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.
Bristlecone Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Best Easy Day Hikes: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Greg Witt, 50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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