Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Side of Cedar Breaks

In the low desert of southern Utah these days, when mid–September temperatures not only approach triple digits but also have the audacity to linger there, it is time to head to the high country for a hike along the redrock near Cedar Breaks National Monument.

IMG_8058 CedarBreaks

It never hurts to bring along a few friends.


Judy points out the blazes, so we must be going in the right direction.

IMG_8043Blazing Judy
Soon views emerge of Cedar Breaks and the 50–million–year–old lake and river deposits of the Claron Formation.

IMG_8050Claron Formation

The Crystal Springs/Blowhard trail winds through spruce and fir and towering aspens that stab at the sky. It is not inside the actual amphitheater of the monument but is along its southern periphery.


Our views continue as we traipse through the low shrubby manzanita.

The nubby texture of the aspens intrigues me.


IMG_8060Aspen Texture

Park rangers do enjoy pointing at things, even if we are off duty!

IMG_8068OffDuty RangerPointing
Here, the elevation wanders somewhere around 9,000 feet above sea level while the highest point in Cedar Breaks reaches10,350 feet. It is soothing to any heat–weary summer soul to know that, within a few months, these mountains and this trail will be buried beneath a blanket of snow.

IMG_8073Aspen Leaf


  1. What a beautiful mountain and canyon. How beautiful it will be when it's covered in snow. Thanks for the lovely photo's

    1. Thanks for your comments, Rachel. Cedar Breaks is indeed gorgeous in snow, and a great place to snowshoe and cross country ski.