Date: July 9thish, 2011
Distance: 1 mile
Elevation Gain: None worth mentioning
Time: Less than one hour
General Impression: This was a super-easy, well maintained trail near the rim of Bryce Canyon. It leads you through a shady forest with a beautiful view of the canyon at the end. I did it in flip flops with no problem.
We were trying to catch the sunset over the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, but unfortunately there was a bit too much cloud coverage and we missed it. Steve had a real hankering to do this Bristlecone Pine Trail that he had read about. I think it liked saying the words "Bristlecone Pine." Can you blame him? We set out in the early evening on this short and easy hike. I would even call it more of a walk, actually.
It was lovely! We walked along the dirt path through a pretty thick forest. There were lots of fallen trees and dead logs littering the ground, and we read an information post about forest fires. I can't remember now what it said. The above picture is of the oldest Bristlecone Pine Tree in Bryce Canyon. It is apparently more than 1600 years old!
It was a very pretty trail and we had a lot of fun hiking along without anyone else in sight. I would definitely recommend you check it out, especially just after a light rain shower in the early summer evening!