It is a very beautiful hike with thick pine on one side and brilliant red rock on the other. Very few people on the trail so you get to relax and enjoy the sites and is relatively easy. Bring bug spray though, got bitten a few times even with spray.
This is a fun hike that few people do and even less stay the night. The trail begins above cedar breaks and ends in highway 14. The total hike from peak to exit is about 12 miles. You descend rattlesnake creek trail for six miles until it connects with the ash down gorge trail. Once you reach ash down it is another 5-6 miles until you exit out at the landslide area in highway 14.
Two things to note: 1. Taking two cars is a must. Park one at the top and one at the bottom so you don't have to hike out.
2. The ash down gorge trail goes through the river nearly the entire time. You will get wet up to your knees. It cannot be avoided.
If backpacking Take 2 liters of water and a water filter. The two liters will last you to the base where you can filter from the river.
Katie P. on Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook ...
I didn't hike the entire length of this trail, got just about as far as Spectra Point before an approaching thunderstorm made me head back to the visitor's center. This trail along the rim offers amazing views of the canyon and surrounding areas. I've lived in Utah all my life, hike in the mountains. On this hike was the first time I ever noticed the altitude having an effect on me. It wasn't much of an effect but at over 10,000 ft it does make it a bit harder to catch your breath at times.