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Ramparts Trail

Intermediate
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3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer out and back
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Adrianne Herzog

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

Adrianne Herzog

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Scenic Drive road access is typically closed October to May.

Overview

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 run.

Description

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 running, 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 run 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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Nov 23, 2017
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Cedar Breaks is stunning from near the visitor center.
Jun 4, 2017 near Parowan, UT
From Point Supreme.
Jul 19, 2019 near Parowan, UT
View from the Rampart Trail at Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Dec 17, 2015 near Parowan, UT
Bristlecone Pine Tree at Spectra Point of the Rampart Trail
Dec 17, 2015 near Cedar City, UT
Cedar Breaks.
Feb 19, 2016 near Parowan, UT
View of the Breaks and wildflowers
Jul 29, 2018 near Cedar City, UT

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