Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails

MODERATE 75 reviews

Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails is a 3.7 mile moderately 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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
15 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

The hike is absolutely beautiful and well worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

The views would be awesome all along the trail, but we only finished a small portion of it due to fear of heights!! Our recording shows us going in a very short distance taking a little over an hour. This is because we went on the weekend for the Wildflower Festival and went on a wildflower hike. The hike leader was very knowledgable about all the flora and fauna, which took time to stop at various flowers and plants to explain to us about the various natural elements of the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Cedar Breaks is a beautiful view and has some very dark skies. A nice park and look then go type of thing. This hike is nice and short but you do not really see anything different.

1 month ago

Breathtaking views!

2 months ago

Beautiful views of Cedar Breaks. The switchbacks at altitude are tough, so be prepared. Well marked trail.

7 months ago

If pressed for time, skip the second lookout - it takes an extra hour and is more strenuous than the first half. Very fun hike with spectacular views. Snow on December 28th was packed and fine to walk on with decent shoes.

11 months ago

Wow!

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

We only had time to do Spectra Point, but it was well worth the mile or so hike each way. It is a bit steep in some places, but easy for a kid to do. You get to walk along the side of narrow cliff and the overlook is beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

The best thing about Cedar Breaks in the summer is the cool temperatures, at least 20 degrees cooler than in Cedar City below. This is really the only moderately difficult hike in the monument. The other options are either very short or very long. The views on this hike are great, but beware that it is pretty much all downhill on the way to Rampart Overlook and you are going to have to climb back up, at an altitude that is going to make it tough if you are not acclimated. Also, note that there are often torrential thunderstorms in the afternoon, with hail possible, and the mud on the trail makes it like you are walking through clay. I did this one year in August and it snowed.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great views and outlooks!

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Beauty of Bryce with peace, wild flowers, and a stream. My 6 year old had no problem and while there are some drops the trails plenty wide so there's never much danger.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The hike leads to Spectra and then onto Rampart. Great views and photo ops, and much less crowded than Zion. Not good for kids- the canyon ledges are sharp. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beautiful hike and wide vistas. Mostly shaded and very moderate. Not bad for kids - if you keep the aww from the edges.

hiking
Friday, November 04, 2016

Amazing views! The trail to get to Ramparts Overlook is pretty easy because it's all downhill but a little tougher uphill when coming back. Trail can get really muddy.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Pretty easy for most hikers when dry. The view is great. Best for summer and early fall.

Monday, August 01, 2016

It is a very beautiful hike with thick pine on one side and brilliant red rock on the other. Very few people on the trail so you get to relax and enjoy the sites and is relatively easy. Bring bug spray though, got bitten a few times even with spray.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Amazing. Moderate trail with breathtaking views! This is one of the prettiest trails I've done.

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

I didn't hike the entire length of this trail, got just about as far as Spectra Point before an approaching thunderstorm made me head back to the visitor's center. This trail along the rim offers amazing views of the canyon and surrounding areas. I've lived in Utah all my life, hike in the mountains. On this hike was the first time I ever noticed the altitude having an effect on me. It wasn't much of an effect but at over 10,000 ft it does make it a bit harder to catch your breath at times.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful views and an overall good hike.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice hike, pretty views of Cedar Breaks.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Good hike. Great views. The hike in and of itself isn't too difficult but being at 10,000ft. makes it harder. It will definitely get you breathing hard.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Very nice

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

Awesome views, alpine surroundings, great temperatures!

hiking
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Didn't really intend to hike the whole trail at the time--so glad that we did! My daughter and I started out at the Visitor Center with the intent of going on the Alpine Pond trail. It was our first day in Utah and the 10,000 elevation was like cotton in my ears. The view even at the Visitor Center is absolutely gorgeous. We were just going to go to the first viewpoint and then headed all the way out to the end of the trail. Quite a bit of up and down and into the forest. It was late afternoon and we only encountered two people on the trail. Several animals delighted us--marmots, deer, squirrels. The contrasts of color along the trail was wonderfully appealing as was the beautiful vista! We particularly loved the Bristlecone Pines.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Great trail. Moderate difficulty. 4 miles total if you go to the second overlook. A little of everything. Beautiful overlooks, wildlife (marmots), flowers, pine forests. A bit steep in parts and 2 feet wide in some other spots with steep drop offs to the side of the trail so not for anyone with impaired mobility or young kids. Overall beautiful place.

hiking
Monday, July 15, 2013

Nice hike. Definitely worth the time if your are visiting Cedar Breaks National Monument. The views are spectacular and there are many wild flowers along the trail.

hiking
Thursday, July 11, 2013

This was a spectacular view of the Cedar Breaks Amphitheater. The hike was about 4 miles round trip with the majority of the up hill climb on the return trip. I thought is was moderate to easy and did the whole walk in under two hours. Great scenery.

hiking
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I waited until my next to last day in Utah to do this trail. The Visitor's center is due to open on June 7, two days after I was there. This trail will take your breath away! ( over 10,000 ft elevation). Some very good views along the way.

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