Bristlecone Loop

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain385ft
Trailhead Elevation9,112ft
Top9,112ft
Elevation Min/Max8991/9112ft
Elevation Start/End9112/9112ft

Bristlecone Loop

Bristlecone Loop is a hiking trail in Kane County, Utah. It is within Bryce Canyon National Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 9,112 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 385 feet. The Rainbow and Yovimpa Points picnic site and the Rainbow Point viewpoint are near the trailhead. There are also restroom, parkings, and an information map. Along the trail there is a cliff. The trail ends near the Yovimpa Point (elevation 9,078 feet) viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Riggs Spring Loop and Under the Rim Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
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"A short loop trail above the rim at Rainbow Point. This short loop stays entirely above the canyon rim as it traverses a subalpine fir forest.The trail is named for the bristle-cone pine, which is found more frequently along this trail than along other trails in Bryce Canyon National Park. From the trailhead the path winds southeast through dense stands of white fir, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine. The path loops out to the cliffs and the canyon rim. Bristle-cone pines grow atop the open, windy cliffs along the rim. As the trail returns to Rainbow Point, it intersects the Under the Rim Trail.Trail signs along the route direct hikers back to the starting point." Read more
50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Greg Witt
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"Rainbow Point sits at the highest elevation within Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s a harsh alpine environment— a windswept perch where only the strong survive. At the windiest point of the trail, where few other species endure, a bristlecone pine tree has lived for more than 1,600 years. This bristlecone’s trunk has been dead for many years, but a surviving branch has become the main tree in a textbook example of how species adapt to even the most severe environments." Read more
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
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"A short loop trail above the rim at Rainbow Point. This short loop stays entirely above the canyon rim as it traverses a subalpine fir forest. The trail is named after the bristlecone pine, which is found more frequently along this trail than along other trails in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bristlecone pine can be identified by the foxtail tufts of needles growing at the tips of its limbs." Read more

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