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Spectra Point Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 393 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Two mile round trip hike along the rim of Cedar Breaks amphitheater. 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 National Monument makes up for the lack of "in-house" trails by being the center of a host of hiking, mountain biking, horse and ATV trails located all around the park. Brian Head Ski Resort runs their chair lifts all summer long taking the die-hard mountain biker to 11,000 feet for extreme action. Rattlesnake Creek Trail descends into the beautiful Ashdown Gorge Wilderness area where steep terrain, slot canyons and high country adventure await everyone willing to give it a try.

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Bug Spray! Fly's, nat's and mosquito's are common. Elevation! You are hiking at 10,000 feet, respect this fact and pay attention to any altitude sickness. You can expect to be winded, but any unexplained severe headaches should cause you to seek lower elevation immediately. Family Friendly Hike but use caution, this is a rim hike along a crumbling eroding amphitheater, keep away from the edge. And keep children close. Take plenty of water (drink more at higher elevations) and energy snacks.

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Cindy O
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Moderate hike YES. Switchbacks in a few places With built in stairs. High altitude will get your muscles. Not a ton of shade but great views and perfect temps for July. Uphill and downhill and rocky but the views are excellent. Hike is right along the rim of cedar breaks with no fences or rails. Watch out if bringing young kids. Awesome hike.

Sage Howard
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Beautiful hike! Not crowded, and the views are stunning. It takes you right along the rim, and you can peer down over the edge. Even the first five minutes is unbelievably beautiful.

Aubrey Hallam
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What a beautiful hike this trail was today. I’m going to have to start revamping my rating system after this one.

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Sepand Soheili
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Fantastic hike. Not very difficult but the altitude definitely makes things more strenuous then they should be. Easily some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen.

Colby Hill
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This hike was beautiful! You start enjoying the fews already after like 200ft into the hike. This hike is easy although the altitude adds some artificial difficulty.

Dan McMullen
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Hiked this 6/17/20. Can tell you're at elevation; chilly with some breeze but overall comfortable. Some ups and downs for good cardio. Loved seeing and getting up close with bristle-cone pines right by Spectra Point. Cool views, color-wise similar to Bryce.

Heather Burton
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Did this hike in November. Very high elevation and pretty cold weather. Beautiful Bryce-like formations and colors and perfect place to watch the sunset. Didn’t have time to hike the second ramparts half so will definitely go back.

Carla Olmo
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Hiking

Nice trail, but the elevation (more than 3100 m high) makes it difficult, you feel the muscles tired.

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Cody Post
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Nice trail with awsome views and beautiful wild flowers.

Bob Hildebrand
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HikingMuddySnow

This trail is now open (it opened for the season on July 8, 2019). We only hiked out to Spectra Point but it is open all the way to Ramparts Overlook. 1.9 miles round trip to Spectra Point according to my GPS. Still patches of snow just off trail and some muddy areas but well worth it. Spectacular views of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater and Bristlecone Pine trees. Passed a few other hikers but not crowded.

Michael Fin
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HikingSnow

This trail is closed dec-April make sure you check with the park before you go. Ice causes the roads to be closed until late in the season.

Christina G.
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Hiking

Started this trail at 9am on a sunny November morning. Patches of ice and a snow field situated on the downward slopping section of the trail made for a nerve-wracking hike in some sections. Should have brought the yaktracks (and ended up going off trail for a portion due to the slippery paths). Views are absolutely spectacular, though. Enjoyed having the trail to ourselves (unlike in Bryce Canyon NP).

Robert Pherigo
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Hiking

Spectacular views!

Jean-Claude Linossi
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Spectacular trail with great views and lots of wildflowers and wildlife

Jim Candor
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Hiking

Great hike! I’m not a fan of exposed heights, but this didn’t bother me at all. Great views and a nice respite from the maddening crowds and heat at Zion. Excellent wildflowers and a stunning Bristlecone Pine near the overlook.

Corbin Stokes
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Hiking

Good trail. Pretty views.

Steven Thompson
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I'm not sure which held my attention the most. The hundreds of different colors from the amphitheater or the several thousand year old Bristlecone Pine trees. PS. I'm not sure why Everytrail is now having us rate and review our own guides. It seems a little self serving to me. My apologies.

Steven Spagna
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A must-do when visiting Cedar Breaks with spectacular views into the amphitheater. Although elevation change is minimal, the 10,000+ altitude is what probably gives it a moderate rating. Don't let it deter you ... take it slow and enjoy the solitude and breathtaking views. I wouldn't recommend it for young children since there are exposed areas with steep drop-offs.

Scott N Karen
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Jana Orchard
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Linette Phillips
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Mason User
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Andrew H
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Paige Songer
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Spence Redford
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Nancy Santillan
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Ken White
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Lee McNeil
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Ed Cash
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