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Under the Rim Trail: Bryce Point to Whiteman Bench [CLOSED]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Under the Rim Trail: Bryce Point to Whiteman Bench [CLOSED] is a 13 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bryce, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 3,103 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Blowdown Closed No dogs
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Contact

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Bryce Canyon National Park PO Box 640201 Bryce, UT 84764-0201 Visitor Information : (435) 834-5322 Campground Reservation (May to Sept) : (877) 444-6677 Fax : (435)834-4703

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Mac McCarthy
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Hiking

By far the best views overlooking the canyon.

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Pavel Hanc
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We originally planned to backpack and do the whole Under the Rim trail as a 2-day hike but with the sections of the trail south of Whiteman's Bench closed (as of mid-May 2019), we did this section as a day hike instead. I really enjoyed this one - it gives you a completely different perspective on Bryce Canyon, and while the section between Yellow Creek Campground and the point where one veers away from Yellow Creek can be a bit of a slog when the paths are muddy, the effort is absolutely worth it. The hike itself did not feel that hard and we easily did it in about 5 or 6 hours, including a lunch-break. We had temperatures in the 70's though and I'm sure that the going will get much harder when the summer heat hits. Also, two cars are not really needed, as one can take the Rainbow bus (free, but a reservation is recommended) to Whiteman's bench in the morning and a shuttle back to the car from Bryce point.

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Zach Alan
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Hiking

good choice for an abbreviated version of the Under The Rim Trail, avoiding the more poorly maintained southern section of the trail - only downside is this requires two cars (one at Bryce and one at Whitman Bench)

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Zach Alan
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Hiking

good idea for a less travelled strenuous day hike, though this would require a two car shuttle - descend from Bryce past the Hat Shop (a monster hill, not fun to walk back up), pass Right Fork Yellow Creek, Yellow Creek Group, Yellow Creek, Right Fork Swamp Canyon, and Swamp Canyon backcountry camping sites passing the Mud Canyon Spring viewpoint along the way, ascend to Whitman Bench

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Karen Rigsbee
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Hiking

Not as crowded as the Navajo Loop and Queen's garden.

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David Martin
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Backpacking

Definitely a great single night backpacking trek. We got the permit day of (walk-in) and hiked from Bryce Point to Yellow Creek to camp. The first day was almost entirely downhill but by the end of it (early afternoon) it was getting pretty toasty. Little to no breeze made the ~90 degree heat feel pretty strong. The campsite was great, plenty of good spots for setting up tents and hammocks. After settling in, a herd of cows passed by a few times while grazing. Hiking out the second day was pretty strenuous, quite a bit of up and down for the first few miles. We ate lunch near the junction of Under the Rim and Swamp Canyon Connector trails. The hike out from there up to Whiteman Bench was pretty consistently uphill, and got pretty steep as we exited the canyon. All in all though it was a great trek and I would definitely recommend it to a group looking to do a single night backpacking out in Bryce.

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Jeremy West
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Hiking

A very nice trail to get away from the crowds at Bryce. Even when it's busy, you may not see any other hikers for miles!

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Leslie Shimasaki-Kung
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Hiking

Just did this trail 4 days ago. Spent 3 hours on it and didn't see a single other group of hikers! It was really nice to have it all to ourselves. It was the end of winter though and the beginning of the trail was covered in snow and mud. But after a half mile or so, it dried out. There are some sketchy, slightly narrow parts of the trail, covered with loose rocks or sand, that slope down so be careful. The Hat Shop doesn't have signage or anything either but you'll know it when you see it. The hike back was a little tough, but definitely doable. Just take your time and enjoy the scenery. It was nice to view Bryce from a less crowded trail.

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Lee Hollingsworth
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A wonderful trail but very exposed and the way back is mainly uphill.

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Mike Berkowitz
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Mislav Kos
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Chris Webb
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Douglas Walker
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Alfonso Garcia
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Jenna Craker
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Iman Afif
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