Bristlecone Loop Trail

EASY 42 reviews
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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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
111 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

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

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3 days ago

Pretty meh compared to rest of park

hiking
4 days ago

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

18 days 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.

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21 days ago

27 days ago

Easy and short

29 days ago

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1 month 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.

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8 months ago

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

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8 months ago