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Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point

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  • The hike begins pleasantly enough, descending a set of stairs.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • The trail peers down on the tops of rocky spires.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • Huge views are the norm at Bryce Canyon.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • Caves, bridges, windows, hoodoos, and numerous other geological points of interest blanket the earth at Bryce Canyon.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • In the center of the photo lies the destination: the Hat Shop.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • As the cliff edge erodes, trees struggle to hold the ground with their twisted roots.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • Not all of Bryce Canyon is orange.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • The occasional tree brings a little shade to the exposed trail.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • Yellow flowers add a touch of color to the canyon.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • The dry, sandy trail weaves down to the Hat Shop.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • The hoodos with their balancing hats are visible beyond the stump, up the trail.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • A surprising number of trees cling to life along the trail.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • The Hat Shop amid Bryce Canyon's distinctive hoodoos.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • Erosion-resistant cap-rocks sit on top of their sandstone pedestals at the Hat Shop.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • A view of the many rock "hats" at the Hat Shop.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • The trail traverses alongside the Hat Shop.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
  • From the low point of the hike, you can look back up to the rim to see the many layers and folds of the canyon walls.- Under-the-Rim Trail to Hat Point
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Pros: 
Unique geology. Scenic views.
Cons: 
Uphill return hike.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,436.00 ft (437.69 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,294.00 ft (2,528.01 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The landscape at Bryce Canyon National Park holds cryptic clues to the park's past. Interesting rock formations engage everyone's curiosity, from the geology nut to the casual visitor. The natural bridges, hoodoos, windows, and walls create a maze of canyons that make you wonder what natural forces created these special places. The Hat Shop, a series of orange hoodoos topped with dark gray stones, is just such a spot.

The gray stones are made of dolomite, a hard mineral that erodes much more slowly than the sandstone beneath it. This simple process makes it possible for interesting rock formations to evolve.

To see the Hat Shop, follow the Under-the-Rim Trail down into the canyon. The moderately graded trail descends on smooth sand and gravel through a series of curves and gentle switchbacks. On either side of the trail, limber pines cling to the cliff edges as the ground beneath them erodes away.

If you are considering extending your adventure into an overnight trip, there are designated campsites along the Under-the-Rim Trail. Check in with the rangers at the visitor center for current trail conditions and to purchase a required backcountry permit.

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