01 Apr 2022
Hiking Trails in Dixie National Forest & Brian Head
Dixie National Forest occupies almost two million acres with varying elevations, scenery, wildlife, and more. These trails all offer unique views, each different from the next, that can only be found within this natural wonder. Browse the trails included below to find the perfect fit for your visit.
Aspen Mirror Trail
EASY | 1 MILE | SUMMER – FALL | LOOP/OUT & BACK | FLAT TRAIL AT 8,400 FEET ELEVATION
This short but scenic trail ends at Aspen Mirror Lake. Surrounded by Aspens, this is a spectacular fall destination and is a great hike for families. Aspen Mirror Lake is also a popular spot for fishing.
Trail Tips: Bring water and watch for ATVs at the trailhead. The trail is pet friendly.
Trailhead: At the end of Forest Service Road 057, about 29 miles east of Cedar City on Hwy 14.
(Trail T4 on the area map included below)
Cascade Falls Trail
EASY TO MODERATE | 1.2 MILES | SUMMER – FALL | OUT & BACK | 137 FOOT ELEVATION GAIN
Spectacular views of Zion National Park and the Markagunt Plateau, ending at cascading falls from an underground lava tube. Portions of the trail are steep and water may be present in places.
Trail Tips: Bring water, portions of the trail are exposed. The trail is pet friendly, though with steep edges.
Trailhead: From the Duck Creek Visitor Center follow the signs (staying left) for approx 3 miles.
(Trail T6 on the area map included below)
Bristlecone Pine Trail
EASY | 1 MILE | SPRING – FALL | OUT & BACK | 26 FOOT ELEVATION GAIN
An easy trail that is great for families. Enjoy views of Zion National park from an observation deck as you wander among a grove of ancient Bristlecone Pines.
Trail Tips: Bring binoculars if you have them for even better views! Trail is pet friendly.
Trailhead: The trailhead can be found at the top of Cedar Canyon (Hwy 14) near mile marker 17.
(Trail T5 on the area map included below)
Navajo Lake Loop Trail
MODERATE | 10 MILES | SUMMER – FALL | LOOP | 554 FOOT ELEVATION GAIN
A moderate 10-mile loop around the beautiful Navajo Lake near Duck Creek Village. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
Trail Tips: Restrooms are available at trailheads, trail is pet friendly.
Trailhead: From Cedar City go east on Hwy 14, turn right onto Navajo Lake Rd. The trailhead is on the right-hand side.
(Trail T7 on the area map included below)
Twisted Forest Trail – Brian Head
MODERATE | 1 MILE | SUMMER – FALL | OUT & BACK | 291 FOOT ELEVATION GAIN
Featuring a labyrinth of Bristlecone Pines and a unique view of Cedar Breaks, this is a high elevation hike with a sheer drop-off at the end. From the trailhead there is a brief downhill followed by a steady climb that is absolutely worth it!
Trail Tips: There is little shelter from the sun, bring water and make sure to wear sunscreen.
Trailhead: The trailhead is on Summit Mountain Road. Keep to the High Mountain Road side.
(Trail T9 on the area map included below)
Town Trail – Brian Head
EASY | 2 MILES | SUMMER – FALL | POINT TO POINT | AT 9,500 FEET ELEVATION
Follow Hwy 143 through the forest and wildflower meadows of Brian Head. This paved trail is popular with bikers as well, so be aware as you walk.
Trail Tips: The trail does cross roads at various points, watch for cars. Pet friendly.
Trailhead: The trailhead can be found along Hwy 143 in Brian Head.
(Trail T8 on the area map included below)
Download our area Hiking Guide here, and learn more about planning your visit.
Planning Your Visit to Dixie National Forest
Entrance Fee: The trails listed above are FREE to hike, with no entrance fee associated.
Nearby Attractions to Add to Your Visit: Dixie National Forest is full of outdoor recreation opportunities. Find a lake and spend the afternoon fishing, explore nearby national parks and monuments, or just enjoy a scenic drive.
Getting There from Cedar City: Take State Route 14 east through Cedar Canyon. Dixie National Forest is highlighted in green on the map included below. There’s so much to explore!
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