Hiking in Cedar Breaks National Monument is the only way to truly appreciate its grandeur. Be advised, Cedar Breaks is at a relatively high elevation with many of the easily accessible areas of the park at or above 10,000 feet above sea level. Listed below are several short hikes that showcase the park's features.
Spectra Point/Ramparts Overlook Trail
This is a four-mile round-trip along the rim, with spectacular views in all directions. The bristlecone pines, one of the longest-living species of trees, are found along this trail. The oldest known tree in the monument is over 1,600 years old. At 10,500 feet, this hike is moderately strenuous and is not recommended for persons with cardiac or pulmonary health problems. Bring adequate footwear for hiking, a hat and sunscreen, something to protect you from the cool winds, and lots of water to drink. If you just hike to Spectra Point Overlook, the trip is only a two-mile round-trip.
Alpine Pond Nature Trail
This trail is a two-mile double-loop trail through forest and meadows. The lower trail offers excellent views of the "breaks." The upper trail takes you past meadows of native wildflowers, through spruce-fir-aspen forest, and past ancient deposits of volcanic materials. Located half-way through the loop is the Alpine pond. This natural, spring-fed pond offers visitors a quiet location to enjoy and relax. A small strand of bristlecone pines can also be viewed from this trail. The Alpine Pond is easy to moderate in difficulty. There is a self-guided trail brochure available at the trailhead and Visitor Center for $1.00. For a shorter trail, take the cut-off at the pond to make the hike a one-mile loop trail.
This trail is a one-mile round trip that offers a nice, short walk with views of the amphitheater along half of the trail. This trail starts at the Visitor Center and ends in the Campground. This trail provides an excellent opportunity to get out with your pet in the park. This is the ONLY trail that pets are allowed to go on, but must be leashed at all times.