Bristlecone Loop - Hike near Kanab, Utah
Bristlecone Loop Trail, Kanab, UT 84741, USA,Kanab,Utah
37.47505490576724, -112.23932785917395
33.5 miles NE of Kanab, Utah
Address: Bristlecone Loop Trail, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
GPS: 37°28'30.2"N 112°14'21.6"W
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State: Utah

Trails Rocks Wildflowers National Park

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Bristlecone Loop is a one-mile trail from Rainbow Point. Rainbow Point is located at the southern end of Bryce Canyon National Park and is the highest point in the park. The spectacular views overlooking the park can be enjoyed as hikers meander this easy trail.

Bristlecone Loop is named for the Bristlecone Trees that can be found along the pathway. These trees are unique in their age and beauty. The oldest Bristlecone Trees on this path are estimated to be 1,800 years old. Be sure to take in the view of their uniquely spiky pinecones.

The beginning portion of this trail is forested with Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and White Fir Trees. These trees provide a great habitat for many forms of wildlife. Hikers commonly see woodpeckers, blue jays, chipmunks, owls and squirrels on Bristlecone Loop.

The middle of the loop provides a wonderful view off the top of the highest cliff in Bryce Canyon. This unique perspective of the park is definitely worth the hike.

Hikers wanting to explore Bristlecone Loop can park at Rainbow Point and easily find the well-marked trailhead on the east side of the parking lot. 

Bristlecone Trail is a wonderful way for hikers of all skill levels to experience the views and wildlife available in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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From Kanab, Utah

  1. Head north on S 100 E (180 ft)
  2. Continue onto E Center St (0.4 mi)
  3. Continue onto US-89 N/N 300 W
    Continue to follow US-89 N
    (59.8 mi)
  4. Turn right onto UT-12 E (13.6 mi)
  5. Turn right onto UT-63 S
    Destination will be on the right
    (20.7 mi)
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Bristlecone Loo by pkerikno
Bristlecone Loop Hike in Bryce Canyon National Par by Erin & Scott Bryce Canyon Bristlecone Pine Trail by Wanderlusts
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Trails

Distance ?

1.0 miles

Real Ascent ?

162 feet

Real Descent ?

179 feet

Grade (-14° to 15°)

-25% to 27%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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