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Alpine Pond Loop

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Alpine Pond Loop

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  • The trailhead with the winter warming yurt.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Starting off on the upper loop.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • The Alpine Pond Loop.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Dense, heavily wooded areas along the trail.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • There are only a few views of the hoodoos and spires of Cedar Breaks.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • The Alpine Pond Loop.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • The Alpine Pond Loop.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Heading down some switchbacks to the lake.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • The Alpine Pond Loop.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • The Alpine Pond Loop.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Alpine Pond.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Alpine Pond.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Alpine Pond.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Alpine Pond.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • Bark beetle has done a number on the trees here, but their natural cycle is coming to end and the small trees are coming up healthy.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • There were a few tiny fish swimming around.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • A large rock garden.- Alpine Pond Loop
  • There are lots of big mushrooms on this trail.- Alpine Pond Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short and easy. Beautiful forests and flowers.
Cons: 
Not great views.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
-50.00 ft (-15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,567.00 ft (3,220.82 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Alpine Pond Loop is a short trail located in Cedar Breaks National Monument, one of the few trails available in the park. The views are not as good as the nearby Chessman Loop, but this is still a very pretty hike.

The unique atmosphere of the trail comes from having a mix of alpine and desert terrain combined with heavier-than-normal precipitation. The steep cliffs of nearby Brian Head condense the rising air and create frequent storms year round. The loop doesn't have the best sights of the hoodoos, but it does have heavily wooded forests, a ton of wildflowers, deer, porcupine, hummingbird, the occasional bristlecone pine, and a large number of mushrooms.

The trail overlaps with Chessman Loop on the far end, and you can combine the two to make a 4-mile round trip. The pond is not very deep, but it is a decent size, and you can see it from above on the upper loop. The yurt at the trailhead is a warming hut for snowmobilers and snowshoers that frequent the area in winter.

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