Cedar Breaks Bottoms
Description: Cedar Breaks Bottoms is a backpacking trail that takes you from Dixie National Forest’s “Crystal Spring” to Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Distance: 8.9 to 11.3 Miles One Way (Depending upon which routes you take.)
Difficulty: Somewhat Strenuous
Highest Elevation: 9,000 Feet Above Sea Level
Jurisdiction: Dixie National Forest; Cedar Breaks National Monument
The Cedar Breaks Bottoms Trailhead is located about 7 miles from Cedar City along Highway 14. Simply look for the sign for “Crystal Spring.”
This kike will take you along some of Utah’s pristine mountain country, where you will often find yourself surrounded with aspen and pine. The best route to take is to go to the sign for the old Potato Hollow Trail and, from that sign, choose to follow the Blowhard Mountain Trail which takes you west towards Long Hollow. On the Blowhard Mountain Trail, you will be following a small stream called Long Hollow and will descend towards Ashdown Creek.
Once you reach Ashdown Creek, which will be recognizable by its larger size, you will follow it upstream for about 1. 5 miles to reach Cedar Breaks National Monument. Within Cedar Breaks National Monument, you will have 3 options from which to choose for your trail.
You may go to Chessman Canyon, where you will find many a hoodoo and pink colored cliff. You will arrive at a dead end because of many a large boulder that blocks the way.
You may head to Arch Creek, where you will be surrounded by sheer, high cliffs and seasonal waterfalls. Like the Chessman Canyon option, you will find a dead end caused by large boulders.
You may go through Jericho Canyon, where you will be surrounded by cliffs of pink and white. The Jericho Canyon is quit rocky and I am sure got its name due to the fact that the may large boulders in the sandy terrain do remind one of what it would have looked like when the large walls of Jericho once fell. You will eventually find a dead end in Jericho Canyon caused by said large boulders.