ski Area on the south and down onto Lackawaxen Lake to the north. I was hiking in and around private property, I think owned by the Girl Scouts of America. There were trails for about 35% of what I hiked. I linked up two HUGE boulder fields between Clayton Peak and Silver Lake Islet and tromped through the woods a little too. Overall a beautiful few hours in the Wasatch Mountains.