Alpine Pond Trail

MODERATE 42 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
183 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



no dogs

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!

2 months ago

what an awesome hike and great views very easy Trail took the lower Loop out and the upper loop back perfect end of the day hike saw some deer and the pond was froze over beautiful scenery

3 months ago

Hiked the upper trail. Just a note, signs said no dogs allowed, even on leash.

4 months ago

Fairly easy

5 months ago

Lower loop is gorgeous, definitely check it out! Upper is relatively boring but would be good for trail running.

Friday, November 11, 2016

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

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

trail running
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fun hike. Nice pond amongst the pine trees.

Monday, June 06, 2016

snowy still. not yet maintained.

Monday, May 30, 2016

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

Monday, June 02, 2014

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.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

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.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

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.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

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.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

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.

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