Bristlecone Loop
Bristlecone Loop
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Popular hiking trail at Bryce National Park providing spectacular views of the rugged landscape.
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Kaye N
Provo, UT2,165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This might be our new favorite place in Bryce. I think the majority of visitors see the popular viewpoints where you can access Wall Street and the Queen's Garden trails but spend some time driving to Yovimpa Point and do this easy hike. You go through a bristlecone pine forest - they are some of the oldest trees in the world. It's not a hard hike and the views at the edge are beautiful.

Just off the parking area are a dozen picnic tables, all mostly shaded. There are restrooms too.
Written September 9, 2020
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NatParkLove
Peoria, IL1,849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Bristlecone Loop Trail is located at Rainbow and Yovimpa Points all the way out at the end of the scenic drive. We actually came here as one of our first stops in the park. This is about a one-mile loop hike. I would still call it an easy trail but as an FYI for anyone looking to hike it, you still gain about 200 feet in elevation and there are some fairly steep (but short) sections. Just so no one goes into this thinking it's a level paved walk.

We hiked it mid-afternoon in July and honestly had more shade than sun - probably depends on time of day and year when you do this. It got pretty toasty with the elevation and being closer to the sun. Beautiful views from it.
Written July 30, 2021
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Joebob747
Neenah, WI348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Most of the prior reviews covered it. About a mile long with a fair amount of up and down but nothing too steep or challenging. My only disappointment is that the really old tree wasn't marked, but I'm sure some jerk would have damaged the tree if it was. Great views at the end of the loop and worth the hour or so we took.
Written October 18, 2021
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Steve5863
Avon, OH12,851 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
The Bristlecone Loop trailhead is accessed from Rainbow Point at the end of the park’s scenic drive at an elevation of 9100 feet (2773 m) and is a worthwhile, “easy” 1 mile roundtrip hike (flat anyways, easy is relative at 9100 feet) through a cool, alpine forest providing several additional overlooks and the opportunity to view some ancient bristlecone pines. Given the altitude of this trail, one can expect cooler temperatures here than in the other areas of the park and in fact was mostly snow covered in early April when we visited. The oldest bristlecone pine, which the Park Service says is about 1700 years old, appears at first glance to be dead but upon close inspection, one branch has some green needles indicating continued life in the root system. We enjoyed this hike quite a bit as it offers an interesting contrast to the many amazing hikes among the Hoodoos.
Written April 9, 2013
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IheartZephyr
Fresno, CA241 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
If you want to hike at least once at Bryce and have limited time, you should hike the short ones like Queen's Garden Trail, Navajo Trail or a little bit longer like Peekaboo Loop Trail or Fairyland Loop. Bristlecone Loop is not an outstanding option if you want to see more of Bryce's colorful rock formations and hoodoos.

The advantages of this hike are its short, easy, and shaded trail. The 0.8 mile round-trip trail meanders through the forest atop the highest portion of the park, reaching elevation over 9,100 feet (or 2778 meters). The trail is shady with bristlecone pines, some can be up to 1,800 years-old. The abundance of Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Fir, and many little bushes makes this area a good habitat for grouse, woodpeckers, owls, and a variety of squirrels and chipmunks. We saw a few squirrels and chipmunks along the trail. We heard the woodpeckers but couldn't spy it. We did see a few ravens and Steller's jays.

Highlight of the trail is Yovimpa Point. It is the southernmost overlook in the park. Here is one of the places you can get a good look at the sequence of rock layers called Grand Staircase.
Written February 10, 2017
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DawgExplorer
Dalton, GA2,555 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This trail was a major disappointment. Most of the vegetation had been burned and the bristlecone trees were minimal and the one we saw was dead with no foliage whatsoever. It was an easy hike even with young kids.
Written August 4, 2020
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joemontana16
Mission Viejo, CA738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We planned a day of hiking in the park, starting with a trip out to Rainbow Point. This is a relatively easy hike that can be completed in about an hour or so. Great views at the two points (Rainbow and Yovimpa). We arrived by 8am and had the trail pretty much to ourselves. This is a big plus as the drive from the gate is about 18 miles – who wants to be in a train of cars for that kind of distance.
Written September 28, 2018
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milton260
Brooklyn, NY230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Since this trail is not near the main areas it does not get the recognition nor (thankfully) the crowds like other trails.

The trail starts by the parking lot at Rainbow Point, the farthest 'site' in Bryce. It is a relatively short and easy trail on an easy dirt path with minor elevation changes. It provides a nice partly shady walk through the forest - but the big surprise was the most amazing views to the South which were very different than from the other areas of the park.

Near he trailhead at Rainbow Point there is a picnic area and restrooms. When you are finished with the Bryce popular spots, take the scenic road to Rainbow Point and don't forget this hike!
Written August 3, 2017
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LaurieB980
Portland, OR648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We arrived at Bryce Canyon in the afternoon and hiked this trail before checking in at our hotel. It was a nice one mile hike and the views of Bryce were quite good. Fairly easy hike also!
Written June 14, 2017
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reviewer7160
Dallas, TX77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
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.
Written October 18, 2014
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