Bristlecone Pine Trail
This short hike, set above the rim, leads to the oldest bristlecone pine tree in Bryce Canyon. The 1,600 year old tree has a lofty seat at Yovimpa Point where the North Rim of the Grand Canyon can be seen on a clear day.
At a Glance
Bristlecone Pine Trees
The Bristlecone Pine Trail on Utah Scenic Byway 14 near Cedar Breaks National Monument and Dixie National Forest's Cedar Mountain offers a short hike to thriving bristlecone's and a nice view of Zion National Park in the distance. This hike, like the one in Bryce Canyon is family friendly and children as well as adults will enjoy the forested stroll to to the scenic ends.
Bristlecone Pine Trail - Drive to Rainbow Point, located at the farthest end of the park. The trailhead is located 17 miles from the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. Rainbow Point is the highest section of the park, set at an elevation of 9115'. This is the also the trailhead for the Under the Rim Trail, Riggs Spring Trail and the Bristlecone Pine Trail. From the Rainbow Point parking lot, locate the signed Bristlecone Pine Trail. The trail winds up and down through Douglas fir, junipers and ponderosa pines. The dirt path is lined with rock. To the right, hoodoos are seen below the rim, at the initial part of the trail. The gentle slope of the trail goes up and down. There is a shaded rest area up farther on the trail that offers a nice view below the rim. After leaving the gazebo, the trail heads up hill. There are manzanitas on either side of the trail as the uphill trek ends at a view point of hoodoos and the 1,600 plus year old bristlecone pine. The loop wanders around the cliffside offering nice views below the rim before the trail heads back into the forest. Follow the signs back to Rainbow Point.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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