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Bristlecone Loop

Rainbow Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Popular hiking trail at Bryce National Park providing spectacular views of the rugged landscape.
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Laguna Hills, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We did this hike after doing several trails earlier in the day and it was a nice way to end our hiking day. My ten year old had no problem completing this hike and that was after hiking about 5 miles earlier in the day. It's a pretty hike, but not challenging. We did see a rattlesnake on the trail... More

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Pequannock, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The hike involves first going down into the area to a "bridge" of sandstone. Then you have to hike up. We were looking for some exercise and my 7 year old made it with a few stops on the way up. It is a trail which has a beautiful view of bristlecones and hoodoos.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I think this was one of the nicer hikes in the park. It was an easy hike and it went through a beautiful forest with side views of the hoodoos. I went in the morning and it was really secluded which is unusual in Bryce in June.

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Canton, Georgia
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23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We enjoyed our walk on Bristlecone Loop. It was one of the easiest hikes that we did. It went thru trees so you had some shade for some of the walk, but it also looped around to give you some good views on the cliffs. They had been doing a lot of tree cutting with the trees left wherever they... More

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uk
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The terrain was easy to walk, there were some great vistas, some with nice log benches strategically placed. A lot of the cliff edges were not fenced in so I would not have wanted to do this walk with younger children.

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massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It was VERY cold the day we were there but his is a nice loop that connects to a much longer trail that we opted not to take not being dressed for it.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A relaxing, very little elevation change, stroll through bristlecone pine trees. Not the hike if you want to commune with the hoodoos; you’ll only see them from an overlook on the hike. The trailhead is at the end of the scenic drive. We did this hike, really it’s a stroll, in the afternoon; the parking lot was full and we... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This was the perfect hike to start our (family of five, with youngest child at age 8) time in Bryce. A fairly simple 1-mile trek, with minimal elevation change, beginning at Rainbow Point, at the back end of the park. Offers a great overview of Bryce, though without the amphitheater views. Some highlights: awesome panoramic view to the south, ancient... More

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Pottstown, PA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Short one mile easy walk on a pretty wide well-maintained path through the woods. This was the only place in the park we saw peregrine falcons - which was awesome!

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Maumee, Ohio, United States
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

First, the drive from the main Bryce amphitheatre is a ways...roughly 15 miles, down to this trail located at Rainbow Point. However, the Natural Bridge overlook is on the way and this is a beautiful picture and viewpoint (right next to the roadway). This trail is quite easy, only a mile in length and very little elevation change, and takes... More

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