Alpine Pond Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

Alpine Pond Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brian Head, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

2.3 miles 252 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike but narrow in places. Took my 3-year-old and she did great.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy walk. Great for families with kids. The pond looks fantastic in the fall.

hiking
5 months ago

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6 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

It was over before it began. My gps said 1.5 miles. The pond is more like a puddle

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Fun hike. Nice pond amongst the pine trees.

9 months ago

snowy still. not yet maintained.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

2 years ago

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.

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

I did this hike with two little girls who loved the mud puddles. It was a perfect, short little hike for little trekkers.

hiking
4 years ago

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.