Spectra Point/Rampart Overlook Trail

Spectra Point/Rampart Overlook Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.61187°N / 112.83786°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Hike
Sign the Climber's Log


This trail goes downhill following the southern rim of the Cedar Breaks Amphitheater. It first takes you to Spectra Point, a finger-like projection into the amphitheater with commanding views of the hoodoos and then continues down to end at another view point known as Rampart Overlook (You could potentially go further down to The Bartizan but the sign at Rampart Overlook announces the end of the trail). As you descend along the trail, you will have views of the hoodoos to the right and forested slopes to the left. Bristlecone pines up to 1600 years old can be found near the viewpoints.

Spectra Point-Rampart Overlook TrailMap

Getting There

Trailhead is on the west end of the parking lot of Cedar Breaks’ Visitor Center.

Route Description

All distances are per my GPS.

10360 ft
zero miles
High Point
10487 ft
Spectra Point
10260 ft
0.90 miles
9940 ft
0.95 miles
Total Roundtrip
3.70 miles

Follow the trail a very short distance to reach the rim of the amphitheater.

Near Trailhead
Brianhead Peak & Cedar Breaks Amphitheater
Near Trailhead

The trail turns southwest and follows the rim of the amphitheater up to a high point near a water tank and then down toward Spectra Point.

Spectra PointSpectra Point
Spectra Point & Bristlecone TreesSpectra Point

Views from Spectra Point.

From Spectra Point
From Spectra Point
From Spectra Point

Follow the switchbacks below Spectra Point further down.

From a spot below Spectra Point

Below Spectra Point

Rampart Overlook will then come to view.

Rampart OverlookRampart Overlook

Views from Rampart Overlook.

From Rampart OverlookBrianhead Peak

From Rampart Overlook

From Rampart Overlook

From Rampart Overlook
From Rampart Overlook

Bristlecone at Rampart Overlook.

Bristlecone TreeBristlecone

Forest on south side of the trail.

Typical Forest

On the Trail

Red Tape

You must pay entrance fee to the National Monument.



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