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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.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 32 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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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.

9 days ago

Easy loop, with opportunities for some beautiful views. it was extremely windy during our walk, but were told by a ranger that was not normal.

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1 month ago

Perfect for kids with a gorgeous view. Drive out there is stunning. You could do multiple hikes around the area. Still a bit of snow late May. Expect it to be chilly because of shaded hike.

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2 months ago

Went in late April and it was completely covered in snow. We ventured out for a bit, but the snow went up to my kids' knees so we turned back. We'll try again in a few months!

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9 months ago

Short, easy, great views! Lots of fall colors now.

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9 months ago

A must see before the Pine Beetles destroy these ancient Bristlecone Pines. Very easy hike.

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11 months ago

Easy little short trail with beautiful views

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Sat Jul 06 2019

Nice little trail with a great outlook view at the end. The first part of the bridge to the outlook is partly down though so you have to be careful with your feet placement. Definitely worth the stop.

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Sat Aug 11 2018

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.

Tue Aug 07 2018

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.

Sat Jul 14 2018

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

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Mon Jun 25 2018

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

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Mon Apr 23 2018

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.

backpacking
Thu Oct 19 2017

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. Be careful Tom

Sun Aug 13 2017

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

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Sun Jun 19 2016

Nice trail. Great old Bristlecone pine trees.

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Mon May 30 2016

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

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Fri Oct 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.

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Sun Jul 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.

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Tue Oct 04 2011

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

Fri Jul 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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