Alpine Pond Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brian Head, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.
Delightful loop trail to pond, flowers, magnificent view of Cedar Breaks No matter how conditioned or experienced of a hiker you are, I've got to call this one a mod-strenuous; if only due to the high elevation (over 10,500') and proximity to the unguarded edge of the Cedar Breaks, with it's 2,500 ft. drop. Although Bryce, Zion & the Grand Canyon are better known than Cedar Breaks, this is the center of where it all happened! The Hurricane Fault created the Grand Staircase, and is what the "Break" refers to. This wonderful little trail is a micro-view of what the area has to offer. This self-guided (buy guide at either trailhead) hike takes you past volcanic (rhyolitic tuff) rocks & rubble, a sinkhole, the pond (look for water insects, marmots, deer, elk, their tracks -- listen to hear the spring that feeds the pond), alpine forest (spruce, fir, pine, aspen, Bristlecones -- observe ravages of the bark beetle), wildflowers (lupine, mountain bluebell, paintbrush, yellow bush, penstemon), amphitheatre (unique unobstructed views), meadows!
It was over before it began. My gps said 1.5 miles. The pond is more like a puddle
Fun hike. Nice pond amongst the pine trees.
snowy still. not yet maintained.
Visitors center open 3 day ago. Lots of snow still on the trail and hard to follow. I guess I'll have to come back after the snow is gone
Lower loop was still covered with lots of snow and mud in spots. Manageable but got shoes wet. Pond is pretty. Upper loop was dry but didn't have as nice of a overlook of the canyon as the lower loop.
Loved this trail. Absolutely beautiful and and easy one for our 5year old daughter. We saw a family of dear on the trail and plenty of chipmunks. Easy, fun, relaxing. Bring a sweatshirt. Even in the summer it can be pretty chilly.
GO IN JULY!!!...The wildflowers are at their peak and add a ton to the scenery on the trail. The lower loop of the trail is the more scenic of the two, winding through forest and fields of wildflowers and passing by the occasional view of the breaks. The pond is best described as peaceful. Great spot. Bring the mosquito repellent. The lower trail is overgrown at some parts and I recommend long pants as some of the overgrown plantlife is thorny. The upper loop basically parallels the highway and the passing traffic. Less impressive than the lower loop.
I did this hike with two little girls who loved the mud puddles. It was a perfect, short little hike for little trekkers.
Nice hike. We started from the Watchman parking area. It was an easy hike and my 4 year old daughter handled it fine. We went in mid July and the wildflowers were beautiful. We saw lots of columbine, Indian paint brushes, asters and a bunch of purple flowers, I can't remember what they r called. Next time I would start with the upper loop first then the climb out would be a easier grade.
Enjoyed this trail. Great sub forest hiking and view points into the amphitheater. Gradual uphill if you start at the Chessman Ridge overlook. The Alpine Pond is a great place to take a break before heading further up the hill. We did it a little late in the year to see the wild flowers which was disappointing but fun nonetheless.
As an educational trail the brochure is exceptionally well done with easy to read thoughts and beautiful pictures, a "must do" hike if you are trying to teach young children about the fragile nature of ecosystems. The dead trees give you an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson; that man isn't always responsible for the bad things that happen to the environment. The trail is easy to navigate and the views into the amphitheater are inspirational.