Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brian Head, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 836 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Visitor Facilities are CLOSED for the winter season. The park's flush toilets, running water, fee booth and information center are closed for the winter season. Visitors can still access the road through the park, all trails, overlooks, picnic area, and a vault toilet located in the picnic area. Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Cedar Breaks is host to only two trails, the Ramparts Trail which includes Spectra Point and a circular 2 mile Alpine Pond Trail. The Ramparts portion of the trail starts at the end of Spectra Point amidst the Bristlecone pine trees. The 2 mile round trip path is well maintained but steep, making this portion of the trail more difficult than the moderate Spectra Point portion of the trail.

hiking
closed
12 days ago

Went a few days ago, closed due to snow.

hiking
6 months ago

No crowds, spectacular views- bring water. You must like heights.

lovely views totally worth hiking the whole trail for the view!

Great views! Perfect weather in the fall.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely amazing area with almost no people. I think I met less than 5 people during the hike (about 1.5-2 hours) and parking was also largely empty. This trail seems to be the best way to take in the views, which includes not only Cedar Breaks itself, but also a number of bristlecone pine trees. Highly recommend this if you are in southern Utah.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked to Spectra Point and back, didn't have more time. Even on a Sunday mid Oct, not really crowded. Great views, spectacular scenery!

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty views, but crowded. Stunning views of Cedar Breaks.

hiking
8 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike and some of the formations looked a lot like Bryce NP. Not crowded at all though. Only met a few hikers the whole time. Saw 5 condors overhead as we finished. Nice scenery and an easy hike for us

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9 months ago

Beautiful views! second part had a long uphill portion. Difficult as we were not acclimated to altitude yet

hiking
9 months ago

Easy easy. If you see 80 year olds on the well packed well maintained trail, you can guarantee it’s a relaxing trail. FYI you have to pay an entrance fee if you don’t have a National Park pass. Just like Bryce Canyon but without the crowds. Too bad there’s no hike to the bottom !

great trail would do it again

Incredibly beautiful scenery. Very much like Bryce Canyon without all the crowds. The 10k feet of elevation will wind you if you’re not used to altitude. Lots of wildflowers, birds and marmots to be seen!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike has incline so may leave you winded.

hiking
9 months ago

awesome hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing trail. Rampart overlook (2nd half) is beautiful don’t skip it.

hiking
10 months ago

The first two miles are easy to follow, and mostly downhill. Beautiful forest on your left, with an occasional deer sighting. Views of the stunning red rock canyons on your right, as you walk along the rim. The edge begs you to step a little closer, but the loose rocks and steep sides make it dicey. The third mile gets a bit more adventurous. The trail plays hide-and-seek through the forest, so bring your sense of direction. The mine field of poison oak patches make tip toeing fun again. And the scenery is absolutely amazing. You can hear a creek on your left. You generally keep moving in the same direction as before, keeping the canyon rim to your right. Eventually the creek turns into a waterfall, and you emerge into some rolling, slippery slopes. There is a slightly worn deer path that makes this part a little easier, but if you missed it... I see rock skiing in your future. The slopes are steep, with loose dirt and rocks. Take your time and use trekking poles, if you remembered them. If not, well good luck! The arch itself is pretty neat. Definitely worth risking your life a little. (Kidding, it’s slippery but doable... not for kids though)

hiking
10 months ago

The views never stop coming! Great hike.

Trail is in great condition!

hiking
10 months ago

The trail opened up the morning that we did this. There was still a small amount of snow, but the trail was open and was a great hike. Views were pretty much non-stop and the bird watching was good as well. Although the trail had just opened that morning, there were quite a few folks on the trail with us. Unfortunately the wild flowers were not yet in bloom due to the late winter weather this year.

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closed
snow
10 months ago

Currently closed because of snow and ice. Looks like a beautiful hike though!

hiking
11 months ago

what a bust. was in park city in a 4star with all these planed hikes. then to find out the roads are closed due to snow. We gave up our reservation no refund and went to arches. then to brian head on our 2nd week to do all the hikes there. everything closed snow again. bailed out of our 4star with no refund again and went to Boulder ut to glamp. ya no peaks but got arches and slots. make lemonaide from the lemons. cost me a fortune! twice the hotel stay.

hiking
snow
Tue Apr 02 2019

Trail still closed April 2019 for ice and snow check with park before you go.

running
Tue Oct 30 2018

Amazing. Expansive. Great trail for running. Did get sunburned on a not very warm day, due to deceptively high elevation for this type of terrain. Wear sunscreen even if you plan to be out less than 30-45 minutes.

Thu Sep 20 2018

Very under rated park.

Wed Sep 19 2018

The bristle cone pines are amazing!!! Beautiful trees contrast against a stark landscape creating a wonderful journey. An easy walk/hike of 4 miles with a modest 500 ft of elevation gain on the way back. Very few people on the trail most walked to the first overlook for a photo, some went s far as spectra point but few traveled the 2 miles to rampart overlook. 25 campsites at the monument and plenty to do in the area. A great rest day on our Utah journey

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Fri Sep 14 2018

Extra

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Sun Sep 02 2018

I took two five year olds on this hike - only to the Spectra Point Lookout. I LOVED it! Nice stretches right along the cliffs (yes, keep an eye on your kids) and some nice stretches in the woods. So many incredible views. Bang for your buck, this was a great hike with my littles.

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Sun Jul 29 2018

Great trail with beautiful views of the breaks, lots of wildflowers and wildlife

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Tue Jul 24 2018

The hike is absolutely beautiful and well worth it.

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