Hiking near Cedar City, Utah

Cedar City is the largest community in Iron County. Located at the mouth of Coal Creek and the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area Cedar City is less than a day's drive from 7 National Parks and Monuments. Elevation is 5,800 feet above sea level, with 10,000-foot mountains to the east hosting Brian Head Ski Resort and a vast desert area to the west.
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Ashdown Gorge - Dixie National Forest
Ashdown Gorge - Dixie National Forest
Dixie National Forest / BLM, Utah, United States (9.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 5.9 miles, Half day
A non-technical slot canyon of deep overhangs, waterfalls and shear limestone cliffs. Includes Flanigan Arch.

** Update: as of 5pm 8/3/012 hwy-14 is expected to reopen all hours and days. Work is still being done and part of the road is gravel, expect delays. ** 7/2012 update, work in almost complete, hwy-14 is now open, but limited to weekends. Fri - Monday 7 am. ** 5/2012 update, work continues on hwy-14, still closed ** 3/2012 update, work on hwy-14...
Spectra Point Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Spectra Point Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, United States (13.1 miles away)
 
Moderate: 1.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Two mile round trip hike along the rim of Cedar Breaks amphitheater.

Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Cedar Breaks is host to only two trails, the Ramparts Trail which includes Spectra Point and a circular 2 mile Alpine Pond Trail. The National Monument makes up for the lack of "in-house"...
Bartizan Arch - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Bartizan Arch - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, United States (13.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 5.4 miles, Half day
A 2 mile round trip extension from Ramparts Trail. This Backcountry route includes the beautiful Shooting Star Waterfall

Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Cedar Breaks is host to only two trails, the Ramparts Trail which includes Spectra Point and a circular 2 mile Alpine Pond Trail. The Bartizan Arch, a unique triple arch, rests at the western...
Ramparts Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Ramparts Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, United States (13.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 3.6 miles, Half day
Additional 2 mile round trip hike extending from Spectra Point along the rim of Cedar Breaks amphitheater

Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Cedar Breaks is host to only two trails, the Ramparts Trail which includes Spectra Point and a circular 2 mile Alpine Pond Trail. The Ramparts portion of the trail starts at the end of...
Alpine Pond Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Alpine Pond Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, United States (13.3 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
A two mile round trip stroll through an alpine ecosystem and colorful amphitheater.

One of two maintained trails inside the Cedar Breaks National Monument the Alpine Pond Trail is a beautiful walk through an ecosystem that seems out of place next to the desert view of the amphitheater. Designed as an educational trail, a colorful brochure is available for purchase $1.00 based on the honor system at the trailhead. I found the brochure...
Rattlesnake Trail - Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area
Rattlesnake Trail - Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area
Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, Utah, United States (12.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 6.8 miles, Half day
A 4 mile 3,200 foot decent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek.

Just north of the Cedar Breaks National Monument boundary is the trailhead for Rattlesnake Trail. A 4 mile (one way)3,200 foot decent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek. When the summer sun pushes daytime temperatures above 100 degrees in the desert parks of Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon; cooler temperatures...
Noah's Ark Trail - Dixie National Forest
Noah's Ark Trail - Dixie National Forest
Parowan, Utah, United States (16.8 miles away)
 
Difficult: 3.0 miles, Half day
Three mile round trip hike on a maintained trail. Beautiful views of Noah's Ark and Vermillion Castle rock formations.

The origin of this namesake rock is as lost to history as the original Ark is lost to the world. It is presumed that much like the rock pinnacles of Zion National Park which were named by a traveling Methodist Minister who, on a whim, started naming the spires of Zion. Some early settler startled by the similarities of the shape started calling the...
Vermillion Castle Trail - Dixie National Forest
Vermillion Castle Trail - Dixie National Forest
Parowan, Utah, United States (16.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 1.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Two mile round trip hike up steep switchbacks to a viewpoint at the base of Vermillion Castle Cliffs.

Appropriately named, Vermillion Castle, from a distance looks every bit a castle. Spires and towers, lofty ceilings and sloping buttresses, one would expect a golden carriage to arrive at any moment. The trail requires a lot of sacrifice on behalf of the hiker to arrive at the front door for a closer look.
Mount Baldy - Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness
Mount Baldy - Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness
New Harmony, Utah, United States (19.7 miles away)
 
Difficult: 11.4 miles, Full day
A 3700' vertical summit ascent through the primitive, rugged countryside of Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness.

Established in 1984 the Wilderness Preservation System designated 50,000 acres as the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. True to all wilderness areas Pine Valley Mountain offers a more primitive backcountry experience. No motorized vehicles or mechanical equipment are allowed in any wilderness areas. A 3700' vertical summit ascent follows the Dixie...
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Kanarraville Canyon
by burnsdye on Oct 22, 2011
Kanarraville, Utah, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles (11.8 miles away)
Since parking at the trailhead was $10 per vehicle, we decided to park at the church in town and walk to the trailhead. While Tara and I were waiting for Anthony, Arianne, and Kevin (they missed the exit), we decided to play around on this nifty playground toy.Anyway, on our third or fourth spin, Tara scraped her knee pretty good. Off to a great start.This hike came recommended by a cousin. About...
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The Red Hill - Peak 7068 Loop
by steve625 on Apr 13, 2012
Cedar City, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles (1.4 miles away)
One of the most common landmarks in Cedar City is the Red Hill.  Standing out prominently against it's larger darker neighbors on the east side of town, the Red Hill is a means of navigation (drive east toward the Red Hill) and an immense source of beauty as the summer sunsets reflect off of it at dusk.  Long played on by high school and college kids looking to add a little excitement...
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Cedar Breaks National Monument - Rattlesnake Creek
by trentrolf on Aug 06, 2010
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, United States
Hiking | 8.3 miles (12.2 miles away)
We modified this hike a little since we didn't have time or a second shuttle vehicle to go all the way down Ashdown Gorge.  Print out that guide and you will have all the info you need.  The trail is very easy to follow.  We made it our goal to get at least to Rattlesnake Creek, and I'm glad we did because the creek was a great place to rest and cool off our feet.  At...
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Bristlecone Pine Trail - Dixie National Forest
by steve625 on Jul 01, 2011
Cedar Mountain, Utah, United States
Hiking | 0.6 miles (13.9 miles away)
Along the windswept ridges of Cedar Mountain and part of the Dixie National Forest exist some of the oldest living things on Earth.  The Bristlecone Pine trees "are thought to reach an age far greater than that of any other single living organism known, up to nearly 5,000 years".  This easy 1/2 mile round trip allows you to walk among these ancient trees.
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Sugarloaf Mountain - Cedar Mountain
by steve625 on Aug 31, 2012
Hamiltons Fort, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles (6.1 miles away)
The view into Shirts Canyon has always been a favorite of mine.  Driving along I-15 the red pinnacle spires of Sugarloaf Mountain and Peak 8367 offset against the blue / green backdrop of Pryor Knoll and Cedar Mountain are breathtaking in their rugged beauty.Driving north on I-15 take the Hamiltons Fort exit (exit 51) and continue north on the frontage road until it crosses back over the freeway.  Turn right at the...
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East Thunderbird Gardens Loop
by Hike4Fitness on Aug 27, 2012
Cedar City, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.6 miles (1.3 miles away)
As you know I like to find quick trails to exercise on in the morning to break the monotony of the gym or urban running.  I take my dogs and we find quick but beautiful hikes close to Cedar City.  This is a great hike if you are visiting or are local and want a quick jaunt.  We parked and headed up following a trail I had driven in my land cruiser. ...
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Thunderbird East Wash
by Hike4Fitness on Aug 29, 2012
Cedar City, Utah, United States
Hiking | 0.8 miles (1.3 miles away)
THIS HIKE IS ACTUALLY 1.4 MILES MY PHONE PAUSED WHEN I GOT A CALL ON THE DESCENT. I try to find hikes that are both fun and challenging as I use them to augment my workout schedule.  I decided to follow this wash that went east out of Thunderbird gardens the first .6 miles is easy with hardly any rise.  The next part it starts to really crawl up  the mountain.  Several...
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Spectra Point - Cedar Breaks National Monument
by steve625 on Jul 01, 2011
Cedar Breaks, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.9 miles (13.1 miles away)
Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon.Cedar Breaks is host to only two trails, the Ramparts Trail which includes Spectra Point and a circular 2 mile Alpine Pond Trail.  The National Monument makes up for the lack of "in-house" trails by being the center of a host of hiking, mountain biking, horse and...
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Spring Creek Trail
by Hike4Fitness on Sep 15, 2012
Kanarraville, Utah, United States
Hiking | 5.8 miles (12.7 miles away)
What a great 6 miler.  The real fun on this trail doesn't start until about a mile in when you start to approach the slot canyon.  From there it is breathtaking.  Spring Creek Trail is located just south of Kanaraville.  The trail is located at the end of Spring Creek road that juts off on an angle from the main road through Kanaraville.  The first part of this trail is more of...
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Lone Tree Mountain - Cedar City
by steve625 on May 09, 2012
Cedar City, Utah, United States
Hiking | 0.9 miles (4.2 miles away)
**Because comments are currently turned off I wanted to update and remind everyone that this area is currently posted NO TRESPASSING.From I-15 take the second exit for Cedar City (either direction) and head east.  At main street turn right then left on Center (next light) which is hwy-14.  Drive up Cedar Canyon about 4 miles until you see a brown sign indicating Kolob Reservoir.  Turn right.  The next few miles is a...
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Granite Mountain - Swett Peak Loop
by steve625 on May 31, 2012
Desert Mound, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.3 miles (10.5 miles away)
Iron county, Utah is named after the plentiful iron ore found in the area.  West of Cedar City, off hwy-56 exist some open pit mining sites that dig into the mountain sides following the large veins of ore.  Granite and Swett Peaks overlook some of the major mining sites in the area.From the middle interchange for Cedar City off I-15 (exit 59) head west on Hwy-56.  The Hwy is straight for several...