Bristlecone Loop Trail

EASY 85 reviews

Bristlecone Loop Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kanab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Bristlecone Loop, accessible from Rainbow Point at the southern end of the park, meanders through the forest atop this highest portion of the park, reaching elevations over 9,100 feet (2778 m). Here you will pass by Bristlecone Pines up to 1,800-years-old and experience vistas reaching into the Four Corners area. The forest here is dominated by Blue Spruce, Douglas-fir and White Fir, making this good habitat for grouse, woodpeckers, owls, and a variety of squirrels and chipmunks. Here you are also sure to see Ravens and Steller's Jays. These bird species are important reminders to the fact that although many plants and animals are limited to certain types of habitat, other kinds can range through several different habitats. Remember, please don't feed the wildlife. This trail may be inaccessible during mid-winter due to snow depths ranging from 2-15 feet (.7-5 m) - NPS Website

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was short and easy, still covered in snow during late April. It was very windy and cold, snowed on and off. You get some stunning view during the loop. Love all the resilient, tall bristlecone pine trees. Very little people here. Perhaps it was the combination of cold and altitude, I saw the most amazing sunset at Yovimpa point.

walking
2 months ago

excellent easy trail, suitable for almost everyone (though buried with snow in winter) - park in the Rainbow Point Parking lot, walk to Yovimpa, then counterclockwise along the Bristlecone Trail, to Rainbow Point, then back to your vehicle

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail that is crushed gravel and has terrific views from Rainbow Point and toward the south. Available for all ages.

3 months ago

Easy hike. A few different look off points. Mostly flat Less crowded that other hikes.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike with good views. Well marked trail among the trees. Several places where you can approach cliffs to see the expanse of hoodoos below you (cliffs do give way so be careful). The views are not part of the amphitheater, so not as breathtaking but still a good trail if you want to escape crowds and have limited time.

hiking
4 months ago

Has some nice views of the canyon lands below but overall is just a walk in the forest. If you're hurting for time this is a great one because its so short and shallow.

4 months ago

cute

walking
5 months ago

Easy and short trail and the scenery at the end is spectacular. Most of your way you are walking through trees and you could see many chipmunks.

7 months ago

Stunning views! Easy trail with very few people.

7 months ago

Great trail for kids. Cool in the summer heat. Short with beautiful views.

hiking
7 months ago

Not a spectacular hike. Very easy for kids. Compared to other hikes in Bryce this one is below average. The drive out to rainbow point though is worth it by itself even if you don't hike. Lots of pull outs for pictures of amazing views. The 9000 plus foot elevation also offers a reprieve from the heat as it can be 5-10 degrees cooler than down by the lodge.

7 months ago

Pretty meh compared to rest of park

hiking
7 months ago

Nice loop through a lot of down and dead trees to another southern view of the park.

8 months ago

Talked up the whole ancient bristlecone pine thing with my 9 year old. What you end up with is much more accurately called a husk that was once a bristlecone. One star for a great view at the end but really not worth the drive out to Rainbow Point.

8 months ago

Easy and short

9 months ago

America the Beautiful!
#hikingutah
The scenery is as beautiful as it gets! Easy trail. I always bring a hiking stick... even on the easy trails.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Great views for a short distance hike. Well worth the short time invested.

walking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Great views and photo ops for those with kids and people less mobile to enjoy.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Good hike. Great views.

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