Bristlecone Pine Trail

EASY 18 reviews
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Bristlecone Pine Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, 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 March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.6 miles
32 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Easy, family walk to majestic canyon view, nestled under Bristlecone Pines Although this is a really short, easy trail; it is well worth the stop while driving along scenic Hwy. 14. If you want a wonderful view of the north fork of the Virgin River and the northern end of Zion Natl Park, without all the people and hawkers who generally fill up the Zion Overlook viewpoint; yet, still need something suitable for small children and older adults -- this is the trail to take. A small paved pullout serves as a parking area, but is usually empty as people whiz by on their way to Brianhead ski area, Cedar Breaks, or the "back" way into Zion. This is a loop trail and as you begin, you could take either the L or R fork -- you'll still end up back where you started after an easy-to-follow walk through stands of spruce and fir. Midway along the trail is a large, wooden viewing platform nestled under the Bristlecones, and along the ridge of the cliffs overlooking the canyon. The northern end of Zion is in the background, beyond the Pink Cliffs.

6 days ago

Nice short walk through the woods. end of the trail has a decent overlook of the top of the Zion plateau in the distance. Very easy trail.

10 days ago

Nothing dramatic to see other than the lookout, but an easy family walk with plenty of flowers & insects along the way for little ones on a summer day.

1 month ago

Nice little hike. Beautiful view at the end. Is just a VERY short hike.

1 month ago

Simple walk through the pines, but does have a nice overlook.

3 months ago

Unfortunately they had snow and we drove right past this trail, we turned around to where the starting point should be and saw the empty wood sign. Im assuming they put up the trailhead names once you can hike, but we had to drive back down since there was no cell service to find something else to do.

9 months ago

I assume this might be ok if you don’t mind paying for more information. This basic level is much less then anyone would need in the field. It is a real problem for anyone to us this information when it is so incomplete.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

We liked the very old trees ... 4,500 years old

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice trail. Great old Bristlecone pine trees.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Still snow on the trail and couldn't follow very far.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Along the windswept ridges of Cedar Mountain and part of the Dixie National Forest exist some of the oldest living things on Earth.  The Bristlecone Pine trees "are thought to reach an age far greater than that of any other single living organism known, up to nearly 5,000 years".  This easy 1/2 mile round trip allows you to walk among these ancient trees.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This trail was a nice brisk stroll through the forest. The surrounding windflowers gave it a great aspect to look at, but it also has a great view off into the distance. The ending area has a nice bench area that is shaded by a huge bristlecone, with another fantastic view into the distance. Very nice and easy for all ages.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

We thought this easy trail might just be a boring walk through the woods, but were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful views.

Friday, July 01, 2011

I've hiked Bristlecone Pine Trail more than I can count. It's such an easy trail, with fantastic views and cool temperatures. The overlook deck is nice to sit and think about these trees, saplings during the reign of the Roman Empire and what they will see long after we are gone.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015