04 Aug 2020
Bristlecone Pine Trail – Cedar City
With so many incredible hiking trails around Cedar City, we know it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. Every week we take a day to share information about some of our incredible trails and create a highlight video for a specific trail. Part of #TrailTuesday are reminders on trail etiquette, pointing out things to watch for along the way, and answering any questions you might have about hiking in our backyard!
This Trail Tuesday highlight takes us to cool high country temperatures, incredible views, and some very unique trees on the Bristlecone Pine Trail.
Short but beautiful, this hike is a great way to start your morning, or an easy hike to fit into your afternoon. The Bristlecone Pine Trail is 1 mile out and back over some easy terrain, making it a perfect fit for the entire family. And as a bonus? This trail is pet friendly so even those furry family members can join! The trail winds through stands of pines, ending in an observation deck with a close-up view of some ancient Bristlecone Pines and an incredible view of the surrounding valley and Zion National Park in the distance.
How To Get There
From Cedar City, take Highway 14 (Cedar Canyon) and you will find the trailhead and parking area for the Bristlecone Pine Trail near mile marker 17. (Marked T5 on the map below)
*The trailhead is after the Zion Overlook, but before the turn off for Cedar Breaks National Monument*
The view from the observation deck at the end of the trail is an obvious favorite, but the views along the trail have their own charm. Birds chirping, the scent of the pines, wildflowers in bloom around you… it’s a very relaxing place to be. And, of course, don’t forget the reason for the trail’s name! The Bristlecone Pines nestled against the observation deck are beautiful in their own way with their interesting shapes and hanging branches.
Why We Love It
The Bristlecone Pine Trail is short and easy, making it a versatile trail that’s ideal for a lot of users. Whether you’re looking for a short and safe trail to do solo for some personal peace or a spot to take the entire family for the afternoon, this one is a good trail to start with.