Spectra Point Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Iron County, Utah. It is within Cedar Breaks National Monument. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 10,365 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 484 feet. The Cedar Breaks National Monument parking is near the trailhead.
Spectra Point Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"An undervisited scenic wonder, Cedar Breaks National Monument is a lovely example of the farthest western reaches of the Colorado Plateau’s stunning geological beauty. Formed in order to protect “spectacular cliffs, canyons, and features of scenic, scientiﬁc, and educational interest,” the monument is like the lesser-known little sibling of mighty Bryce Canyon."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"A short, out-and-back day hike along the rim of the Cedar Breaks."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Best Easy Day Hikes: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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