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Spectra Point Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

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.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: This trail is currently inaccessible due to winter weather conditions. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/cebr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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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3 months ago

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

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4 months ago

Nice trail with awsome views and beautiful wild flowers.

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4 months ago

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.

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8 months ago

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.

hiking
Tue Nov 20 2018

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).

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Tue Aug 07 2018

Spectacular views!

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Sun Jun 24 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Jun 19 2017

Good trail. Pretty views.

Fri Jul 01 2011

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.

Wed Sep 17 2008

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.

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