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Ramparts Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument

Additional 2 mile round trip hike extending from Spectra Point along the rim of Cedar Breaks amphitheater
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: Half day
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.

Restroom facilities are also available near the visitor center.

2. Spectra Point and Ramparts Trail Trailhead

The trailhead is located about the middle of the parking lot. 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.

3. Ramparts Trail Trailhead

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.

Located at the base of one of these trees ... More

4. Switchbacks and Changing Perspective

After a short walk through the Bristlecone pine forest, a series of switchbacks begins to drop your elevation. The walking is easy until you meet someone struggling up the trail and you are reminded that it is 10,000 feet elevation and you too will have to make the return trip.

Several switchbacks lead to the rim and each provides a changing... More

5. Shooting Star Creek

During the switchback portion away from the amphitheater you become aware of running water. Shooting Star Creek is making is way through a lush back growth of vegetation on its way to the rim of Cedar Breaks and the stunning Shooting Star Falls. A stair drop waterfall into Ashdown Gorge Wilderness area.

6. Bristlecone Pine tree and Rock formation

Following the rim again watch for the most amazing Bristlecone Pine tree and rock formation I have ever seen. Because Bristlecone Pine trees live so long, one wonders if this Bristlecone tree, as a sapling, during the time of the Roman Empire was safely away from the edge of the amphitheater?

7. Spruce and Lupine

As the trail pulls back from the amphitheater you wander through the dead forest of Spruce. These trees were killed during a severe bark beetle outbreak in the 1990's. It will take more than 100 years before a mature spruce forest returns. Specie specific the bark beetle spared the mature Fur and other pine trees in the area.

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8. Ramparts trail end

Once again the Bristlecone pine tree awaits your entrance onto the edge of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater. Use extreme caution at the edge of this crumbling Ramparts area. To the West it seems natural to walk to the edge, but remember this is an ever evolving canyon and one quick look is all it takes to back quickly away from the edge. Beautiful... More