Bryce Canyon NP's Back Door
This trail leaves from the boundary of the Dixie National Forest lands about 5 mi east of the town of Tropic and heads up a wide, gentle canyon to the trail system of Bryce Canyon National Park. The grade is easy, and the trail is wide enough to accommodate 2 hikers side by side. Bryce Canyon is known for its winter splendor, and this trail would likely be easy enough to follow in the snow.
Although the views along this stretch of trail were not nearly as jaw-dropping and wonderful as the other trails in the park which it connects to (Navajo Loop, Queen's Garden Trail, Peek-a-boo Loop and Rim Trail), it is pleasant and a delightful alternative to the crowded trailheads above on the plateau rim. Views of hoodoos, towering red, pink and white tinged cliffs, eroded spires and small arches abound. Additional wonders such as natural bridges, slots between towers and hoodoos that look like English monarchy are just a short hike away from the junction. It also allows hikers to access the park trail system without paying the park entrance fee, if you're into that kind of thing. The town of Tropic boasts a number of lodges and some nice restaurant opportunities as well, as well as providing access to other trailheads in the Dixie National Forest which explore other wonders of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
Bicycles and pets are prohibited on trails within the Park, and backcountry camping is available on the "Below the Rim" trail system in designated campgrounds by permit only. Bryce Creek is typically dry except in times of flood, when caution will need to be exercised crossing. Mud in Bryce Canyon is infamous for it's slick, sucking nature, and has swallowed more than a couple of pairs of loosely tied shoes...
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.