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Ramparts Overlook Trail - Spectra Point, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.61 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,373 feet
Elevation Gain 594 feet
Accumulated Gain 823 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.73
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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10  2019-09-02 LindaAnn
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Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 21
Routes 358
Photos 2,292
Trips 939 map ( 6,953 miles )
Age 39 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  6:18am - 6:30pm
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Bryce Canyon without the crowds
by LindaAnn

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Moderately easy hike along the southern rim of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater. Views are similar to Bryce Canyon, but the amphitheater is more than twice as deep as Bryce. Visitation is a small fraction of the Bryce crowds, which allows for more opportunities to see wildlife.

There are no guardrails along most of the rim edge. Use caution at the edge, as the trail surface can be slippery. Avoid standing on the rim when lightning is nearby.

The trail starts at the western side of the main parking area, south of the restrooms. Head west on the trail and up a short slope. At the top of the slope, the view of the amphitheater spreads out below you. Snap a picture, then head south on the trail where even better views await.

The trail heads south along the edge of the rim, gradually turning southwest and heading uphill towards a water tank perched on the high point of the trail. Along the way, there is a very short spur trail to you left that heads over to a old cabin. There used to be a lodge at this location, but it was torn down decades ago, the cabin is all that remains. Once back on the main trail, continue heading southwest. During the summer, wildflowers abound along this section of the trail.

Once past the water tank, the trail descends and heads northwest towards Spectra Point. There are numerous Bristlecone Pines around Spectra Point, with some signs detailing their history. Many people turn around at Spectra, which makes for a hike of 2 miles and 360' aeg. If you choose to continue, head west on the main trail, which quickly starts to switchback downhill. At the start of the switchbacks, which run along Ashdown Creek, keep an eye out for marmots, which are frequently seen along the rest of the trail.

The trail runs alongside and above the creek for a while, slightly further from the edge of the rim, but you will still get plenty of great views. After just under another mile from Spectra Point, the trail ends at Ramparts Overlook. Enjoy the views, then return to the parking lot on the same trail. The return trip has just as much elevation gain, which you will be very aware of at an elevation of 10,000'. Take your time, and enjoy the views on your return hike.

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2019-09-05 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Ramparts Overlook Trail - Spectra Point
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    Sort of a stormy day, so we were lazy in the morning, then headed out in the afternoon for a quick hike at Cedar Breaks. Hiked the Ramparts-Spectra trail out to the end and back. There were a couple of sprinkles here and there, and a few rumbles of thunder, but it didn't rain until after we were done. I promised the kids a marmot, and we did see one--thank goodness! Always a fun hike.
    Ramparts Overlook Trail - Spectra Point
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    Went up to Cedar Breaks after we had checked in to our hotel in Cedar City. I like Cedar Breaks in late afternoon, since I think the sunlight is best up there at that time of day. The kids and I walked out to Spectra Point, then turned around. As always, great views and hardly any people. Temps were in the mid 60's, and it felt great.
    Ramparts Overlook Trail - Spectra Point
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    Zion was simply too dam hot! After a trip to Lava Point during the day Sunday, I drove to the East Rim Trail trailhead and when I arrived at 6 PM I still found the temperature near 100, with an overcast. No way was I doing that trail! Besides, I was still tired from the day before on the West Rim. So, I was going to Cedar Breaks!

    Like a small version of Bryce without the Asian tourists screaming at each other in the amphitheater or the Dude Ranch horse tours, it is quiet, cool, and a nice place to relax and enjoy the scenery. This is what I think of as the Monument's main trail, as it is the longest out along the rim, and it has great views. There are others, but this takes you to some spectacular scenery. Bristlecone pines are at both view points, btw. Also, a creek runs right along the trail in parts, and is enjoyable to stop at.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cedar City/Interstate 15, head east on Utah Hwy 14 to Utah Hwy 148. Turn left (north) on Hwy 148 to the park entrance. Hwy 148 is closed in the winter, usually only open from late May to mid November.

    From US Hwy 89, head west on Utah Hwy 14 to Utah Hwy 148. Turn right (north) on Hwy 148 to the park entrance. Hwy 148 is closed in the winter, usually only open from late May to mid November.

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