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Spectra Point Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument

Two mile round trip hike along the rim of Cedar Breaks amphitheater.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion National... more »

Tips:  Bug Spray! Fly's, nat's and mosquito's are common.
Elevation! You are hiking at 10,000 feet, respect this fact and pay attention to ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Visitor Center

From the parking lot proceed to the visitor center to pay the $4 dollar entrance fee. Because Cedar Breaks is a National Monument the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass also allows entry.

2. Point Supreme

From the Visitor Center take the short 200 yard walk to Point Supreme, this is the main viewing area into the amphitheater. The views are stunning anytime, but the best time to view the colors are early morning or just before dusk. Looking South to the white ridge you'll notice a prominent point with railing. This is Spectra Point.

3. Spectra Point trailhead

Backtrack from Point Supreme, and follow the well designated path through the trees to the rim of the amphitheater. Looking South you'll see the established trail weaving itself through the trees along the rim.

4. Changing Perspective

Hiking along the rim gives you an ever changing perspective of the amphitheater and Spectra Point. Looking West you will be able to make out the distant lava fields across the plateau. Look close at the Hoodoo in the bottom of the canyon and you'll notice 2 - 3 very distinct "windows" in the rock.

5. Spring comes slow at 10,000 feet

Spring comes slow to the mountain at 10,000 feet elevation. Reaching the Southern side of the rim where the predominant winds blow and the pine trees help hold the snow are several large snow packs to negotiate (even this late in the year 7/1/11). Watching the snow melt, and the water running down the canyon, one begins to appreciate the fact... More

6. Bristlecone Pine Trees

Just before arriving at Spectra Point you are greeted by one of Natures Oldest living things. These ancient Bristlecone Pine trees that exist in the harsh environment of a windswept ridge are a wonder to behold. One stands in reverenced awe at these masters of survival, some living as long as 5000 years.

7. Spectra Point

Spectra Point is the first leg of a multi-leg trail continuing along the rim of Cedar Breaks. Also, serving as the trailhead for an additional 2 mile round trip along Ramparts Trail. This portion of the trail was impassable due to snow and mud. From the Spectra Point look North across the amphitheater to Point Supreme.