Spectra Point–Ramparts Trail Cedar Breaks National Monument

Brian Head, Utah

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A short, out-and-back day hike along the rim of the Cedar Breaks. This trail follows the south rim of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater, revealing sweeping vistas of the ragged walls and eroded pinnacles that fill the basin. From the parking lot the path ascends for a short distance to the cliff tops above Jericho Canyon. Here it skirts among wind-scoured stands of Englemann spruce and subalpine fir. Some of these trees have been tortured by windblown snow to such an extent that they have taken on the dwarfed krummholz growth form. This low, matlike growth results when windblown crystals of ice prune off the buds that protrude above the snowdrifts.
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

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Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)

A short, out-and-back day hike along the rim of the Cedar Breaks. This trail follows the south rim of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater, revealing sweeping vistas of the ragged walls and eroded pinnacles that fill the basin. From the parking
lot the path ascends for a short distance to the cliff tops above Jericho Canyon.

Here it skirts among wind-scoured stands of Englemann spruce and subalpine fir. Some of these trees have been tortured by windblown snow to such an extent that they have taken on the dwarfed krummholz growth form. This low, matlike growth results when windblown crystals of ice prune off the buds that protrude above the snowdrifts.

© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brian Head
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: June-September
Local Contacts: Cedar Breaks National Monument
Driving Directions: Directions to Spectra Point–Ramparts Trail (Cedar Breaks National Monument)

Recent Trail Reviews

9/17/2008
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A must-do when visiting Cedar Breaks with spectacular views into the amphitheater. Although elevation change is minimal, the 10,000+ altitude is what probably gives it a moderate rating. Don't let it deter you ... take it slow and enjoy the solitude and breathtaking views. I wouldn't recommend it for young children since there are exposed areas with steep drop-offs.


10/8/2003
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Excellent views and photos. Much nicer than Bryce Canyon because less people and kids. The trail is not very steep but has a few dangerous spots. Highly rated.



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