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Bryce Amphitheater Traverse, UT

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance One Way 4.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,283 feet
Elevation Gain 1,090 feet
Avg Time One Way 3-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.33
Dogs not allowed
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Author Hippy
author avatar Guides 8
Routes 4
Photos 1,790
Trips 631 map ( 4,774 miles )
Age 34 Female Gender
Location Grand Canyon
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by Hippy

The Bryce Amphitheater Traverse is exactly what it sounds like. You get to hike across the hoodoo amphitheater.


Hike
Starting from Bryce Point Trailhead descend into the hoodoos along the Peek-A-Boo Connector Trail (1.1 mi). The Peekaboo loop junction is well signed. We opted to go left at the junction and head towards The Wall of Windows (cool views in a full moon).

Follow this steep and undulating west/upper section of the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail about 1.7 miles to a clearly signed junction, turn left to continue towards Navajo Loop and complete the Amphitheatre Traverse via Queen's Garden (or turn right to finish to Peekaboo Loop and bail out at Bryce Point.

Shortly after this first junction, another junction will pop up, this second junction will be signed Horse Trail to the right or Navajo Loop to the left.
Stay left and continue through a gentle creekbed until you reach a four-way intersection where you can hike your own hike.

To complete the actual Amphitheatre Traverse you should finish off the final 1.6 miles and exit out Queen's Garden Trail.

Or save yourself 0.3mi by exiting Two Bridges which is the north side of the Navajo Loop.

Or get some more cardio in by taking the south side of the Navajo Loop and climbing out some 500 feet along the Wall Street switchbacks.
All three options are well signed. We notice Bryce has a sign fetish, it should be fairly difficult to get lost along these main trails.

Note
You can add 2.7 miles to this hike by parking your vehicle at Sunrise Point (where Queen's Garden Trail exits) and hiking the Rim Trail from Sunrise to Bryce Point. This avoids needing two vehicles or using the free Bryce Shuttle Bus (operates during the summer season). Sunrise to Bryce on the rim is almost entirely uphill and was a good warm-up for the moonlit "Traverse" we did. Highly recommend it.

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2020-06-07 Hippy

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Bryce Canyon National Park
    Per vehicle good for 7 days Entrance Fee Information


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    To Peek-A-Boo Trailhead
    From US89 & UT12
    1. Head east on UT-12 E toward Entrance Dr, go 13.6 mi
    2. Turn right onto UT-63 S, go 5.5 mi
    3. Turn left onto Bryce Point Rd, go 2.0 mi



    From SLC (I-15 & I-80) - 4 h 8 min (275 miles)
    From St George (I-15 & Bluff) - 2 h 24 min (148 miles)
    From Moab (Main & Center) - 4 h 26 min (253 miles)
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