Brian Head Resort is not just for skiing! In fact, you may find that spring, summer, or fall is your favorite time to visit. Boasting of gorgeous wildflowers, plentiful wildlife, fiery autumn foliage, and year-round cool temperatures, Brian Head provides a lovely reprieve from the desert heat. Be sure to include Brian Head in your summer Southern Utah adventures.
Over the next few months, we will be sharing some activities to enjoy at Brian Head. Today we’ll discuss hiking, but be sure to check back with us for other activities.
Brian Head is a popular destination for hikers in the summer due to its year-round cool temperatures. When the desert temps are hitting +100 degrees, the resort is hovering around a comfortable 70 degrees Farenheit. Brian Head offers a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. If you’re looking for a leisurely afternoon stroll, you can ride the chair lift up the mountain a short distance and walk back down. If you’re looking for a challenge, one trail will take you up the mountain where you peak at about 11,000 ft in elevation.
Listed below are some popular trails, their difficulty levels, and a short description of what you’ll encounter. Enjoy!
All New Color Country – Beginner to Intermediate
This top to Bottom Trail offers a gradual winding descent through a variety of scenic delights; lush meadows, bubbling springs, dense forest, and the famous Southern Utah Red Rock Vistas. enjoy the Color Country trail by itself, or use it to mis and match other trail segments all day long.
6 Trial Loop – Beginner to Intermediate
Another one of Brian Head’s undiscovered gems; the 6 trail loop is a combination of trails looping the upper elevations of Brian Head Peak. Offering some of the most diverse and spectacular views in a short 4.6 mile loop, the six trails together are; Color Country , Peak Access Trail, Sidney Peak Trial, Dark Hollow, Mace’s, and Timberline. X-Country riders and hikers alike agree that this is a must do!
Brian Head Peak Access Trail – Intermediate
This short ascent around Brian Head Peak is used to gain access to the Sidney Peaks Trail Head and many more mountain bike trail options. This under utilized trail across the exposed south side of Brian Head Peak offers some of the most stunning flowery meadow views.
Lightning Point – Intermediate
This trail splits off early from the Coor Country Trail. After crossing UT Hwy 143 you will enjoy open meadows, before ascending through the forest overlooking Ashdown Gorge and Cedar Breaks National Monument behind Lightning Point Mountain. Drop into the Upper Bear Flat Campground and to coast down UT Hwy 143, a short distance back to the Brian Head REsort Mountain Bike Park.
Even though the temperatures are not extreme, be sure to drink enough water and wear sun protection. Most areas have good cell phone coverage, so you can call 435-677-2035 for help in case of an emergency. Be safe and have fun!