Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails

MODERATE 58 reviews

Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails is a 4 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
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
872 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.

17 days 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.

4 months ago

Wow!

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5 months ago

Beautiful!

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5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

Great views and outlooks!

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6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

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6 months ago

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

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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.

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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.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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

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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.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful views and an overall good hike.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice hike, pretty views of Cedar Breaks.

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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

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Awesome views, alpine surroundings, great temperatures!

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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.

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