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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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Salem, Oregon
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387 reviews 387 reviews
130 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

After climbing up and down the canyon, and seeing all the amazing views from the rim, the Bristlecone Pine loop offers an entirely different take. You walk through the pines in solitude and quiet, then the trees give way to amazing views across the southern landscape heading over towards Grand Staircase Escalante.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We didn't have much time at Bryce, so we took this quick hike. The trail was easy and well maintained. There are several areas that open up to beautiful outlooks. Nice mix of forest and open vistas.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This was a very nice hike at the end of the day. Situated at the very end of the access road, this hike brings you through the pine forest at 9000 feet of elevation. There are some nice views, and the hike is very relaxing and enjoyable. Easy and flat - no more than 100 feet of elevation differential from... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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276 reviews 276 reviews
174 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Lots of the walks in Bryce are quite long this one is just over 1 mile so manageable for most. If you are lucky you will see birds of prey soaring in the sky above the pines.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

On our first day we did the "drive by" to get oriented. At the very end of the road we were sick of the car and decided to take this short trail...it is very nice. The forest is alive with birds and you end up with a grand overview of the entire valley.

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California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Rainbow has spectacular views. The Bristlecone trail is a very doable 1 mile hike which is right off of Rainbow Point. You drop down for about ½ mile and then come back up for ½ mile. It is not very strenuous and people with kids were on this trail.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We did this hike as our last right before leaving Bryce, since it was a drive for is from the Lodge. It was a nice easy walk after hiking into the canyon, with lots of friendly chipmunks. We also saw Mule deer along the way and stopped at the Bryce amphitheater overlook on the way to the trail. The trail... More

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Modesto, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Bryce Canyon is beautiful anywhere one hikes. This is an easy hike at the end of the parkes road. Great views.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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342 reviews 342 reviews
255 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is by far my favorite hike and Bryce Canyon. There were few people there, and I had the trail mostly to myself. The views from several different points along this trail are amazing. And it's really neat to be able to see the Bristlecone Pines which are so old and so amazing in their tenacity. Even with an injured... More

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Westville, Indiana
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37 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We decided to meander the trail towards the evening around 5ish. There were storm clouds but it only sprinkled a little. Great views. Only took about 35 minutes for us but our 13,11 year olds were in a hurry (as usual) they liked it though as did we.

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