Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bryce Canyon: Bristlecone Trail

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!

No comments:

Post a Comment