Cedar Breaks Hiking

Life can be very stressful especially for adults, in these times when financial distress is at its rife. Taking time to do some exercise, play and engaging in other enjoyable activities is a good way to reduce stress levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Adults in particular usually worry a lot about their jobs and other activities and often forget to indulge in exercise and stress relieving activities. Exercises such as hiking and biking can be really fun and also very beneficial for both your health and your Job. Hiking adventures tend to relax the brains and the body from accumulated stress as a result of excessive work. It also helps in improving work performances, by freeing the brain and creating room for more creative ideas, and new ways of solving simple problems. It’s these kind of problem solving that led us to get some rooms while on a St George Utah vacation.

Cedar Breaks National Monument has a variety of hiking trails that would provide an exciting experience for hiker that traverse the trails. The hiking trails at cedar breaks National Monument includes; the Spectra Point trail, Alpine Pond Nature trail, Campground trail, and the Rattlesnake Creek Trail.

Cedar breaks hiking and southern utah lodgingPhoto Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Well before we dive into all the interesting and important activities you can enjoy at each of the hiking trails, it is important to take a look at the dos and don’ts of the park. Bikes, ATVs and any other motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited from all hiking trails within Cedar Breaks National Monument. With the exception of Campground trail, pets are not allowed within the hiking trails. The monument is about 10,000 feet above ground level, and may not be suitable for persons with respiratory or cardiac health complications.

Spectra point/Ramparts Overlook trail is situated along the rim of cedar breaks. Bristlecone pines which are the oldest trees in the monument can be found along this four mile round trip trail. Spectra Point trail offers a beautiful view of the monument and its surroundings in all directions. You would need a good quantity of water supply and appropriate dressing for the windy environment. This is a moderately difficult trail to traverse.

Alpine Pond Nature Trail is a forested double loop upper and down trail. Taking the upper trail would lead you through a beautiful scenario of wildflowers and aspen forests, with volcano deposits that would fascinate you. The lower part of the trail also offers a clear spectacular view of interesting parts of Cedar Breaks. Another aspect of interest in these trail is the Alpine Pond, that provides an excellent spot for relaxation. It is possible to get brochures at the visitors center that would help you with a self-guided tour around this trail. The Alpine Pond Nature Trails is rated at a difficulty level of moderate.

The Campground trail is recommended for the old and kids, or those who do not need to walk for long distances. Pets are exceptionally allowed on this trail ground, on the condition that they remain leached throughout. It consists of a one mile round trip from the visitors center to the campground. The monuments Amphitheaters could be seen half-mile within this trail.

At the north entrance of the monument is the Rattlesnake Creek Trail that forms a portion of the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness. Four mile into Rattlesnake creek trail with a drop of 2,500 feet links with Ashdown Creek, which has an upstream track that leads to the canyons of cedar breaks. Following the creek 5 miles downward through Ashdown Wilderness area would lead to the lower trailhead on Utah Highway 14, on the 7 mile marker. You must be versed with map reading before attempting this trail, because some of the markers are barely visible, and in some places, non existent. Checking the weather before attempting this trail is very important, to avoid being confronted with flash floods on the trail.