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Bristlecone Pine Trail - Dixie National Forest

Easy 1/2 mile round trip through natures most ancient living things. Zion overlook and Virgin River headwaters.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.6 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  Along the windswept ridges of Cedar Mountain and part of the Dixie National Forest exist some of the oldest living things on Earth. ... more »

Tips:  Good walking shoes

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Trailhead

Exit I-15 at Cedar City, Utah and proceed East on hwy-14 up beautiful Cedar Canyon. Just before reaching the summit on the right is the Zion Overlook pullout, and within the next 1/4 mile you will top out on the large plateau. Immediately on your right is a large pullout for slower vehicles and the trailhead for Bristlecone Pine Trail. A... More

2. Easy hike along maintained trail

Bristlecone Pine trail is usually a wonderful hike along a well maintained trail. The path is well worn with little elevation change. Great for families and even small children. Use caution as the ground is uneven and contains rocks, burrows and broken limbs.

It must have been a rough Spring as I found the condition of the trail (usually... More

3. Bristlecone Pine trees and Zion Overlook

The Park Service has built an observation deck next to a large Bristlecone Pine tree, which allows for easy access and a beautiful spot to enjoy the view into Zion National Park 21 miles away (see if your can recognize the West Temple and other Zion peaks). The drainage from this ridge serves as the headwaters to the Virgin River.

Special note... More

4. Spring comes late at 10,000 foot elevation

Spring comes late on the mountain at this elevation and even hiking in July snow is often present and abundant.