Spectra Point Overlook Trail

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain484ft
Trailhead Elevation10,365ft
Top10,494ft
Elevation Min/Max10241/10494ft
Elevation Start/End10365/10365ft

Spectra Point Overlook Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Rampart Overlook Trail and Rampart Overlook Trail.

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Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
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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." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
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"A short, out-and-back day hike along the rim of the Cedar Breaks." Read more

Spectra Point Overlook Trail Reviews

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7/26/2018
Spectacular trail with great views and lots of wildflowers and wildlife
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9/17/2008
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.
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10/8/2003
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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Dec 2018