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blue Ramparts Trail

  4.3 ( 7 ) Favorite


3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 709' 216 m
Descent: -709' -216 m
High: 10,473' 3,192 m
Low: 9,894' 3,016 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Adrianne Herzog

A stunning out-and-back hike along the rim with amazing views of Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Adrianne Herzog

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy access from the Visitor Center and the option to turn around at Spectra Point for a shorter outing with just as many amazing views.

Scenic Drive road access is typically closed October to May.


This trail features beautiful views of sunset colored rocks in Cedar Breaks National Monument. A mellow trail with amazing scenery and easy grades that makes for a great out-and-back hike.


The Ramparts Trail starts from the west side of the Visitor Center parking lot. At the beginning of the trail, there is fun information on the flora of the region. Keep an eye open for Bristlecone Pines, one of the oldest living species of trees, along the way. The first part of the trail winds through some trees and depending on the time of year, you may see wildflowers.

After about a mile, the trail will start to follow the rim more closely and you'll pass a side-trail that brings you to a historic cabin, original to the property. Also, be sure to take the short spur trail that leads to Spectra Point, where you can enjoy the expansive views and learn some more fun facts on the ancient Bristlecone Pines.

From Spectra Point, you'll continue for another mile along the rim. The trail will gradually descend until its end point and while, for the most part, it is very mellow hiking, there are some sections that are somewhat exposed or can feel like there is a drop-off, though they are very do-able. Spectra Point is a great turn-around spot for a shorter hike or you can continue on to the Wasatch Rampart at the end of the Rampart Trail for the full out and back.

Flora & Fauna

Bristlecone Pine, and a variety of wildflowers. Chipmunks and yellow-bellied marmots.

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Sep 11, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Only went as far as Spectra overlook. Beautiful views with many wildflowers and lot of wildlife. 2mi — 1h 00m
Jul 25, 2018
Gia Um
Last day at UT with Mark 3mi
Jul 1, 2018
Sherry H.
Partially around 1mi
Jun 30, 2018
Allison Wilkerson
Hiked half the trail with Nick Gregory before Shiane’s wedding
Jun 10, 2018
Matt McBrien
We didn't complete the entire trail. We went to Spectra Point before turning around.
Nov 13, 2017
Tianhao Shi
Jul 15, 2017
Marianne Mlechick

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