Driving south of Moab on HWY191 stands an impressive roadside arch. Wilson Arch stands 46 feet tall and spans 91 feet wide. Park in the gravel lot, and climb on up!
The climb up is short - 10 minutes max - but it is across sand and slickrock. Make sure you have on appropriate footwear. Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with views of the valley below. Traversing the ground under the arch is easy, but if you have kids please hold onto them. I saw toddlers in Crocs running around alone. Just because it so easily accessible doesn't mean it's safe.
There's not much else to say about Wilson Arch other than to do it! If you're getting out of your car to take photos, you might as well climb up the arch!
Bloods Lake is a quick and easy trail located at the top of Guardsman Pass accessed either from Big Cottonwood Canyon or Park City. Dogs are allowed on this hike if they are brought up the Park City side but prohibited in Big Cottonwood due to watershed restrictions. We always drive up BCC because of distance, but I feel that Buddy would LOVE the trail and all of the other doggo friends.
Parking can be a pain on Guardsman Pass. There is a parking lot that is usually always full in the late afternoon and evening due to its proximity to the Wasatch Crest Trail for MTB and the popularity of Bloods Lake. We have driven up plenty of times on a Saturday only to drive back down into BCC for another hike because of lack of parking. If you park on the road, make sure you can park and leave plenty of room for drivers. Guardsman Pass is a narrow mountain road with no guardrails.
The hike is a 1.1 mile out and back starting on the left side of the LNT sign. It's an overall easy hike with great views, wildflowers in the summer, and unfortunately... mosquitos. The descent the actual lake is steep. Keep this in mind when going back up. The first time I did this hike last year I was sucking air for the short uphill section. We recently did this hike with some of my flatlander family (740 ft above sea level) and they were also struggling just for that short section. My sister (who has severe asthma) and I managed just fine this time! The hike is in the 9500-9600 ft above sea level vicinity.
Keep in mind that this hike traverses on private property with access at the property owner's discretion. You will see a No Trespassing sign. Continue at your own risk! You are liable for yourself after that point. If you do continue on to the lake, clean up after yourself! Practice Leave No Trace. Better yet, leave it BETTER than you found it.
Once you descend to the lake, there is a trail that wraps around. We chose a nice hammocking spot to watch a group of dogs playing water fetch. Dog watching is my favorite sport! I also used my Adventure Mat to make my hammock time more enjoyable. Read all about the Adventure Mat here!
There is a trail that continues on to Laxawaxen Lake and Clayton Peak, however we have always enjoyed this as a late evening hike. One day I will continue to complete Clayton!
Disclosure: This post contains sponsored links from Adventure Mat, however all opinions are my own.
I recently received an Adventure Mat to use hammocking & camping last week. Since receiving it, every time I pack my backpack for a hike, the Adventure Mat has tagged along! I'm in love with this simple yet extremely useful product. It's one of those "I didn't know I needed it until I had it, and now I can't live without" products,
The Adventure Mat started as an easier way to change clothes and shoes at the trailhead, parking lot, or wherever you were without a clean surface. We've all done the shoe stand balancing act. With the Adventure Mat you have plenty of room to actually stand plus a clean surface! Not only can you get it from its zippered pack to the ground in one fail swoop, it also folds so that the clean surfaces never touch the dirty. GENIUS.
I spend a lot of time in my hammock. A. Lot. Sometimes I keep my shoes on for a quick swing, but usually I want to cuddle up and nap sans footwear. Sure, I could kick my shoes off once in the hammock, but what about to awkward jump from the hammock to the ground when I get out? Adventure Mat! I could take my shoes off, not get dirt or grass in my socks, hang out in the hammock, and hop back out onto a clean surface. SOLD.
While camping in Moab (cue red rock dirt), I used my Adventure Mat as a welcome mat to my tent. It worked out great to remove dirty Chacos and not drag red dirt inside. I could pop out of the tent onto a clean mat, put my shoes back on, and go!
I've already started to compile a list of other ways I plan on using my Adventure Mat.
The Adventure Mat was so easy to clean! I rinsed mine off in the bathtub, but a sink, hose or glass of water should get it clean as well! As far as the size and weight, I never noticed it in my backpack. It was definitely thin enough to slip in. You can purchase your Adventure Mat here!