Cedar Breaks National Monument

Wednesday August 23rd 2017

I drove 20 miles and climbed five thousand feet to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument. Simply stated Cedar Breaks is a half mile deep hole in the ground filled with red and white stone formations. It is filled with fascinating cliffs, windows, arches and hoodoos.

I took about two hundred and fifty pictures. Taking pictures was a way of keeping my pace slow as a hiked the trails. It is very easy to over do it at ten thousand feet. I walked around one section of the amphitheater to Spectra Point. Not only is the view from the point spectacular, it is also home to a grove of Bristle-cone pines. Some of the trees in the grove are almost two thousand years old. A group of similar bristle-cone pines in Nevada are the oldest trees on the planet at around 5000 years old.

The hike is labeled as “Moderate”, but it has a lot of altitude changes. The actual Spectra Point is lower than the start of the trail, but to get there you need to climb to a much higher elevation. It was a 2 mile total out and back hike. The trail continued another mile to the Ramparts Overlook, but I chose not to push my ability to hike at altitude.

The remainder of this blog entry contains some of the pictures I took today. I will put all of the pictures in my Google Photos album when I get better internet access. Upload speeds at this campground are almost non-existent.


Cedar Breaks is a half mile deep bowl in the grown known as an amphitheater.





Bristle-cone pine trees


Bristle-cone pines overlooking the amphitheater.



The trail continues around the amphitheater and down onto the white rock area known as Spectra Point




Some of many wildflowers along the path




The ground drops straight down through the opening in the white limestone rock.


Field of yellow wildflowers along the road at the visitors center.






End of Cedar Breaks National Monument entry.

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