Photo of Navajo Lake by Jade Harris

Navajo Lake Loop

Mammoth Cave

Cascade Falls


Length: 4.2 miles one way
Difficulty: Strenuous

Description: This steep trail runs down the face of Cedar Mountain, from a the C-Overlook down to the edge of town. It offers beautiful views out over the valley. Fall is a great time to do this hike because of the fabulous fall colors.

C-Overlook Trailhead
Have someone drop you off at the trailhead, and meet you at the end of the hike. To reach the trailhead, drive east from Cedar City following Hwy 14. Five miles into the canyon, turn right on to the Kolob Reservoir Road. Follow that road for 4.6 miles to the signed parking area/trailhead.

Trail End
Follow the well-marked trail down to the edge of the city. It is mostly downhill, and steep in spots. You’ll drop about 1130 feet over the route. The trail ends at the parking lot at 820 South 300 East, in Cedar City. This trail is popular with mountain bikers. It is a fast, exciting ride, with options to make it a loop.

Bristlecone Pine Trail

Bristlecone Pine Trail
Length: .75 mile round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Description: This loop hike runs through a stand of Bristlecone Pine trees on Cedar Mountain, east of Cedar City. Bristlecones are the oldest living organisms on earth. Scientists have identified some Bristlecones they think are up to 5,000 years old. The trees on Cedar Mountain aren’t that old, but some are still ancient.

The trailhead is located along Hwy 14, about 18 miles east of Cedar City. The trailhead is signed and easy to locate. The trail is wide, easy and obvious.

This trail loops out to a viewing platform on the edge of the mountain overlooking the upper reaches of Zion National Park. From the overlook, continue on the loop back to the trailhead.

Alpine Pond Nature Trail

Length: 2 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Description: This easy loop trail runs through the forest and along the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument, providing outstanding views of the Cedar Breaks You also pass meadows of wildflowers and a alpine pond. Mule deer and other animals are often seen along the trail.

Upper Trailhead
This trail is located just west of Hwy 148, and it roughly parallels the road. From the upper parking area a 1-mile (round trip) loop extends down to the Alpine Pond area.

Alpine Pond
This small, natural pond is located in the middle portion of the hike. It is a serene spot that draws a wide variety of animals and birds. Wildflowers are abundant here.

Lower Trailhead
From the lower trailhead a 1-mile loop extends up to the Alpine Pond area. You can hike both the upper and lower loops (2 miles round trip), or shorten the trek by hiking just one. You can start at the top or bottom and hike either direction.