Bristlecone Pine Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.
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.
Nice trail. Great old Bristlecone pine trees.
Still snow on the trail and couldn't follow very far.
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.
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.
We thought this easy trail might just be a boring walk through the woods, but were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful views.
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.