Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Snoeshoeing at Cedar Breaks

Upper Alpine Pond Trail to the Yurt

Miles: 2 miles round trip (the full Upper Alpine Pond Trail is 4.4 miles roundtrip)

Assent: +180'

Elevation: at 10,500 ft

Location: Cedar Break National Monument, UT

ALPINE POND (10,500 ft elevation, in the interior of the Park, on the Upper Alpine Pond Hiking Trail):
To get to this trail, drive about a mile south past the Rattlesnake trailhead (above) until you reach the closed gate to the Park, where there will be a small parking area carved out of the snow on (closed) road UT-148. Utah DOT says that they will plow this parking area this winter (2009-10), but the cars should leave in the case of a bad snow storm. Ski along the snowmobile trail on the closed road UT-148 for about a mile, where you should see a yurt and the ski trailhead signs for the Alpine trail on the right side of the road. This Alpine Pond trail is about a mile long, each way, and is easy/moderate except in a couple places where sharp, sloped curves may be hard to negotiate in icy conditions. Snowmobiles are prohibited off the highway 148, so you should have a nice peaceful glide through the trees on this trail. This trail is sometimes groomed when the Park has sufficient help (not often).

Map to the Upper Alpine Pine Trailhead (Utah 143 & Utah 148)

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