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Chessman Loop Trail

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • The Chessman Loop Trailhead.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • A huge variety of plant life lives here.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Windfall on the Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • This little guy was fearless!- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Lower Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • There are many opportunities to see the hoodoos on the Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Larkspur.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The many sandstone layers of iron oxides and manganese oxides covered in volcanic pumice.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Fireweed.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Fireweed on the Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Views from the Chessman Loop.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The Alpine Pond at the end of the trail. There is another loop that intersects 1 mile northeast of here.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Huge mushrooms along the Chessman Loop grow in all different types and sizes.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • The bark beetle comes and goes in natural cycles. It wiped out the trees of late, but new ones are coming up healthy.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Upper trail intersection.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Walking back you can see more sandstone cliffs in the distance.- Chessman Loop Trail
  • Loop complete!- Chessman Loop Trail
  • - Chessman Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short and easy. Great views of Cedar Breaks hoodoos.
Cons: 
The upper loop isn't spectacular.
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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: 
10,490.00 ft (3,197.35 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Chessman Loop is a fun and easy way to walk through beautiful forest to see the hoodoos and spires of Cedar Breaks National Monument in the distance. Located next to the overlook by the same name, the highly elevated walk overlaps a bit with the nearby Alpine Pond Loop. These two trails might not give you the stunning sights of Spectra Point, but they are much safer, especially in bad weather, because they are off of the canyon rim. The charming trail has a great feel to it and gives you much more opportunities to see Cedar Breaks than the nearby Alpine Pond Loop.

Keep an eye out for many wildflowers and the occasional bristlecone pine. Also keep an eye out for deer, porcupine, and plentiful mushrooms that grow thanks to the higher-than-normal precipitation the area gets. The elevation gain is minimal thanks to the elevation of the trailhead at 10,500 feet. The heavily wooded trail stays nicely shaded in the early and late parts of the day. The weather changes quickly here so be careful.

The upper loop is nothing spectacular; consider a there-and-back on the lower trail.

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