In a previous entry I showed photos of and from the major overlooks
above Bryce Canyon, including Bryce Point.
This overlook above the main Bryce amphitheater is the farthest one to the
south on the shuttle bus route and it has several trailheads --
to the Rim Trail going north all the way to Fairyland Point, to the
Under-the-Rim Trail that runs 23 miles to the south, and to the Bryce Point Trail that
switchbacks down into the canyon from the overlook and connects to the Peekaboo Trail:
I've already written about the Rim Trail. This entry focuses on the
1.1-mile Bryce Point Trail, which I marked in yellow on the map
above. I'll show photos from the Under-the-Rim Trail to the
Hat Shop rock formations in the next entry.
I really like the views into and beyond the main amphitheater
from the Bryce Point Trail.
I hiked it twice this fall as part of longer hikes to or from the Peekaboo Loop, and several more times in spring and fall 2016. These
photos are ones that I took on two different days in September, 2015
and show views in both directions (up and down).
Expansive view of the Bryce Amphitheater
from Bryce Point Trail
I was hiking solo the first time, going up to Bryce Point from the canyon
after hiking the Rim, Queen's Garden, Navajo, and Peekaboo trails.
The second time, when I wanted to hike the shortest route to show
Jim the Peekaboo Loop, we went down the Bryce Point Trail, hiked around
the loop, and returned back up to Bryce Point, where we were parked. We
hiked a total distance of 6.2 miles that day, including a little bonus distance
to see the views from Bryce Point.
A shorter way to enjoy the expansive views along this trail is to
simply park your own vehicle at -- or ride a shuttle bus to
-- Bryce Point, go down the Bryce Point Trail as far as you want,
and come back up without doing the Peekaboo Loop.
The Bryce Point Trail has an elevation gain or loss of about 500
feet over one-plus mile.
That's a moderately easy elevation gain/loss but feels harder if you
aren't acclimated to the higher altitudes in this park. The elevation
at the overlook trailhead is about 8,300 feet and about 7,800 feet
where the trail intersects with the Peekaboo Loop.
Looking down on the Bryce Point-Peekaboo
Loop trail intersection
(marked with red dot) from higher up on the
Bryce Point Trail
Switchbacks at the beginning and end of the Bryce Point Trail
where there is the most elevation gain and loss make those
slopes more gentle, and the middle part of the trail is rather flat.
The trails and connectors through and above the main amphitheater
-- Rim, Queen's Garden, Navajo, Peekaboo, and Bryce Point
-- are all generally wider and smoother than the trails in
the wilderness areas within the park, like Fairyland and Hat Shop.
Although most of the Bryce Point Trail dries out rather quickly,
some of it can
get quite muddy and/or sticky when soaked with rain or melting snow. If people
walk over it when it's wet their footprints, sometimes two or three
inches deep, can harden and make walking difficult for a few days
until the surface is smoothed down again by more hikers.
Nice, smooth, dry surface on the Bryce Point Trail
Neither mud nor hard, gouged-out surfaces were a problem the two times I
hiked the trail this fall but I encountered mud so sticky the next
spring that I turned around after about 100 feet from the upper
trailhead. It was like walking in wet cement so I found another drier
trail to hike that day.
Rain can also precipitate -- no pun intended! --
mud and rock slides. Even in dry periods you can usually see small
bulldozers or other equipment parked along this trail and the
Peekaboo Loop so they are convenient when the trails need to be
smoothed out or cleared of debris:
Jim inspects several pieces of trail
equipment on the Bryce Point Trail.
Unlike other trails in the park that I've hiked, this one has several small,
continually-seeping springs on the hillside above it that leave wet spots
even if it hasn't been raining:
MORE SCENIC PHOTOS OF THIS TRAIL
There are great views not only from the upper trailhead and nearby Bryce
Point itself, but also all along the trail down into the amphitheater. You
can see many miles north and east over the Bryce Amphitheater into Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument from the higher parts of the trail,
as well as closer details like a delicate flower near the edge,
colorful carved rock walls below (someday some of those will be
and a large archway where the trail passes through a
You can also see the arch and fin as you look down from the Bryce Point
overlook (see next two pictures) but it's more fun to get down there and walk through it:
Above and below: a very different
perspective of the archway on the Bryce Point Trail
Here are some other interesting views from this
trail, roughly in order from the upper to the lower levels
but looking in either direction:
Zoomed in on people at overlook
on Bryce Point
There are narrow switchbacks on
the initial descent from Bryce Point, then these broad ones.
A little national pride on the
trail above a gorgeous display of colorful rock walls and spires
Closer view of some of those
pretty sculptured rocks
There's a tiny window in that
The remaining pictures are on the other side of a
small pass on the descent to the
intersection with the Peekaboo Loop:
Above and below: views of
the "grottoes" in the white rocks below the rim;
also visible from the path to
Bryce Point overlook and the Rim Trail
Windows, windows eveerywhere
You can see the Window Wall on
Peekaboo Trail from parts of the Bryce Point Trail.
Jim passes a sign warning
hikers about potential rockslides.
If you have just a short time at Bryce Canyon and want to find a
scenic trail that's relatively short, not too steep, isn't
crowded with other visitors, and has a variety of colorful rock
formations and great views, consider going out and back on the Bryce
Point Trail from Bryce Point.
Hiking only one mile down and one mile back up will reward you with
as many features that make Bryce Canyon unique as any other trail
in the park -- for less time and effort.
You can even see the Wall of
Windows above and near the intersection of
the Bryce Point and Peekaboo
Loop trails -- without having to hike Peekaboo.
It's also a good way to connect to the Peekaboo Loop and other
trails through the main Bryce Amphitheater.
Next entry: another trail from Bryce Point --
Under-the-Rim to the Hat Shop rock formations
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil