Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
-50.00 ft (-15.24 m)
Trail type
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Short and easy. Beautiful forests and flowers.


Not great views.

Trailhead Elevation

10,567.00 ft (3,220.82 m)


Bird watching
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


The wildflowers and foliage are very lush this year. The views are not constant from the lower loop, but when you get a chance to peek through the trees, they are spectacular.
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