Dixie NF - Cedar City

Bristlecone Pine Trail

brochure Dixie NF - Cedar City - Bristlecone Pine Trail
Getting There Bristlecone Pine Trail Access The Bristlecone Pine Trail is a short, 0.5 mile roundtrip, hiking trail that is named after the trees that grow along the trail. The Bristlecone Pine tree is considered the oldest living single organism in the world. Some of the trees date back nearly 4,500 years, around the same time the pyramids were being built in Egypt! Bristlecone Pine Trail is accessed from the Bristlecone Pine Trailhead/Parking Area. Bristlecone Pine Trailhead N 37° 34.047’ W 112° 50.933’ From Cedar City to Bristlecone Pine: Approximately 18 miles The key to these trees surviving to their remarkable age is their ability to survive in adverse growing conditions. Bristlecone Pine trees have the amazing ability to grow during favorable years and almost completely stop all growth during adverse years. Their slow growth makes their wood extremely dense which makes it resistant to insects, rot, and erosion. Many of them contain considerable amounts of dead wood that surround a thin lining of inner bark that sustains the living portion of the tree. From I-15 take Exit 59 for UT-56/200 North. Proceed east on 200 North for 1 mile to the intersection with Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head south for 0.2 miles to the intersection with Center Street/University Blvd/UT-14. Turn left onto Center Street/UT-14 and continue southeast on UT-14 for 17 miles to the Bristlecone Pine Trailhead parking area on the south side of the road. 15 143 Brian Head Cedar City Cedar Breaks N.M. 14 143 143 Branches and Needles Trailhead 1 2 3 4 5 Miles Viewing Platform Dixie National Forest Found on the high, barren, wind-swept slopes of the southwestern states, Bristlecone Pine trees can be identified by their location, form, foliage, and cones. These trees are short, bushy, often multi-stemmed and malformed. The needles are deep green and occur in clusters of five. They are 1” to 1 ½” in length and slightly curved. The needles completely surround the twigs and small branches giving them the appearance of a long bushy tail. The cones are 3” to 3 ½” in length and are a deep chocolate brown at maturity. The cone scales are stout, thick, and armed with a long fragile prickle from which the Bristlecone Pine receives its common name. The trail is accessible late spring when the snowpack has melted through the fall. There is a little shade offered along the trail under the trees but many areas are fully exposed to the sun. There is also no water available along the trail. While the elevation helps to keep things moderately cool, prepare for warm temperatures during the summer. Due to the limited range, unique age, scientific and aesthetic value, the U.S. Forest Service has a non-cutting, non-removal policy for the trees. You are encouraged to visit and photograph these extraordinary specimens but please do not climb, carve, or deface the trees. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Dixie National Forest. Please remember to respect your National Forest Lands and Tread Lightly! Trailhead Cedar City Ranger District The trail is a relatively flat easy hike, but be careful on some of the uneven surfaces. The trail offers two branches, diverging shortly out of the parking area and converging before the viewing platform at the end. To see all the trail has to offer take one branch on the way out and the other on the way back. The viewing platform at the end of the trail offers spectacular views of the upper reaches of Zion National Park. 148 0 Bristlecone Pine Trail Bristlecone August 2011 Named for the spectacular Bristlecone Pine trees that grow in the area, this short, 0.5 mile roundtrip, hiking trail is a journey back in time. The end of the trail provides beautiful views into Zion National Park. Forest Service United States Department of Agriculture Cedar Breaks National Monument s ing Po Crystal Tra il ta to ow ll Ho Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area n 14 w Parking Area il 51 il Tra #361 #277 Blowhard Tra i ne o ec tl is Br l 14 e s #2 Spr ne Pi a Tr #1 5 62 Viewing Platform 0 250 500 750 Ha 24 #16 1,000 Feet 51 #2 k oc nc 148 #052 9,980 #251 51 9,960 l i Tra 9,940 9,920 9,900 #240 0 0.05 0.1 Rim 0.5 0.75 1 Viewing Platform 9,960 #055 9,940 #0 9,920 55 #0 55 0 Elevation in Feet 0.25 9,980 9,900 Mile 0.2 0 0.05 0.1 0.15 Distance in Miles 0.2 65 0.25 l 0 #1635 0.15 Distance in Miles Bristlecone Pine Trail Profile - East Path Parking Area 10,000 i Tra Bristlecone Pine Trail Viewing Platform #2 er Riv Elevation in Feet 10,000 14 #162 6 Bristlecone Pine Trail Profile - West Path Parking Area #1 in Peak Vir g 0.25

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