The Aspens should be beautiful around this time. See the photo below which Chris took mid-September last year. This hike is very scenic with great views of Heber Valley. It's also somewhat obscure, so much less busy than places like Dog Lake in the summer.
It's about 4 miles round trip - and not very difficult, although there are a couple of steep sections. The trail begins at the summit of Guardsman Pass. We'll hike past Bloods Lake, then on to Lackawaxen Lake. There will be plenty of water and swim-time for the dogs at our final destination. The elevation is around 9500 feet.
It has recently been brought to my attention that the first lake we pass by, Bloods Lake, is a water source for Camp Cloud Rim (a Girl Scouts facility). So, please, out of respect for the facility and the girls drinking the water, keep your dogs out of Bloods Lake on these hikes.
I've limited the RSVPs to 20 due to parking constraints at Guardsman Pass. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP to make room for someone else. Thanks!
For those of you that would like to see a map:
We'll meet at the park and ride at the mouth of Big Cottonwood.
This hike is in Wasatch County and is outside of the watershed area: http://www.slcdocs.com/utilities/watershed/images/trailhead%20overview2.pdf
As long as Guardsman Pass is open, dogs may be transported in vehicles through Big Cottonwood Canyon.